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  1. Tony Manx

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    Did not one of the TV channels start coverage recently! Hope so as can only assist in funds raising?! Good luck guys!
     
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    sounds like itll be fun as hell, such a wonderfully brutal version of rugby
     
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    The latest update (Just a quickie) is that even though we have not yet joined the League (It doesn't start till later this year) one of our players was chosen for the Invictus Squad and flew out yesterday to compete in the Invictus Games.

    Have a watch out for him (Ben Steele) You can see him in the video with some bloke ;) lol Ben is the one who catches the ball and turns round looking like Action Man with his beard ;)

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    This is Ben Steele (Left) against myself

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    Bloody hell - One of our old players was talking live on BBC1 with Prince Harry tonight. ;):):)

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    Our latest news :) :)

    Dorset Woman Grace McGowan​ of The Dorset Destroyers​ is the face of national campaign to help more young people play Wheelchair Rugby.

    Today, with just four weeks to the Paralympics, Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, launches its wheelchair rugby campaign – Supporting Tomorrow’s Superstars.

    Wooden Spoon aims to raise enough money to buy a rugby wheelchair for every wheelchair rugby club in the UK and Ireland, to encourage more people to get into the sport.

    Grace McGowan, 23 from Weymouth, is key player for the Dorset Destroyers and is hoping to represent Team GB in Japan in 2020. She is fronting the campaign with former Team GB Wheelchair Rugby Captains, Steve Brown​ and Andy Barrow.

    She was in a car accident two years ago and was paralysed from her neck down. During her recovery she got some movement back in her arms and she worked hard in physio to get her strength up.

    Grace said: “I was never going to accept I couldn’t do anything for myself. I was going to see what I could do. It was harder for my family to accept than it was for me.

    “Wheelchair rugby means that I am actually doing more with my life now than I was before my accident.”


    The Government states that there are currently over 10 million disabled people in the UK – 770,000 of these are children. Only 18% of people with a disability are taking part in sport compared 39% of non disabled people.

    However, wheelchair rugby offers people with a disability the opportunity to play full contact sport, no matter what their age, ability or gender.

    The Disabled Living Foundation estimates that it costs three times as much to raise a disabled child as it does to raise a child without disabilities. Many of the families Wooden Spoon have spoken to have cited costs as a major barrier for getting children and young people with a disability into sport.

    Steve Brown, Former GB Wheelchair Rugby Captain said: “Investing in children and young people is not about giving them something to do at the weekend. It gives them confidence that flourishes into every part of their life.”

    Jai Purewal, Director of Rugby & Community Investment at Wooden Spoon said: “Our vision at Wooden Spoon is that every child and young person, no matter what their background has access to the same opportunities – through the power of rugby.

    “This life-changing campaign will provide young people with disabilities better opportunities to play wheelchair rugby and help positively transform their lives.”

    Wooden Spoon aims to raise £95,000 which will enable the charity to buy and distribute 19 wheelchairs to clubs across the UK & Ireland.
    Zurich is the first corporate supporter to get behind the campaign.

    Wooden Spoon is encouraging people across the community to get involved. There are opportunities to sponsor the campaign, buy a wheelchair or make a general donation. Find out more at woodenspoon.org.uk/wheelchair-rugby

    Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby.
    We fund life-changing projects across the UK and Ireland to support disadvantaged and disabled children.

    Our rugby heritage has given us our core values of passion, integrity, teamwork and fun. Working closely with the international rugby community, these values drive the ethos and spirit in everything we do.

    We fund a range of projects, which are not just rugby focused. We fund approximately 70 projects a year including respite and medical treatment centres, sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds, sports activity areas and community based programmes in the UK and Ireland.

    We have over 400 committed volunteers raising money in local communities across the country and we are extremely proud to say that the money they raise funds projects in their local area.

    Due the phenomenal support we have received from the rugby community and the public, we have been able to help over a million children and young people through our life-changing projects since we were founded in 1983.

