Still high levels of interest

It is now three weeks since the end of the Paralympics but we are still getting lots of emails and calls from people interested in getting involved with the sport. Three potential new players have been sign posted to Marauders and the interest in Southampton has been sufficient for us to work with the agencies in the area to arrange for  6 'taster sessions' to be delivered in Totton. There is also a huge amount of interest in Suffolk and Woodbridge Rugby Club is acting as the catalyst for bringing all of this together and we intend to get something going out of there as quickly as possible so that we can let people try out the game. This builds on our strategy of working more closely wi...
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The game has an exciting future

I am currently hearing much talk about the legacy of the games and by that I guess people are thinking about what are we left to build on after the games. I actually prefer the term the BPA use which is 'momentum' in other words how do we build on the momentum and interest created by the games. For us, like many sports I am sure, this is critical. We are getting many enquiries from people who are keen to become involved in our sport. Some are interested in playing, others want to learn to coach or to become officials and others just want to volunteer to help in any way they can. It is really important that we respond immediately to this interest even if at this stage we just acknowled...
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Competing with the best to be the best

In the end the Basketball Arena's 10,000 capacity could not cope with the numbers who turned up to see GB and the best of the other teams play. Wheelchair Rugby was the ticket everyone was trying to get hold of. I was told that one of the most asked questions at the information booths on the park was 'where can we get a ticket to watch wheelchair rugby'. There were massive queues for the opening game against the USA and this set the scene for a level of interest never seen in this country. Items on national news and headline pages in the national and international newspapers is not something we are used to. It is clear that there is a market for our sport and we must now build on the mom...
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Congratulations to Japan

We are all having to lick our wounds and face up to the fact that we have lost to Japan at a critical point in the tournament and will not qualify for the semi-finals. We congratulate Japan and wish them well for the next stage of the competition. They played very well against us and in the second quarter of the game created a gap that became impossible to close. This is the essence of elite sport and we will now do our very best in our remaining matches in order to maintain our 5th place world ranking. Now is not the time to review our performance during this paralympic cycle but this is something we will be undertaking in the coming weeks so that we can learn from the experience and...
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An extraordinary day for wheelchair rugby

Today was an extraordinary day for wheelchair rugby in general and for GB in particular. I woke to find virtually every newspaper filled with pictures and comment on the GB v USA game and all of it hugely positive and saying what a fantastic and exciting game it is. Who would have thought that The Guardian would have a front page dominated by a picture of Dave Anthony and Aaron Phipps? Or that the Times would carry 3 full pages on the game? and then there was the fantastic picture of Aaron Phipps in the Telegraph. Any sport would be thrilled to have this sort of coverage and it confirms that we have a very marketable product. The day continued with everyone talking about rugby and with e...
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Now for France

Buoyed on by a full stadium of 10,000 spectators and the area outside the stadium resembling the Wimbledon hill when Andy Murray is playing, GB gave a good performance against the USA ranked the best in the world. Leading 13-11 after the first quarter, the USA slowly ground us down, restricting our space and making it difficult to unleash the likes of Aaron Phipps and Dave Anthony. By half time the USA were 10 points up and the game finished with a 56-44 victory for the USA. Despite the result this was an encouraging performance by our young team and we will go into the France game knowing more about what we have to do to win and also much better prepared for the overwhelming noise and t...
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