At GingerCloud Foundation, we want to remove the barriers experienced by young people with Autism and other learning and perceptual disabilities, so they can live their best life, both on and off the field.
Megan and Anthony Elliott’s son Max is an inspiring young man with autism and a complex language disability.
Max often felt isolated from social events and found it difficult to create friendship groups as he was growing up.
The Elliott family’s dream was to create an inclusive community where girls, boys and young people, just like Max, felt valued and can live their best life.
So the Elliott’s founded GingerCloud Foundation and with support from rugby, they developed a world first, club based Modified Rugby Program (MRP) to help create connections for young people like Max, developing a home for them with their local rugby club community.
On Saturday 3 May 2014 eight young people with Autism and other learning and perceptual disabilities with the support of eight PlayerMentors ran on field for their first game of Modified Rugby.
Seven years on GingerCloud’s MRP has grown to 325 players, PlayerMentors and coaches in 33 teams across 13 clubs in Queensland & the ACT.
The MRP continues to grow and GingerCloud is also building our players and mentors skills, empowering inclusion beyond the rugby field.
GingerCloud’s programs include youth leadership and mentoring programs, workplace inclusion programs and work experience for young persons with a disability.
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Modified Rugby Program (MRP)
Through GingerCloud’s Modified Rugby Program (MRP) girls, boys and young adults with Autism and other learning and perceptual disabilities (MRP Players) can have a home in community rugby clubs.
The MRP is a world-first, modified form of touch-only rugby, developed by GingerCloud Foundation, where each MRP Player has their own PlayerMentor on the field supporting them. Through the program, MRP Players experience the sheer thrill of playing rugby, often for the very first time.
The MRP aims to move MRP Players off the sidelines and into the main game. The program encourages these MRP Players and their families to become part of their local rugby club community.
Since this time, it has positively impacted more than 335 participants. MRP supports young people transition to a more advanced form of MRP as they develop their skills and knowledge, and in their capability and confidence.
|Year 1 - 2014||2021|
|18 Participants||335 Participants|
|8 MRP Players||138 MRP Players|
|8 PlayerMentors||114 PlayerMentors|
|2 MRP Coaches||32 MRP Coaches|
|1 Club||13 Clubs, 30 MRP Teams & 4 Divisions|
|9100 hours of sideline conversations|