Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, London Wheelchair Rugby Club and Herts Sports partnership are working in partnership to bring Wheelchair Rugby to Hertfordshire, with a series of taster sessions which will take place at Birchwood Leisure Centre Longmead, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 0AN, over two Saturdays, 10th&17th February 2018

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 disability, 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, LWRC are hoping to develop a local satellite club with regular training sessions, which will be the first in Hertfordshire. Paul Arnold, GBWR development officer commented “It would be brilliant to have a Wheelchair Rugby team in Hertfordshire, with links to the sports oldest and most successful club. This is a real opportunity to introduce our exciting sport to the county and offer more disabled people the chance to play”.

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.

For further details or to register to take part please contact paul.arnold@gbwr.org.uk; Tel; 07872 664927