2 May 14

Sizewell B brings legacy fund to Suffolk

The Wheelchair Rugby Team at Woodbridge is celebrating after a £7,000 donation from Sizewell B meant they could buy the two last chairs needed for the newly formed team.

The donation came from a sporting legacy fund which was set up by EDF Energy, which runs Sizewell B power station, to capture the Olympic spirit after London 2012.

Richard Wilding, a coach at Woodbridge Rugby Club came up with the idea of forming a wheelchair rugby team as he had been inspired by watching Wheelchair Rugby during the Paralympic Games. The Club Committee wholeheartedly supported the idea and after a meeting with some of the team from Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby arranged to borrow some chairs for taster sessions to determine the level of demand.

Rob Simpson, Woodbridge Rugby Club Chairman, said: “We were blown away by the number of wheelchair users who came along to try out the sport so decided to form a Wheelchair Rugby Club at Woodbridge. We believe we are the only club offering this in East Anglia. We are able to train at Rock Barracks at Woodbridge and the hire of the venue is funded directly by player subscriptions but we needed to raise thousands of pounds to buy enough chairs to run the club successfully. EDF Energy’s donation has given us the last two chairs we need so now the whole team are kitted out for matches.”

Jim Crawford, Sizewell B Station Director said: “It is great to see that the EDF Energy sporting legacy fund is keeping the 2012 spirit alive and has helped to bring wheelchair rugby to East Anglia. I wish the Woodbridge Wheelchair Rugby team the best of luck.”