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New Sporting Experience For Year 7 Students

Wheelchair rugby is a team sport for athletes with a disability. It is practised in over twenty-five countries around the world and is a summer Paralympic sport. Anyone who saw some of the games on TV in the Paralympics last summer would have quickly realised that the sport lives up to its nickname of  ‘murderball’ owing to the extreme speed, agility, power and apparent total lack of fear that is shown by the players during matches.

Therefore, it was very exciting for fourteen of our year 7 students to have been given the opportunity to take part in wheelchair rugby at Northfleet Youth Centre last week. They  took a bit of time to get used to the sport chairs and started off very cautiously but by the end of the 2 hour session, they were much improved and very quick off the mark. They all enjoyed taking part alongside a peer who uses a wheelchair around school and were able to extend their awareness of wheelchair users through this experience. They are looking forward to a follow up session in 2 weeks time.

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