For Players With Special Needs
and Different Abilities
The DLSP Eagles is a rugby team made up of players with special needs.
The primary focus for the Eagles is to have fun, get players to appreciate the game of rugby, develop ball-handling and spatial awareness, whilst helping to develop skills and fitness to improve their daily lives.
The coaching team is made up of dedicated volunteers with a wide range of skills and experience. Amongst them are coaches, players and learning disability professionals as well as people who just want to get stuck in!
Every Sunday morning at 11:00am in Kirwan Park, Kilternan (between Stepaside and Enniskerry) we have training (unless we have an away game against other teams in Dublin or further afield!)
Players usually wear track suits, boots (preferably) or runners. We do our best to cater for all ages and abilities.
Over the past few years, we’ve had numerous teams visit us and we’ve played in tournaments with teams from Seapoint, Westmanstown Special Needs (Garda RFC), Greystones, Barnhall, Mullingar and Garryowen. We have had the privilege of playing on the RDS pitch during halftime at Leinster games. We have paraded in the Aviva and have played there in the half time slot.
We have had numerous VIPs visiting our team to show support, including the Ireland manager Joe Schmidt, Brent Pope, Alan Quinlan, Alex Petrilli "the king of paws" Isaac Boss and Ciera Peelo an Irish Olympian sailer. While some of these VIPs are not from a rugby background they have all come to different training sessions and participated in the enjoyment and fun on the day.