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Wheelchair Rugby Club holding open trials

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The Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Club are hosting their first-ever open trials for prospective new players on Sunday, April 12.They are inviting anyone with an upper and lower limb impairment who would like to be part of the team to come and have a go at the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Leisure Centre, Duns Lane, Leicester between 9am and noon.   No experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided on the day.   Please register your interest by contacting head coach Rob Tarr by emailing  [email protected] or phone 07710 732716.   The club are also looking for volunteer support staff.   After  the open trials there will be a demonstration by the team.   What you need to know about wheelchair rugby: Wheelchair rugby is played indoors on a regulation-size basketball court by teams of four, using a white ball that is identical in size and shape to a volleyball. Teams are mixed, with men and women competing equally in the same team. A match consists of eight-minute quarters and the team scoring the most goals wins. To score an athlete must cross the opposing team’s goalline in firm control of the ball. Two wheels must cross the goalline for a score to count. Athletes must dribble or pass the ball every 10 seconds, with failure to do so resulting in the referee handing possession to the opposing team. Contact between wheelchairs is permitted and forms an integral part of the game. However, hitting an opponent’s chair behind the rear wheel results in penalisation, as does making contact with an opponent. Players may lose possession of the ball, serve a one-minute penalty or be disqualified depending on the extent of the foul committed. The result is a thrilling, quick-moving sport that requires plenty of skill and toughness from its competitors. For more information on Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Club click here.