Teaming up with the Matt Hampson Foundation, the Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Club will play in the UK league and join forces with the existing Marauders club to play as Leicester Tigers in European competition.
Training is at De Montfort University's 'QEII Leisure Centre' in Leicester on Fridays from 12.30pm-3.30pm. A second session is held on Wednesday evenings (7pm-10pm) at the Lee Westwood Leisure Centre, Nottingham Trent Clifton Campus.
Anyone interested in training, becoming a player or becoming part of the volunteer staff can contact Agata Pryl on 0770 404 5037 or email email@example.com
Rules of wheelchair rugby
Wheelchair rugby is a unisex Paralympics sport. It is a fast paced and tactical game, played on a basketball court with a round ball by individuals with upper and lower limb disability in specially-constructed custom-fitted wheelchair rugby chairs.
The aim of the game is to successfully beat an opponent's defensive tactical play and score a try by carrying the ball over the opponent's try line. A try is worth one point.
The game restarts with the defending team in possession on their own try line and they aim to break through the defensive press to score.
Matches are high scoring and teams can score between 20 and 50 points in a game.
A total of players per team are allowed on court at one time. Each player is classified on their level of physical ability, between 0.5 and 3.5 points and the four on-court players cannot total more than eight points. Substitutions can be made as many times as a coach sees fit.
Full contact is allowed between players' chairs, hence why they are customised to the measurements of each player. They take a beating!
No physical body contact is allowed. Typically a team will have up to 12 players (eight rolling subs) of varying physical ability and tactically used to beat opponents.
Unlike able-bodied rugby much work and many hits happen on the chairs off the ball, so crossing is not a penalty!
A shot clock is used and teams have 12 seconds to progress from their half of the court and must score within 40 seconds. Players must pass or bounce the ball once every 10 seconds, they cannot pass or go back into their own half.
And aggression is a must!