    But this still isn’t enough. With numbers of UK disadvantaged children anticipated to reach an all time high in future years, we continue to need the public’s help more than ever.

    Please get involved and together we can change children’s lives through the power of rugby. #wearerugby

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    Well the latest updates is that my wife and one of our players went along to the House of Lords for a Wooden Spoon Charity Event and they met Phil Vickery

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    See next post for even bigger news :) :)

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    Well the latest updates is that my wife and one of our players went along to the House of Lords for a Wooden Spoon Charity Event and they met Phil Vickery

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    And then finally after 2 years since we started Taster Sessions, our Team Kit arrived. No longer do we play in T Shirts.

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    So glad to hear you're going well still. Not checked updates for a while, and was down that way a few months back. Is there a site for fixture lists etc?
     
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    Today's the day (Sunday that is)

    After nearly 3 years we actually start in the Wheelchair Rugby Super Series League playing 3 matches.

    1 at 10.15 against The Brighton Buccaneers
    2 at 11.30 against Stoke Mandeville Maulers
    3 at 14.00 against The Hammerheads

    We will be playing at Northcroft Leisure Centre in Newbury

    We are all very excited about it as it's our very first time, it has been marred slightly though as we were just told that there is no funding for Team GB for Wheelchair Rugby in Tokyo 2020!!! It's pretty bad as we are 5th in the world and we have got better and better and became European Champions late last year!!!

    But that's disability sport for you, always having the money cut and cut and cut!!!
     
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    Well we did it. We won our first and third matches and are currently in second place of Division 3 National League.

    Bugger me.......we did it. :) :) :)

    Have a rest tonight and celebrate and back to training next weekend :)
     
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    Thank you :)

    On Wednesday we were invited to meet HRH Princess Anne at the opening of Holton Lee Spinal Unit and we have just been nominated for a Civic Award by the Maor of Poole!!!!

    What the bloody hell is going on???? :) :) :) It's fantastic but I never expected anything like this

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    I'm the bloke in the snazzy blue tie lol
     
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    Latest bits of news:-

    Sunday July 2nd we are playing Team GB Invictus as part of their warm up for the Invictus Games in Toronto. They are coming to our home as well :) :)
    Rossmore Leisure Centre. Herbert Avenue. Poole. Dorset. BH12 4HR

    Admission is free and doors open 11.30.

    Also, if you didn't see Grayson Perry last night, one of our players is on the pot and you can see him on the TV and our wheelchair rugby kit :) He's on in the last 15 minutes.

    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/grayson-perry-divided-britain/on-demand/65075-001
     
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    Today we play the Invictus Team GB Team at our home in Poole.

    I am so nervous about it!!!! Apart from the fact that it's a match, it's ex Service Men and Women who have fought for us. And for a little old club in Division 3 to get the National Squad coming down it's something else.

    I feel really honoured :) They played against our local rivals yesterday (I say rivals, they're not, nice bunch, but it sounds sexy) who are a Division 1 team and lost 1 game and won 1, so it's not out of our realms to cause an upset, and my God we're gonna try our hardest ;) HELL YEAH :) :)

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    Oh my Godddddddddd that was like no other match I've played in before. It was totally brutal, but **** me it was so much fun :) :) :)

    So exhausted, but I've done an article about it, because I am so knackered that I cannot explain all.

    Basically we lost 2, and then in our third match we fought back tooth and nail, bitterly to the end and won by 1 point.

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    So good to see the development you guys have made since you first posted here. I still hope to, one day, get down there and catch a game.
     
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    Well we've made it - Sunday December 10th at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, we start a new version of Wheelchair Rugby called Wheelchair Rugby 5's.

    It's open to more disabled people and as you can guess is played by 5 players instead of 4 which is the traditional game.

    I can't believe we've gone from 3.5 years ago saying we don't have enough money to buy a wheel to now developing a new version which is about to be launched at the birthplace of the Paralympics :) :) :)
     
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