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All Abilities


To provide opportunities for those with a disability to participate in Rugby League.


Heroes with Ability was formed to inspire, teach, motivate, and include all people in all aspects of life in health and wellbeing, social inclusion within the community and community awareness.

To provide inclusive sports programs (such as Rugby League) that are designed to cater for the health and wellbeing of people with varying abilities. We assist also by mentoring students to make good choices and encourage the students to help and mentor each other.

“To inspire and to be inspired”

Eels partner with Heroes with Ability

About the program

The program allows children and adults with varying abilities to participate in Rugby League.

Heroes with Ability also deliver post school programs to adults as they didn't have the chance to experience such an inclusive program whilst in their school years. This allows the individual to be included and not miss out on any opportunities encouraging health and wellbeing.

With the ongoing support of the Parramatta Eels, Heroes with Ability can continue to create smiles for both students and adults within the community by offering them the program as well as providing extended opportunities for participants to attend gamedays and sit in the Heroes with Ability inclusion bay, which was launched at Bankwest Stadium in June 2021, at the Parramatta Eels gameday.

Even though the Rugby League skill program consist of Rugby League drills and skills it incorporates a lot more then Rugby League. Within the program, HWA has found ways to teach the students using basic brain gym activities that focus on strengthening hand eye coordination and enhancing their listening skills by applying games/drills that encourage the students to focus. As they learn these skills they can apply them to not only our program but to all aspects of their lives moving forward.

Target market

The target group of the program is students with varying abilities within the school support units. HWA also include mainstream students in the program to focus on educating inclusion.


The outcome of this partnership is to break the stigma that people with varying abilities cannot play Rugby League or sport. The primary focus is on. We hope that through this program, HWA can break down barriers within the community for those living with varying abilities.


Ryan Matterson

Acknowledgement of Country

Parramatta Eels respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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