Leicester is a ‘hot spot’ for wheelchair rugby in the UK, according to the head of the sport’s governing body.
David Pond, CEO of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR), has written about the value of Leicester Tigers’ wheelchair rugby team in a blog post on the governing body’s website.
Tigers, who are supported by club partner Häfele, retained their national Division 1 title after victory in Super Series 3 at Leicester’s Morningside Arena on Sunday crowned their unbeaten domestic campaign.
“Leicester has a proud history of sporting excellence,” he said.
“So many sporting legends have hailed from here.”
“In my time I remember Les Cusworth, Dusty Hare, Paul Dodge and Peter Wheeler. Clive Woodward joined them later after Loughborough and then there was Dean Richards and another host of greats.
“And now here we are with Leicester fast becoming a hot spot for wheelchair rugby with the Tigers’ wheelchair rugby team beginning its own run of success.”
The city will also play host to international wheelchair rugby, as the King Power Quad Nations returns to the Morningside Arena for the second successive year.
Last year’s inaugural Quad Nations weekend saw the world’s top three-ranked teams Australia, Japan and USA travel to Leicester to compete, with Great Britain narrowly missing out on a bronze medal to Japan by four points.
This year’s King Power Quad Nations takes place between Friday, March 1 and Sunday, March 3 and will see six Leicester Tigers players involved within the GB set-up.
You can read Pond’s full blog post on the GBWR website.