- The Westcountry Hawks need £3000 to purchase a brand new wheelchair for training and competitions
The Westcountry Hawks area a wheelchair rugby club based in Plymouth, providing disabled individuals across the South-West a lifeline to form an active social life and take part in competitive events through an exciting and dynamic sport.
The Hawks compete up and down the UK and so far have 3 members chosen for the Team GB development squad, with the chance for them to compete in Tokyo 2020. However, with the cost of a single playing chair reaching up to £3000, the Hawks desperately need funds to enable them to compete and train. With new regulations opening the sport up to 17,000 people in the Plymouth region alone, the club provides vital support and opportunities for local talent to reach their potential, so desperately need your help to provide the training equipment to meet this demand.
Faye West has been playing wheelchair rugby for 4 years, and is the current Westcountry Hawks team captain. Alongside her Media Arts degree at Plymouth University Faye has been selected for the Team GB Development Squad, with dreams of being part of the 2020 Tokyo Team.
"Playing with the team has really helped develop my confidence. It's great to be able to spend time with other disabled people doing something active and competitive."
"As captain, it's clear to see new equipment is vital if we're to move forward as a team. New chairs would mean a faster playing speed, and it would be great to get some updated kit!"
"Without the money, it is unlikely the team will be able to compete at a high enough standard to allow players like me to reach the Paralympics."
Tilly is the Hawks rising star at only 14 years old. She has been playing wheelchair rugby for 2 years, and has big dreams for the future.
Tilly, by far the fastest player on the pitch would massively benefit from some new equipment.
"Having new chairs could make me even faster, which would definitely help me reach the Paralympics. My nan is already learning Japanese in preparation!"
If you choose to donate £10+, we will include your name into the draw for our very special raffle!
An England rugby ball signed by current and past players
A Sport relief T-Shirt signed by Jo Brand
Signed T-Shirt by GBWR players
A free two hour driving lesson (Exeter area)
An ultimate wheelchair rugby experience for you and 3 others