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Posted Friday, January 26th 2018

Bristol Bears impress at Wheelchair Rugby tournament

Bristol Bears wheelchair rugby team took part in its second competitive festival last weekend, travelling to Dorset to take on the Northampton Saints and the Dorset Destroyers in a round-robin tournament using the new Wheelchair Rugby 5s (WR5s) format.

An event organised by the Dorset Destroyers, an established force in the game, the Bristol Bears lost narrowly in each of their games, demonstrating not only their desire to become a recognised presence in this disability sport, but the drive to develop themselves, the club, but also the game for all, in their collaboration with clubs from around the country.

“It fills the Foundation with pride to see these men and women really taking ownership of their own team and direction, with their participation in this event the result not of coach led activity-but the fruition of the players own drive,” said programme manager, Kris Tavender. 

“It is so encouraging to see professional rugby clubs backing this sport at a national level. With well-established clubs such as the Dorset Destroyers really taking this game onwards and upwards, it is a natural fit for community departments within professional rugby clubs to support and develop disability rugby in this way.”

Led by Bristol Rugby Community Foundation inclusion coach, Ian Blundell and supported by longstanding volunteer, Mark Graham, the Bears away trip to Dorset is just the next step on their inspirational journey.

To find out more about Bristol Bears Wheelchair Rugby Club, email Kris Tavender (ktavender@bristolrugby.co.uk) or click here. 

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