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Tigers Foundation hosts wheelchair rugby taster sessions

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The Leicester Tigers Foundation held a series of wheelchair rugby taster sessions for youngsters to get involved with in the build-up to this weekend’s Quad Nations tournament. 

Tigers rugby development officer Josh Black visited Soar Valley Leisure Centre in Leicester and welcomed a number of schools along to try out the sport. 

Pupils from Gryphon School in Quorn and Maplewell Hall School in Woodhouse Eaves to name a few took part in chair agility, contact and passing drills as part of four taster sessions experiencing what wheelchair rugby is all about.

The group also had a Q&A with Tigers player Nick Cummins who will be representing Great Britain this weekend. 

The Quad Nations see’s Great Britain take on Australia, Japan and USA at the Leicester Arena (March 9-11) with four current Leicester Tigers wheelchair rugby players in the GB squad.

Josh said: “We’ve always wanted to deliver youth sessions for students that not only introduces youngsters to a new sport, but helps provide a deeper understanding of the skills required to take part in this awesome sport.

“A big thanks to the GBWR who provided the youth wheelchairs for us to use, and the great work of the Leicester Tigers Foundation to make the programme possible.”

Fiona Littlehales from Gryphon School added: “The wheelchair rugby has provided opportunities not just for our children to be involved in a new sport but to also begin to develop understanding and empathy for others. 

“Our children are now developing skills of seeing things from others viewpoints and continue to develop their growth mind-set, allowing them to believe that anything is possible if they keep trying.”

The Leicester Tigers Foundation and Matt Hampson Foundation plays a huge part in the funding and support of the Leicester Tigers wheelchair rugby team, who were crowned league champions for the first time in the club’s history this season.

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