British Wheelchair Rugby National Championships coming to Copper Box Arena
PUBLISHED: 13:38 29 April 2015 | UPDATED: 13:38 29 April 2015
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The biggest names in British wheelchair rugby will battle it out for national glory at the Copper Box Arena over the weekend.
The BT Wheelchair Rugby National Championships 2015 will see Great Britain’s top teams compete across three days, beginning on Saturday.
The free event marks the culmination of the 2014/15 season and represents a giant leap forward for the sport as the UK’s biggest national wheelchair rugby event.
David Pond, chief executive of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) said: “The fact that we have 16 teams playing in our national championships this year is testament to the success of the London 2012 legacy and the continuing investment by the Lottery and Sport England.
“This is the first event of our new partnership with BT, and we are all very excited about working with them to provide more opportunities for more people to experience the sport”.
Two separate competitions will take place across the weekend – a four-team ‘Shield’ tournament and a ‘Cup’ competition consisting of 12 teams.
The plays-offs will take place on Saturday and Sunday, with the finals scheduled for Monday, May 4.
BT GBWR team vice-captain Chris Ryan said: “The BT National Championships is an amazing event and to have the chance to play back in the Copper Box and on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a fantastic opportunity.
“We are really excited about this year’s Championship, where there will be a lot of talent on show.”
As part of the championships, visitors will be able to take part in wheelchair rugby taster sessions and meet the players from 12-5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are free and doors are open between 9am and 7pm each day, with the Cup final taking place on Bank Holiday Monday from 1pm.
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