The Northampton Saints Wheelchair Rugby Club are constantly on the lookout for new players, young and old, experienced and amateur, with any level of disability. The club operates an Adult (18+) and Youth (8-17) section with weekly training sessions delivered by qualified Wheelchair Rugby coaches.
It’s a little too early to enter a full Northampton Saints team into the GB League structures but for 2017/18, the club has joined forces with Woodbridge Wheeled Warriors, based in Suffolk and a combined team will compete in Division 3. In addition, the club plays in a number of friendly fixtures of Wheelchair Rugby 5’s, the new version of the game which features five players on court and is aimed at those who are not classifiable for the Paralympic game.
Northampton Saints Wheelchair Rugby Club are also seeking volunteers to help with the administration of the club and providing support to the players and team at training and matches. There are various Committee roles to be filled and people are needed to become Team Bench staff, changing wheels, mending punctures and picking up players who’ve fallen out of their wheelchairs during training and matches. All volunteers will receive training and help in finding the right role for them.
Youth (8-17) 6:00pm-7:15pm
Adult (18+) 7:15pm and 8:30pm
WHERE Weston Favell Academy, Northampton
The training sessions are completely free for all participants and all equipment, including protective gloves and tap, is provided free of charge.
You can’t play without a specially designed, robust rugby wheelchair and Saints are in the process of raising funds to purchase a set of their own, as they currently borrow a number of chairs from GBWR. Anyone who wants to donate, sponsor or fundraise is urged to get in contact with the Head of Community, Connor Fleming on 01604 599162 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a disability and want to play for Northampton Saints Wheelchair Rugby Club, if you want to volunteer in any way or if you want to help the club financially, then contact either of the following:
Head of Community – Connor Fleming on 01604 599162 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Also available for support and information about the sport, you can contact GBWR’s Regional Development Officer, Simon Starr on 07967 308 527 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other links that will help you gain a greater understanding of the sport are:
Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby http://gbwr.org.uk/
International Wheelchair Rugby Federation http://iwrf.com/?page=home
For more information on sport in Northamptonshire, visit http://www.northamptonshiresport.org/