In line with Government guidance, Scotland Rugby League has finally started welcoming players back after such a difficult period for sport as a whole. This included the return of the popular annual wheelchair rugby tournament – The Celtic Cup – which sees teams from Scotland, Wales and Ireland compete. This year Allied Mobility were the proud official partner for the event that took place on June 12th at Sport & Exercise Pleasance in Edinburgh.
Wales Emerge Victorious (Again)
The 2020 Wheelchair Rugby League Celtic Cup was postponed, so it was all to play for on June 12th with players keen to get back to competing. Wales managed to retain the Cup for the fifth consecutive competition scoring a total of 198 points while only conceding 34. It was a great celebration of wheelchair rugby, which is something that many have sorely missed since COVID-19 and it is hoped that returning to play will help with the recovery period.
The Return of Wheelchair Sports
Ollie Cruikshank, Operations Director of Scotland Rugby League, told Allied Mobility how important it was for disability sports to get up and running once again:
Returning to play is going to play a huge role in the UK’s recovery (post-pandemic). This is magnified even more in disability sport which will be one of the last areas to have restrictions lifted. The sooner we can get back to providing a safe, engaging environment then the quicker we can start to have a positive impact on areas such as anxiety and depression, and general wellbeing.”
The Benefits of Wheelchair Sport
Many people that play disability sports have been forced to shield for the pandemic, which has taken its toll both physically and mentally. Sports like wheelchair rugby can be a great way for disabled people to exercise, socialise and enjoy their free time, so it is hoped that the return will encourage even more people to take up wheelchair rugby and other disability sports.
Jay Anderson, captain of the Scottish Wheelchair Rugby Team, explained the value of the sport:
“This amazing game changes lives in so many ways. It can provide a social network, peer support, physical exercise, mental and emotional wellbeing. If you wish to play for fun, you will fall in love with the game. If, however, you want to set your sights higher, there is an opportunity to represent your country in the 2021 World Cup.”
Partnership with Allied Mobility
The partnership with Allied Mobility can help with this as the provider of wheelchair accessible vehicles and other mobility cars, which can make it easier for those that require a wheelchair and their carers to get around to leisure centres and other training facilities.
The return of wheelchair rugby is a welcome one with the Celtic Cup being a joyous event that celebrated the return of wheelchair sports, which is something that many have missed sorely since the start of the pandemic.