Reading Rugby Club, Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby and all the Berkshire RFU Rugby Clubs, London Irish, with support from Get Berkshire Active and Wokingham Borough Council, are launching a Wheelchair Rugby club in the county. The ‘Berkshire Banshees’ Wheelchair Rugby Club will start training on the 11th November.
After running a couple of successful taster sessions in September, attracting an enthusiastic group of 11 new players, Reading Rugby club working with their partners are launching a new Wheelchair Rugby Club called the ‘Berkshire Banshees’. The club is being launched on the 11th November 11am at Reading Blue Coat School, Sonning-on-Thames, Berkshire, RG4 6SU. The Saturday morning launch is the start of a regular weekly training session that will be run by the club and this will be the first and only Wheelchair Rugby Club to be run in Berkshire.
The club will be borrowing Rugby chairs from GBWR in the short term, whilst applying for funding and looking for sponsorship to buy rugby chairs of their own. If anyone is interested in supporting the club with this please contact Craig Hunter on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The club training sessions are open to both Youth (12+) and Adult players with a physical impairment; you don’t need to be a wheelchair user to take part. We welcome players of any ability, new players who have never tried this sport before, old players who have played previously but are thinking of playing again, as well as anyone who would just be interested in volunteering.
“On behalf of all Rugby Clubs in Berkshire we are delighted that we have reached the point that we can now launch ‘Berkshire Banshees’ Wheelchair Rugby Club. Like all start up clubs we have had some challenges and we face many hurdles moving forward in order to ensure we can buy all our own chairs and create a sustainable Wheelchair Rugby Club. However, the initial support from all the Berkshire Rugby Clubs, GBWR, GBA and WBC has been very encouraging and much appreciated. We do need local community support so if any businesses or individuals would like to help us, please contact me Craig Hunter on email@example.com thank you”.
Wheelchair Rugby is an exciting fusion of ice hockey, handball and rugby; the game was originally founded in Canada in 1977. It’s not only about speed and chair contact, but is also a tactically intelligent game to be involved in. Eight rolling substitutes make up squads of 12, with four players on court per team at any time, with the aim of driving the ball across the opponents' goal line. Contact between wheelchairs is permitted, as players use their chairs to block and hold opponents. The emphasis of the sport is on fun, excitement and inclusion; particularly for players with higher levels of impairment.
This is a mixed team sport for both male and female disabled athletes. Club sessions are open to anyone interested in learning more about the game, including volunteers. For further details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
We are also delighted to advise that London Irish Rugby Club, have joined forces with all Berkshire Rugby Clubs and will be supporting Berkshire Banshees Wheelchair Rugby Club moving forward, further details to follow.
Updated 8th November 2017