Printed Date: 27/04/2018

International rugby players to visit GLL leisure centre in Rugby

10 November 2014: Stars from the England and Wales wheelchair rugby teams are hoping to inspire more people with disabilities to try their hand at the sport when they visit Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre in Rugby this Sunday.

On 16 November, international coaches and players will be visiting the leisure centre on Bruce Williams Way, which is run by GLL the leading charitable social enterprise and UK’s largest leisure provider, on behalf of Rugby Borough Council, to raise the profile of their sport and the recent Paralympic sports at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

A fun and interactive day has been organised by GLL staff, with the rugby stars offering a unique insight into their beloved sport and providing an opportunity for disabled and able bodied people to try it out for themselves with a once in a lifetime chance to train with the professional sport players.

Beginning at midday, there will be a two hour, free taster session where coaches and players will take participants through the basic rules and skills involved in wheelchair rugby. Wheelchairs will be provided on the day, to ensure everyone has a chance to get involved. From 2:00pm to 5:00pm, the stars will play a game to show everyone how the sport is truly played and how much fun it is.

Commenting on the open day, Martin Beddis, Liverpool Lions and England Wheelchair 7s player said, “By being able to play wheelchair rugby 7s I have been able to play a sport with by son and daughter. No other sport can offer this. Siblings can join in with a disabled family member. We have father and son, brothers and even sisters playing wheelchair rugby. It's a real family sport. "

Mark Sesnan, Managing Director for GLL, said, “Wheelchair rugby proves that disability is never a barrier to sport or an active lifestyle and is accessible to people able-bodied or not. We know that sport can ultimately inspire change and improve lives and it is great that GLL can offer top class, affordable facilities for people for everyone in the community to enjoy. The open day on Sunday is a great opportunity for people to learn more about, and enjoy a very exhilarating sport.”

For more information, please email Georgia.barrett@gll.org.