Stars of sport in town

International wheelchair rugby stars visit the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre on Sunday to raise the profile of the sport.

Players from both the England and Wales wheelchair rugby sevens teams offer visitors to the leisure centre a unique opportunity to learn the game’s basic skills and have a go at the sport.

The two-hour free taster session starts at noon, with wheelchairs provided to make sure everyone can have a game. Following the taster session, the international players take centre stage with a full game of rugby taking place from 2pm to 5pm.

Martin Beddis, manager of the England team, said wheelchair rugby was a genuine sport for all.

“By being able to play wheelchair rugby sevens I have been able to play a sport with my son and daughter,” Martin said.

“No other sport can offer this. Siblings can join in with a disabled family member. We have a father and son, brothers and even sisters playing wheelchair rugby. It’s a real family sport.”

Sunday’s wheelchair rugby event has been organised by Better, the brand of the leisure centre operator GLL.