The event has been organised by the Darlington Mowden Park Community Scheme, sponsored by the ESRG Group, and will see Mowden Park players take on teams from the NE Bulls WRC, Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre and Irwin Mitchell Solicitors.
Wheelchair rugby is a wheelchair based sport for disability affecting all four limbs. It is a growing sport which is developing every year as more people become associated with it.
The North East Bulls, formally Newcastle Bulls, are the only wheelchair rugby club based in the North East of England.
The Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre provides unique courses and tailored support to recovering wounded, injured and sick veterans, serving personnel and their families to help them achieve their long-term goals and aspirations.
Hilary Conway, Supported Activities Coordinator at Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre, said the six wounded, injured or sick veterans and military personnel taking part in the match were looking forward to putting their training to the test.
She said: “We’re excited to take on the NE Bulls, Darlington Mowden Park and Irwin Mitchell players.
“We play a lot of wheelchair rugby as part of our Sports Recovery programme and it’s good to show the public and members of the club some of the adapted activities we do at Phoenix House.
“For the DMP and Irwin Mitchell teams, they will find there are quite a few differences between the strength needed for rugby compared to wheelchair rugby. It’s very tough on your arm muscles and we are well trained for that.
“Taking part in sport gives the wounded and sick new-found self-belief in their abilities, rather than focusing on their disabilities. Involvement in sport and team events contributes greatly towards rebuilding confidence and recovery, leading towards engagement in their own local clubs.”
Anne Rose Darlington Mowden Park Community Manager Said: “We are delighted to partner and support the North East Bulls with the fantastic work they are doing in the community to engage with new participants in Sedgefield and the surrounding areas.
The competition is also a great way to continue our partnership with Help for Heroes and to see the benefits that wheelchair rugby has for our servicemen and women at Phoenix House. Huge thanks must go to ESRG Group for sponsoring this event and their continued support as Principle Sponsor of the Mowden Park Community Scheme.”
“The ERSG Group is privileged to sponsor the Mowden Park Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, as part of its ongoing commitment to the Mowden Park Community Scheme. We are certain that it will be a highly successful event, with a strong level of sportsmanship, and will serve to further promote the vital work of all the charities involved. On behalf of the ERSG Group, good luck to the teams!” commented David Evans, ESRG Group CEO.
The tournament will take place on Wednesday 30th March (6pm – 9pm) at Sedgefield Community College.