History

The game was invented in 1977 in Canada by a group of tetraplegic wheelchair basketball players who were tired of losing out on court time to their more functional team mates. Clearly many others felt the same as the sport quickly grew in popularity and spread to the USA.

The sport landed on these shores in the early 1980s, when the States team flew over to give an exhibition at Stoke Mandeville. Soon after our first three clubs were established and there are now more than 10 teams up and down the UK. Find your nearest club here.

Globally, the sport was debuted at the World Wheelchair Games in 1990 and  it became a full Paralympic sport at Sydney 2000, following a demonstration at games in Atlanta 1996.

Great Britain have constantly competed with the world’s best teams, qualifying for every Paralympic Games and winning five gold medals at the Wheelchair Rugby European Championships.

For more information on the game and current world rankings, visit the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation website.