Wheelchair rugby is an adrenaline builder that enhances quick thinking. The game integrates aspects of rugby, combined with elements of basketball and handball.
The game is played on a basketball court 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.
Why is it good for me?
Wheelchair rugby is an aerobic exercise so it’s great for your cardiovascular health, and is a great way to improve your upper body strength.
As it’s a team sport, it’s a great way to make new friends or spend time with old ones.
How much does it cost?
We only have one club at the moment in Cumbria, they will be happy for you to attend your first session for free.
What equipment do I need?
Athletes compete in manual wheelchairs that are specifically built for the sport. The rules include detailed specifications for wheelchairs to ensure safety and fairness. In international competition, all wheelchairs must meet these requirements.
The game is played with a white ball, similar to a volleyball. Four cones, pylons, or markers are used to mark the goal lines. A game clock is also required; any clock used for basketball, handball, or other similar sports will be sufficient.
As with all sports, comfortable and appropriate clothing should be worn.
All other equipment is provided by the club.