Hatfield leisure centre offering wheelchair rugby

PUBLISHED: 09:45 25 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:45 25 January 2018

Birchwood Leisure Centre

Birchwood Leisure Centre


Wheelchair rugby is coming to Hatfield with a series of taster sessions next month.

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR), the London Wheelchair Rugby Club (LWRC), and the Herts Sports Partnership (HSP) are working together to bring the sport to Hertfordshire.

Wheelchair rugby, which was founded in Canada in 1977, is a fusion of ice hockey, handball and rugby. The game is based on speed and contact, with squads of 12 composed of eight rolling substitutes and four players on the court at any one time.

The aim of the game is to drive the ball across the opponent’s goal line, and the sport emphasises fun and inclusion, particularly for players with higher levels of impairment.

Taster sessions will take place on Saturday, February 10 and Saturday, February 17 at Birchwood Leisure Centre, and are open to anyone aged 12 and up with a physical disability. You do not need to be a wheelchair user to take part.

If the sessions are successful, LWRC hope to develop a satellite club in Hertfordshire.

Paul Arnold, GBWR development officer, said: “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.”

Wheelchair rugby is a mixed team sport for both male and female disabled athletes. Sessions are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about the game.

For details on how to take part, contact Paul Arnold at paul.arnold@gbwr.co.uk or call 07872 664927

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