Canterbury Wheelchair Rugby!

“Wheelchair Rugby is alive and active in Kent

After a fantastic first season 2014/15 which saw Canterbury “Hellfire” promoted to Nationals Division 2 and winning the BT National Shield, the squad have made a brilliant start to the 2015/16 season taking second place in Division 2. With one more league weekend to play the squad are set to defend their National Shield in Sheffield at the end of April 2016.

As well as players we have volunteers providing support to the players and being chair mechanics. We have Steve Brown, the 2012 Paralympics GBWR Captain, coaching the squad, but we always on the lookout for additional volunteers who can help out with coaching, refereeing, strength and conditioning as well as supporting the players.

Hellfire is the only club in Kent offering the Paralympian code, and we already have players coming from London and Tonbridge, as well as East Kent, to play. The sport is extremely inclusive: we are a mixed gender squad, with our youngest player being 14 and our eldest being 54. But challenges remain to promote the sport, encourage people to try out or volunteer, and financially the cost of chairs (at £3,000 per chair) and transport to venues are our main outlays. As the players develop, spare parts are also becoming a major outlay with punctures being a regular occurrence, and wheels and axels being bent or buckled.

The support we have received from the community over the last year has been fantastic and the appreciation of the players can be seen at every training session. If you fancy trying out or would like to volunteer please follow the link to find out more about the support, times and locations.”

History of the sport:

An exciting fusion of ice hockey, handball and rugby, the game was originally founded in Canada in 1977, going under the name of Murder Ball. It’s not only based on speed and chair contact, but is also a tactically intelligent game for all age groups 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.

Jonathan Marsh said: “Wheelchair rugby was one of the stand-out sports of the Paralympics and our aim is to establish a new club here in the South East.

The club is open to all male and female players over the age of 12 with a disability and to able-body members who can support the team in a variety of ways, such as logistical support, chair mechanics or player support.”

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