Saints Rugby is Flourishing on the Court as Well as the Pitch!
Posted: Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:48
Northampton Saints have made an impressive start to the new rugby season on the pitch, topping the Aviva Premiership league table after 5 games, and the same goes for their wheelchair rugby team which was started less than a year ago. However as with everything the club does they don't hang around. They already have 10 players training regularly, a qualified coach from their community department running sessions, and 4 of their own chairs. They would however now like to develop the team even further, and to do so would like people's help on a number of fronts.
Firstly to help attract even more players regardless of their impairment as wheelchair rugby is a sport that can be enjoyed by people with physical and learning disabilities together. The senior team which is open to anyone aged 16+ train at Weston Favell Academy in Northampton on a Monday evening from 7 – 8:30pm.
The Saints are also keen to develop a junior wheelchair team as the current one is only open to people aged 16+ due to the safety implications of mixing adults with young people in a contact sport of this nature. Therefore they've now started to run junior training sessions, also at Weston Favell Academy on a Monday evening from 6 – 7:15pm.
While the team's development is currently being driven by the rugby club itself they want it to be something that's developed by the whole community. Therefore they'd like to hear from anyone who'd like to get involved as a volunteer whether that be as a coach, or more strategic role on the committee such as a Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Fundraising Welfare, or Marketing Officer.
Then last, but certainly not least the team require more of the specialist sports chairs that are used for wheelchair rugby as they currently don't have enough for all the players to train on court at the same time. Each chair costs in excess of £3000, so if any individuals, or organisations would be kind enough to make a financial contribution towards these it would be much appreciated as the team can't play without them. By doing so you'd help disabled people from the county get active!
There are also sponsorship opportunities of the team available, so if you'd like to find out more about these, becoming a player, volunteer, or getting involved with the team in any other way then please contact Connor Fleming from the Saints Community department on firstname.lastname@example.org 07984 915313.