Developing a Wheelchair Rugby Coaching Qualification

In 2014 I asked to be part of a technical coaching panel to discuss the possibility of developing a wheelchair rugby coaching qualification and producing a technical coaching manual. Over the two year period this has proved to be a much more challenging task than anyone could have ever anticipated! Last weekend we delivered the course at the University of Gloucester to 10 enthusiastic students and presented them with a spectacular glossy coaching manual covering all the aspects and qualities needed to be a Level 2 Wheelchair Rugby Coach with the most up-to-date technical resources and advice: “Yes we got there in the end”. The participants who attended the course came from a wide r...
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BPA Elections

Members will be aware that Tim Reddish has stood down as Chairman of the BPA and as such a new chair and three new Directors will be elected at a meeting of the NPC on 28 February. I am attaching the candidates for both the Chair and Director positions and if anyone has any view on any of these then please email me at david.pond@gbwr.org.uk or give me a call on 07971 495 990. David Pond Summary of Nominations Ed Bracher ...
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HRH Princess Anne and The Dorset Destroyers Wheelchair Rugby Club

Nick and Sue Coombs, Chairman and Club Secretary of The Dorset Destroyers Wheelchair Rugby Club were invited to the Official Opening of Holton Lee Livability Spinal Unit by HRH Princess Anne and to meet her personally beforehand. They discussed wheelchair rugby and HRH Princess Anne was reminded about her daughter Zara and Mike Tindall getting involved in the Invictus Games “Friendly...
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Coaching Team for European Championships Announced

While we await the decision on our representation to UK Sport to fund the GB squad for the Tokyo cycle, planning for this year’s European Championships continues with the announcement of our coaching team. Paul Shaw will continue as Head Coach following a very successful Rio cycle which saw the team become European Champions in 2015 and narrowly miss out on a semi-final place at the Rio Paralympic Games. Appointed as Assistant coaches are Rob Tarr and Darren Matthews. Rob Tarr is one of the most experienced players and coaches in the game. He represented GB in every major tournament between 1985- 2005 including 3 Paralympic Games, 3 World Championships and 4 European Championships, and ...
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Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Representation to UK Sport

On 19 December 2016, GBWR notified its intention to make representation to the UK Sport Board about its decision not to fund wheelchair rugby for the Tokyo cycle. In line with the procedure for making such a representation, GBWR will submit its written representation by 5pm on Tuesday 17 January. The criteria set by UK Sport for the purposes of such representation is that there should be significant new facts that the UK Sport Board did not consider when it made its decision, which shows with evidence that wheelchair rugby should have been placed into a higher merit band, which in turn may have attracted investment. GBWR has worked with Professor Tolfrey Director of the Peter H...
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