Wheelchair rugby comes to Northampton to give people with disabilities the chance to try out sport

Picture: Northamptonshire Sport
Picture: Northamptonshire Sport

People with physical disabilities are being given the chance to try out wheelchair rugby at the University of Northampton.

Wheelchair rugby, also known as ‘MurderBall’ due to some of the big collisions between chairs as a way of trying to dispossess the opposition, was a massive success at the Paralympics in 2012 where Australia won the Gold medal.

Marauders Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Club, who already have teams in Leicester and Sheffield, are going to be running some taster sessions at the university’s Everdon sports hall on the Boughton Green Road Park Campus (NN2 7AL) every Saturday 10am - 1pm, starting on the October 3.

The sessions are open to anyone aged 16+ with a mobility impairment in their upper, and or lower body. You don’t have to be a wheelchair user and anyone else interested in attending as a volunteer would also be much appreciated. If these taster sessions go well then work will begin on trying to develop a team in Northants.

Graeme Wilson, disability development officer at Northamptonshire Sport, said: “This is yet another exciting development for disabled people in Northamptonshire, providing them with a great opportunity to get involved in a fast moving, physical and dynamic sport.

“After the launch of the Wheelchair Racing Academy the other week it’s great to add yet another wheelchair sport to the offer available in the county and bring a direct legacy from the 2012 Paralympics to a local level!”

The coaching, wheelchairs and other equipment will all be provided, so all participants have to do is turn up in sports clothing and bring a drink. For more information about the sessions and to register in advance which is advised please contact the Marauders secretary Agata Pryl via email on secretary@mtwrc.org.uk