Bournemouth Rugby is expanding to incorporate Bournemouth Lions Wheelchair Rugby, formerly the Dorset Destroyers.


As a community focussed sporting club, Bournemouth Rugby aims to bring sporting opportunities to the community. Their success of introducing rugby into schools in Bournemouth, to having their first team promoted to the National League 2 South, is now being translated into new avenues to grow the club’s reach. This aligns with the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Limited (GBWR), the sport’s governing body, aims of growing wheelchair rugby for all to enjoy.


Bournemouth Lions Wheelchair Rugby operates to create an inclusive culture where people feel valued, respected and where their talents and ambition are realised, as reflected in their values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.


The Club welcome players and volunteers of all abilities to participate in a fun and progressive sport recreationally or competitively. Bournemouth Lions Wheelchair Rugby will offer the traditional and the newly created ‘5s’ leagues, dependent on the functionality of the players.


As Becky Hill, the vice-chair and treasurer for Bournemouth Lions Wheelchair Rugby, stated: “We are excited about the future for our Club. Building on our successes as the Dorset Destroyers we are now looking forward and being able to realise our vision to promote, empower and maximise potential and inclusion through the sport of wheelchair rugby. It’s a great way for disabled people to participate in a team sport, and get active and fit in a safe and fun environment. We are open to anyone with a physical disability and are keen to grow our membership so that more people can achieve these benefits”.


Training sessions take place at Everyone Active at Rossmore Leisure Centre on Sundays, between 11am and 2pm.


The team will also compete in their first tournament as the Lions this coming Sunday, 31 March at Rossmore Leisure Centre from 11am to 4pm.



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