RMA Sport

Sport wheelchair manufacturer, RMA Sport, has renewed its partnership with GB Wheelchair Rugby League (GBWR) as it continues to help grow the game and make it accessible for more disabled people.

Based in Bridgend, Wales, RMA Sport first partnered with GBWR following the London 2012 Paralympic Games to design and manufacture affordable sports wheelchairs.

Since then the two organisations have journeyed together, with the number of GBWR teams expanding from seven in 2012 to 30 today. Wheelchair rugby development programmes have been delivered in spinal injury units, schools, military rehabilitation centres and in a number of charitable foundations attached to able-bodied rugby clubs.

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RMA Sport has provided rugby chairs for individuals and clubs throughout Europe, to the Invictus Games teams, Lord’s Taverners Junior Programme, and the Welsh Rugby Union. In addition to the provision of chairs, RMA Sport has stated that it will continue its sponsorship of GBWR community events.

The renewed partnership will see RMA Sports engineer Tom Dalton join GBWR as Head Mechanic from 1 September this year. Tom will lead the engineering task for the GB team, supporting them at all training camps and competitions.

RMA Sport Director Simon Dalton said: “We are extremely proud to extend our association and partnership with GBWR.

“The company is delighted to have been successful in its tender bid to continue to work with the governing body at all levels within this exciting and fast-growing sport.

“The GBWR partnership was the first of its kind for RMA Sport and was instrumental in the development and future success of the company’s sports programme.

“We value the rapport and friendship that has been developed over the years with the management, staff, players, and clubs who are affiliated with GBWR.

“We are looking forward to building on the success achieved to date and look forward to growing the partnership with GBWR further over the next four years.”

David Pond, Chief Executive of GB Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR) commented: “The RMA tender bid was impressive and reflected the deep understanding the company has of our sport and the vision it shares with us to build wheelchair rugby communities and help address the many inequalities disabled people experience.”

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