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Wheelchair rugby boost for GRFC
England coach Mark Roughsedge will be visiting the Gravesend wheelchair rugby set up on Wednesday 16th October, at the training session held at North West Kent College, Denton, to pass on his advice and assist with coaching during the evening.
For those not aware of the sport, a few details are out lined below.
Wheelchair Rugby League was developed in France in 2000 and was introduced here in 2005. England won the world cup in 2009 but narrowly lost 42-40 to France in July 2013. It’s one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
Wheelchair Rugby is quite unique in that it offers both disabled and non disabled players of both sexes and a wide age range the opportunity to compete both with and against each other on a level playing field created by the use of sports wheelchairs and some slight adaptations of the rules – for example conversions are punched rather than kicked but still use a ‘Tee’ to strike from and the ball must still travel between the upright rugby posts.
The sport is unique in wheelchair sports in that it is faithful to the rules of its sport;
• Five players in each team score tries in exactly the same way as Rugby
• Conversions are scored by punching the ball from a tee over rugby posts
• Tackles are made as in tag rugby by taking the attached tag
• Offside and knock-on applies as per Rugby
There is a national league involving 12 teams.
The GRFC Wheelchair Rugby club is open to all (anyone in school year 5, aged 9 and above plus adults, of course) and runs on Wednesdays 4.30pm till 6pm (an evening club session is planned if there is sufficient interest.
The Club meets at North West Kent College in Gravesend www.nwkcollege.ac.uk .
Potential members should contact the GRFC organiser, Jason Owen by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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