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GBWR are offering the chance to try out the most exciting game of the 2012 London Paralympics - Wheelchair Rugby on Monday 28th April at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke.

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

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The free taster session will be for any potential players, male or female, with a physical impairment. Wheelchairs and coaching will be provided.

There will also be an appearance from a player from Stoke city football club joining in the fun on the day.

An exciting fusion of ice hockey, handball and rugby, the game was originally founded in Canada in 1977. It’s not only based on speed and chair contact, but is also a tactically intelligent game to be involved in.

Eight rolling substitutes make up squads of 12, with four players on court per team at any time, with the aim of driving the ball across the opponents' goal line. Contact between wheelchairs is permitted, as players use their chairs to block and hold opponents.

The emphasis of the sport is on fun, excitement and inclusion, particularly for players with higher levels of impairment.

This taster session is part of a wider week of Wheelchair Rugby taking part in Stoke leading up to the Wheelchair Rugby National Championships taking place 3rd – 5th May at Fenton Manor in Stoke.

It will see the UK’s top Wheelchair Rugby teams battle it out for the cup including some of the stars of London 2012 and future athletes of Rio 2016.

The taster session takes place between 12pm to 2pm on Monday 28th April at Fenton manor Sports complex in Stoke, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2RR.

More information can be found on the website: www.gbwr.org.uk

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