Try to beat this scrum-tious fun

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Wheelchairs and gum shields may be an unusual combination – but perhaps not for much longer, after wheelchair rugby came to Milton Keynes on Saturday.

The event at Stantonbury Arts & Leisure Centre was courtesy of a partnership between the centre, Milton Keynes Council and the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) organisation.

A GBWR spokesman said: “Wheelchair rugby is an exciting fusion of ice hockey, handball and rugby. The game was originally founded in Canada in 1977, and is based on speed chair contact, and is also a tactically intelligent game to be involved in.

“Eight rolling substitutes make up squads of 12, with four players on court per team at any time, with the aim of driving the ball across the opponents’ goal line.

“Players use their chairs to block and hold opponents, but the emphasis is on fun, excitement and inclusion, particularly for players with higher levels of impairment.”

One more taster day will be held at Stantonbury on Sunday, March 8, from 1-3pm.

Sessions will be delivered by experienced coaches and rugby chairs provided.

For more details or to register, contact Paul Arnold on 07872 664 927 or at paul.arnold@gbwr.org.uk