The Steel Wheels are rolling across England, France... and Swindon

By Jamie Hill - 23 October 2023

Clubs & Activities

Swindon's very own Wheelchair Rugby League set-up now meets every Thursday evening at the sports hall at New College with new members welcome.

  • Picture credit - SW Pix

    Picture credit - SW Pix

The exhibition of bravery, skill and determination that gripped our country and beyond during last year’s Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup will be on show again very soon.

The finalists in that epic clash, England and France, are due to meet once more on 5 November, on what is sure to be another explosive occasion!

The event will be televised live to the nation, but the fireworks won’t just be confined to the Leeds First Direct Arena.

On a wave of interest, more clubs are opening up and bringing this amazing, inclusive sport to towns and cities across the UK, and here in Swindon, club stalwart Tony Ellis is delighted to see the upturn in enthusiasm at St George.

"We’ve effectively relaunched our operation," he said. "We now have a new venue, containing a perfectly sprung floor, ideal for our chairs, at New College on Queens Drive and we meet every Thursday in the sports hall there, 8 till 10pm, for coaching and training sessions.

"Everyone and anyone are more than welcome to join us and remember, we are all-inclusive, irrespective of age, race,  level of ability or experience, men, women, boys and girls can enjoy this wonderful game, whether wheelchair users or not."

Specially adapted chairs are provided and first-class coaching will be on hand, courtesy of Ellis himself, who is also very much involved in the sport nationwide and at international level with the England set-up.

The first session is absolutely free to any newcomers and after that it is just £5 a go, with Ellis quick to point out that support is available if necessary in order to enable someone in financial need to come and join. For further information, anyone interested is advised to contact the club at [email protected].

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