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About Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair rugby is a team sport for athletes with disabilities, and is played in over 20 countries across the globe. It is played indoors on a hardwood court the same size as a basketball court, and is a contact sport, however it has little in common with the traditional game of rugby. Wheelchair rugby is played by two teams, who can each only put four players from their team of 12 on the court at any one time. It is a mixed gender sport, enabling males and females to play together on the same teams.

Wheelchair rugby is a team sport for athletes with disabilities, and is played in over 20 countries across the globe. It is played indoors on a hardwood court the same size as a basketball court, and is a contact sport, however it has little in common with the traditional game of rugby. Wheelchair rugby is played by two teams, who can each only put four players from their team of 12 on the court at any one time. It is a mixed gender sport, enabling males and females to play together on the same teams.The aim of the game is the score a goal by carrying the ball across the goal line, and for a goal to count, two wheels of the wheelchair must cross the goal line while the player has possesion of the ball. The player holding the ball must pass or bounce it within every ten seconds.

Fair and safe physical contact between wheelchairs is permitted and an integral part of the game, however direct contact between players is not permitted.

 There are opportunities to play wheelchair rugby in Wiltshire and Swindon, and more information on the sport can be found on the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby website www.gbwr.co.uk

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