Liverpool is ‘try’-ing out a brand new sporting event.
This weekend (21 and 22 June), the city will host the Wheelchair 7s Rugby Union Four Nations Tournament – a first for the city.
Staged at Liverpool John Moores University’s IM Marsh Campus, spectators will have the chance to see the finest players from England, Ireland, Wales and the Barbarians go head-to-head with each other in what is set to be a fierce competition for the title.
The matches start at 10am at the Barkhill Road site, and the first game sees England Vs Barbarians.
Admission is completely free.
Liverpool’s Assistant Mayor, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “I’m delighted that Liverpool is hosting this event.
“We are dedicated to doing as much as we can to promote inclusive sport and to also help people with disabilities overcome any barriers they may face when it comes to getting active.
“This tournament will give spectators the chance to see some of the best players in this international field, and is set to be an exciting and competitive couple of days.”
Schedule for the weekend is as follows:
Saturday 21 June
10am – England Vs Barbarians
12pm – Wales v Ireland
2pm – England v Wales
4pm – Barbarians v Ireland
Sunday 22 June
10am – Barbarians Vs Wales
12pm – England v Ireland
2pm – Trophy presentations
Liverpool Lions Wheelchair Rugby Club has been closely involved with planning for the tournament and it is hoped that this will become a bi-annual event staged in the city.
Manager of the Liverpool Lions Wheelchair Rugby Club and England Team Manager, Martin Beddis, said: “This is an exciting time for wheelchair rugby in Merseyside and this international event will go a long way to showcase the sport in the city.
“Wheelchair 7s is one of only a few sports that is fully inclusive. Weather you have a disability or not, male or female, you can play and if you’re good enough, you can represent your country.
“It’s also the ideal build up for the Six Nations competition to be held in Paris in August, so we hope as many people as possible come along and see the excitement in action.”
Follow England Wheelchair 7s and Liverpool Lions Wheelchair Rugby on Facebook or the following Twitter accounts: @England7sWRU @LivLionsWRL @LivLionsWRC.