The most exciting sport of the 2012 & 2016 Paralympics is coming to Berkshire.
Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, Reading Rugby Club and all Berkshire RFU Rugby Clubs are teaming up with Get Berkshire Active and Wokingham Borough Council to bring Wheelchair Rugby to the county, with a series of taster sessions which will take place at Loddon Valley Leisure Centre Rushey Way, Earley, Reading RG6 4GD, over two Saturdays, 16th & 23rd September 2017. Click here for the poster.
An exciting fusion of ice hockey, handball and rugby, the game was originally founded in Canada in 1977. It’s not only based on 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.
The Taster Sessions are open to both Youth (12+) and Adults players with a physical impairment; you don’t need to be a wheelchair user to take part. We will 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.
If the sessions are successful, Berkshire Rugby Clubs are hoping to develop a local Wheelchair Rugby team with regular training sessions, which will be the first in Berkshire. Craig Hunter the Youth Chairman of Reading Rugby club commented, “It would be brilliant to have a Wheelchair Rugby Club in Berkshire. All the rugby clubs in Berkshire have offered support and we now looking to attract as many people as possible to come and give this exciting game a go. Please contact us for more information”.
This is a mixed team sport for both male and female disabled athletes, sessions will be free and are be open to anyone interested in learning more about the game, including volunteers.
Updated 13th September 2017