There are now eight or nine regular players with age ranges from 17 to 40+. The club has a qualified Level 2 Coach, Jordan Yeates, a member of the Saints community team.
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, a number of friendly fixtures are being planned using 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.
Saints Wheelchair Rugby Club are 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.
WHEN Mondays between 7:15pm and 8:30pm
WHERE Weston Favell Academy, Northampton
WHO Adults aged 18 and over
JUNIOR SESSIONS From October 2nd juniors aged between 8 and 18 with any existing disability can also have specific training sessions between 6pm and 7:15pm
For all sessions 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 599113 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
A team from Friars Academy in Wellingborough represented Northampton Saints in the National Youth Tournament in November 2016 at Stoke Mandeville, after 6 training sessions at their school. Although they didn’t win the Tournament, they had a great day out and did the club proud. Saints are hoping to develop a youth team and to deliver coaching sessions in the county’s Special Schools.
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:
Coach – Jordan Yeates at email@example.com
Head of Community – Connor Fleming on 01604 599113 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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/