Wheelchair rugby comes to region
WITH the focus currently on the Rugby World Cup, people with physical disabilities will soon have the opportunity to get involved in the wheelchair version of the sport in Northamptonshire.
Wheelchair rugby – also known as ‘MurderBall’ due to some of the big collisions between chairs as a way of trying to dispossess the opposition – was a massive success at the Paralympics in 2012, where Australia won the Gold medal.
Marauders Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Club members, who already have teams in Leicester and Sheffield, are now running taster sessions at Northampton University’s
Everdon sports hall on the Boughton Green Road Park Campus (NN2 7AL) every Saturday 10am-1pm.
The sessions are open to anyone aged 16+ with a mobility impairment in their upper and/or lower body. You don’t have to be a wheelchair user and anyone else interested in attending as a volunteer would also be much appreciated. If these taster sessions go well, a Northamptonshire team may be developed.
Graeme Wilson, disability development officer at Northamptonshire Sport said: “This is yet another exciting development for disabled people in Northamptonshire, providing them with a great opportunity to get involved in a fast moving, physical and dynamic sport. After the launch of the Wheelchair Racing Academy recently, it’s great to add yet another wheelchair sport to the offer available in the county and bring a direct legacy from the 2012 Paralympics to a local level.”
The coaching, wheelchairs and other equipment will all be provided, so all participants have to do is turn up in sports clothing and take along a drink. For more information about the sessions and to register in advance, which is advised, contact the Marauders Secretary Agata Pryl, via email: email@example.com
Pictured above – JOIN MURDERBALL PLAYERS! Wheelchair rugby BT National Championships 2015, pictured by Martin Saych photography.