Wheelchair rugby league coming to Caerphilly on Saturday

Wheelchair rugby league will come to Caerphilly this Saturday with a taster session at Caerphilly Leisure Centre.

Aber Valley Wolves are providing the chance for the local community to get a taste for the sport on a day that will also see three fixtures from the WRL Wheelchair Invitational League played in the town, providing the opportunity to watch competitive matches and get a feel for the sport with some activities led by qualified coaches.

Wheelchair Rugby League is unique in that it offers both disabled and non-disabled players of all genders the opportunity to compete both with and against each other on a level playing field.

The sport is also unique amongst wheelchair sports, staying faithful to the rules of the running game with tries, conversions and all the other familiar aspects of the game which makes it instantly recognisable as distinctly rugby league.

With one in four people in Caerphilly living with a long-term health condition, Helen Treherne, General Manager of Aber Valley Wolves, says Saturday is the perfect opportunity for people to experience a new way to keep active.

“It’s always been an aim of ours at Aber Valley Wolves to provide the opportunity to play wheelchair rugby league, because we want to be even more inclusive that we already are.

“We were approached by Paul Sargent, an experienced player and coach, and been loaned ten wheelchairs from the WRL, so we’ve decided to go for it.

“We’ve got families at the club who may have a disabled child who has not been able to play rugby league, but now they have the chance to take part.

“People can come along on Saturday, watch any of the matches and in between, get in the chairs and have a go. It doesn’t matter about age, gender, disability – just come and give it a go.”

The day gets underway at 9.30am with the first fixture between Cardiff Blue Dragons and Argonauts from Kent, with the third and final match kicking off at 12.25pm.

Taking part is free and there’s no need to register.

For more information, contact Aber Valley Wolves on Instagram, Facebook or X.

Fixtures for Saturday:

9:30am – Cardiff Blue Dragons v Argonauts
10:55am – Argonauts v Crusaders Celts
12:25pm – Cardiff Blue Dragons v Crusaders Celts