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Wheelchair Rugby

As one of the only full-contact disability sports, it is little wonder wheelchair rugby, aka 'murderball' was one of the biggest hits of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

An Overview of Wheelchair Rugby

The sport is open to both men an women, and is one of the only games which allows them to compete on the same team.

The game is played on a basketball court, with boundary lines, a centre line, centre circle and two key areas. Two cones at each end of the court mark out a goal area, and a goal is scored when a player carries a ball across the line.

Games are played in four eight-minute quarters and each team has 40 seconds to score a goal before the ball gets turned over. Chair-to-chair contact is allowed, but person-to-chair and person-to-person contact is not.

Teams are made up of up to 12 players, with four on court at any one time. Each person has a vital role to play, which is ensured by using a classification system based on muscle function and strength. Classes range from 0.5 to 3.5, and the team of four players must total eight points or less during play.


  • The game was invented in 1977 in Canada by a group of tetraplegic wheelchair basketball players who were tired of losing out on court time to their more functional team mates.

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National Governing Bodies

Morningside Arena Leicester

The Morningside Arena, Leicester is the largest and most flexible indoor space in the city of Leicester, and can be used for conferences, exhibitions, music and comedy events, large-scale dinners, celebrations, product launches, parties, weddings, or any


  • Leicestershire County Council
    Active Rutland
    Active Leicester
    Melton LSA
  • Harborough LSA
    Blaby LSA
    Active Oadby and Wigston
    Active Partnerships
    Sport England
  • Safeguarding
    Equality Standard
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    Charnwood LSA


  • Active Rutland
    Blaby LSA
  • Active Oadby and Wigston
    Sport England
  • Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    Harborough LSA
  • Active Partnerships
    Equality Standard
  • Active Leicester
    Charnwood LSA
  • Melton LSA
    Leicestershire County Council