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Wheelchair Rugby

As one of the only full-contact disability sports, it is little wonder wheelchair rugby, aka 'murderball' was one of the biggest hits of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

An Overview of Wheelchair Rugby

The sport is open to both men an women, and is one of the only games which allows them to compete on the same team.

The game is played on a basketball court, with boundary lines, a centre line, centre circle and two key areas. Two cones at each end of the court mark out a goal area, and a goal is scored when a player carries a ball across the line.

Games are played in four eight-minute quarters and each team has 40 seconds to score a goal before the ball gets turned over. Chair-to-chair contact is allowed, but person-to-chair and person-to-person contact is not.

Teams are made up of up to 12 players, with four on court at any one time. Each person has a vital role to play, which is ensured by using a classification system based on muscle function and strength. Classes range from 0.5 to 3.5, and the team of four players must total eight points or less during play.

Facts

  • The game was invented in 1977 in Canada by a group of tetraplegic wheelchair basketball players who were tired of losing out on court time to their more functional team mates.

Find Wheelchair Rugby Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

Sport Works (Yorkshire) Ltd

Sport Works has a clear vision – to improve health, education and employment skills by harnessing the power of sport and leisure.

Aligned to this, we specialise in working with schools and disadvantaged/ disabled groups to improve health outcomes via

Wheelchair Rugby

Bradford Bulls Wheelchair Rugby League Club

We are an inclusive Club and Sport

Wheelchair Rugby

Marauders Wheelchair Rugby Club

We are one of the longest established wheelchair rugby clubs in the UK competing at both National and International level. The only full contact Paralympic sport wheelchair rugby is adrenaline fuelled, fast paced and highly tactical. Fielding mixed teams

Featherstone Rovers Foundation

Provider of services across the Wakefield District & further afield for projects that fit within our 5 areas of delivery: Education, Physical Activity, Social Inclusion, Health & Heritage

Wheelchair Rugby

Yorkshire Lions Wheelchair Rugby Team

Yorkshire Lions is a new Wheelchair Rugby Club established October 2013. We play only full contact (Paralympic) Wheelchair Rugby and not Tag Rugby. This means that players need to have an upper limb impairment such as those who are tetraplegic or cerebra

James Thomas

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby National Development Director

07827 975 765

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