Wheelchair Rugby Makes A Big Impact On Friars Academy Students
Posted: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:09
On Saturday 19th November a group of students with a learning, or physical disability from Friars Academy in Wellingborough represented Northampton Saints in the BT Youth Wheelchair Rugby tournament which was held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
The students were selected from a group who had taken part in 6 training sessions at their school provided by coaches from Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) and the Northampton Saints community department.
At the tournament the Northampton Saints team sporting the same black, green and gold kit as their heroes from the running game at Franklin's Gardens represented the club very well and did them proud with some great efforts against teams from around the country. Many of these had been playing the sport for a number of years, so it was no surprise that their superior experience led to them unfortunately beating the Saints team who displayed a lot of skill and effort right until to the end of each match.
They were rewarded with an 11 points to 3 win over Bristol Sharks, but sadly their hopes of winning the shield ended when they lost a very close game against Leicester Tigers by the narrow margin of 13 – 10 and finished runners up as a result.
Head of PE at Friars Academy Rhian Turnbull accompanied the students at the tournament and said the following about their experiences of playing Wheelchair Rugby:
"Having the opportunity to have a go at wheelchair rugby was an engaging and exciting experience for all the pupils involved. In particular, the pupils who went on to be selected for the BT Youth Wheelchair Rugby Tournament had an unforgettable day and wore their Northampton Saints shirts with pride. Throughout the day the pupils displayed outstanding teamwork, determination and passion for the sport. For me it was a perfect example of how sport can bring people together, ignite passion and develop important life skills."
Northampton Saints are continuing their association with the sport by working in partnership with GBWR and Northamptonshire Sport to develop a community club in the county. Anyone with a disability aged 16 and over who would be interested in being involved in this development for which training will start at Weston Favell Academy on Monday 16th January 7 – 8:30pm should contact Connor Flemming from the club by email on email@example.com, or phone 01604 599119.