This evening at 6:30 PM local time, the Glasgow Wheelchair Rugby Club is holding a fundraiser to benefit the club at St Margaret’s Church, on Kilmarnock Road in Glsgow, Scotland. Entry to the event is free, though they will be asking for donations at the door. Musicians scheduled to perform include Elgar, Greig, Poulenc, Holst and Judith Bingham.
Funds will go towards allowing anyone with a disability to compete in the sport, regardless of their current financial status. According to the club, the wheelchairs required to play the sport are expensive to buy and expensive to maintain. When traveling for competitions, the club also has to pay for carers to accompany the team as low point players need assistance in order to be able to play.
Club members are also active in other sports in their community. Vice captain Jo Butterfield set a new European record at the IPC European Athletics Championships earlier this year. Two members also participated in the Queen’s Baton Relay as part of the Commonwealth Games festivities.
The team is relatively new, having only been created in 2011. As of last year, they were the only wheelchair rugby club side in Scotland. As a consequence, Scottish players have been under represented on Team GB, with Michael Kerr the only Scottish member of the side at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.