Get Involved

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Wheelchair Rugby. We couldn’t play the sport without them, from support staff, referees, and classifiers to volunteers at tournaments and clinics. Wheelchair Rugby needs its supporting infrastructure. We need good people who want to make a difference to fill these roles. The wheelchair rugby community is often referred to as the “wheelchair rugby family.” Whether you’re a newly injured athlete looking to get involved for the first time, a former athlete looking to rekindle your career, or a potential coach, support staff, medical staff, referee, classifier or volunteer, there’s a place for you in Ireland’s Wheelchair Rugby community. Come along, meet the players and find out what it is all about. For more information about getting involved look through the range of opportunities below or contact us for more information.  

PLAY

Wheelchair Rugby is a sport that is designed specifically for people with impairment in at least three limbs. It is open to people of all ages and gender.  Specialist Wheelchair Rugby Chairs are used. There are two basic types: an offensive chair and a defensive chair. Each club has a number of spare chairs that interested players may use to establish whether or not they are interested in the sport. If you can push a wheelchair then you can play! 

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Officiate

Wheelchair rugby officials are another integral part of the sport’s family. There are a number of official rules within wheelchair rugby including Referee, Table Official and Classifier. Any individual who is willing to learn the rules and regulations of the game, become familiar with the casebook and invest their own time can train to become a wheelchair rugby official. 

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COACH

The coach plays a crucial role in in any sport. Essentially the coach is the person who enables players to become competent by assisting and challenging them to achieve their full potential – whatever that may be. Do you have what it takes to motivate, enthuse and generally bring out the best in people? If so, we would love to hear from you. You don’t need to come armed with experience or lots of technical knowledge, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn is a great starting point. 

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Support

Whether you are a mechanic who can mend chairs, an accountant who can help with club finances, a physiotherapist who can assist with injury, a nutritionist who can lend guidance to our national players or simply someone who wants to lend a hand, there are a wide range of roles available within the sport one of which will certainly make use of your many skills. 

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Whether you are a mechanic who can mend chairs, an accountant who can help with club finances, a physiotherapist who can assist with injury, a nutritionist who can lend guidance to our national players or simply someone who wants to lend a hand, there are a wide range of roles available within the sport one of which will certainly make use of your many skills. 

Wheelchair Rugby Ready is a joint initiative between the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation and the International Rugby Board. Wheelchair Rugby Ready is intended to raise awareness of good practices, and to help all participants manage the inherent risks of a contact sport by putting appropriate safeguards in place. If you want to learn a bit more about each area of the sport then you can register for free and in your own time learn everything there is to know about wheelchair rugby that can help you decide what role you could play in the sport.

IF YOU THINK YOU CAN HELP OR CONTRIBUTE IN ANYWAY FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US HERE AT

info@irishwheelchairrugby.com