10 June 2014

Wheelchair Rugby is to make its first appearance at this year’s TAKEPART sport festival

The most exciting event of the London 2012 Paralympics, Wheelchair Rugby is coming to this year’s TAKEPART sport & physical activity festival on the 21 June.

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) and Brighton & Hove City Council are teaming up to bring Wheelchair Rugby to Brighton, with a series of taster sessions at TAKEPART.

This will be the first year GBWR will be involved in the festival and are hoping to introduce Wheelchair Rugby to as many disabled people in the city, with a further three sessions being held at Moulsecoomb Leisure Centre, Moulsecoomb Way, Brighton BN2 4PB on the 3,9 and 23 July, 1-3pm.

The Wheelchair Rugby will be part of the Amazing Activates at the festival at the Amazing Zone alongside events such as Judo, Wheelchair football, sound tennis for the visually impaired and many more.

Paul Arnold, GBWR Regional Development officer said: “It is a really exciting opportunity for us to work with the Sports Development Team at Brighton & Hove City Council to bring Wheelchair Rugby to Brighton.

If the sessions are successful we really hope we can look at starting a new local club, especially as the nearest existing club is either in Southampton or Canterbury.”

Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, chair of Brighton & Hove City Council's Economic Development and Culture Committee, said: “One of the lasting legacies of the London Games was the performances by our medal-winning Paralympians.

"Being able to provide wheel chair rugby as a taster activity in the Take Part Festival will be an eye-catching event designed to inspire young people, who I hope will want to get involved.

"Whether you are able-bodied or disabled there is wide variety of events during the festival and we encourage everyone to get involved.”

Find out more at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/takepart