The Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby team have made history, winning their sixth International Wheelchair Rugby Federation European Championship gold medal after a 49 point to 41 point victory over Sweden!
Get Kids Going! has been supporting the GB Wheelchair Rugby team for more than 5 years- through their performances at both the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. So, we are delighted to know that the team have won the European Championships once again!
Captain Chris Ryan said “we could not have come so far, winning six European Championships, without the magnificent help and support of Get Kids Going! and all the kind donations which have been given to the charity to fund many of our rugby wheelchairs. We know we are getting better because we are working so hard. To win that game with no player over a 2.5 is massive for us. I am so proud of all the team. We are so grateful to Get Kids Going! for all their wonderful support by funding many of the team chairs. Thank you so much to everyone at the charity”.
GB was level with Sweden at 25-25 at half-time; the GB champions then took a three-point lead as they entered the final eight minutes of the match and managed to secure their win!
Winning the tournament now means that the Swedish and GB squad have automatically qualified for the World Championships, which are to be held in Sydney.
The final was a repeat of the 2015 tournament, which was won by the GB team by one point in Finland two years ago. The win really highlights how far the team have come since that tournament.
GB won all their Group B games with results against Poland (57-32), Ireland (65-27) and Denmark (60-47) before knocking out France (54-41) in the semi-final.
Great Britain has constantly competed with the world’s best teams, qualifying for every Paralympic Games and winning six gold medals at the Wheelchair Rugby European Championships.
The team consists of 12 players, but only four players are allowed on a court at one time. They must pass the ball every 10 seconds, in aim to cross the opposing team’s goal line.
Get Kids Going! sent congratulations to all the team players on a fantastic performance at the European Championships 2017! The average cost of a rugby wheelchair is £4,000. Get Kids Going hopes to support the Team even more in the future with the aim of funding them to go to the World Championships in Sydney 2018, and the Tokyo Paralympic games in September 2020!
Get Kids Going! is a national charity which gives disabled children and young people - up to the age of 26 yrs - the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport. We provide them with specially built sports' wheelchairs so they can do: athletics, marathons, tennis, skiing, rugby, sailing, boccia, basketball, sledge hockey, table tennis, fencing, shooting, archery, powerlifting and many more sports. Get Kids Going! inspires British disabled youngsters to compete in sporting events, from start to paralympic level, by also giving them sports grants to help with their; training, physiotherapy, travel, competition fees, design and development of sports' equipment etc. With your help many can become world record holders and paralympic champions!.
Our aim is to give support to all our budding paralympians in the build up to the 2018 South Korea Winter Paralympics and the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics and many more such events. Like any aspiring athletes all our youngsters need long term support, often over many years, to achieve their sporting dreams. Sadly, we are aware of cuts in funding for such youngsters from government and other sources, and so many of our youngsters are forced to rely on friends and family for financial help. As you can imagine this causes enormous burdens on many, already cash strapped, families and a constant worry as the cost of participating in their favourite sport is forever increasing.
There are hundreds of talented, disabled, youngsters who have the potential to participate in events throughout the UK and all over the world but receive either none or very little funding and are desperate to achieve their life-long sporting dreams. With your help, together we can turn their dreams into reality and help make them into sporting heroes!
Not only does Get Kids Going! focus on helping disabled young athletes but it also provides manual wheelchairs for children to use every day; at home, at school, and to enable them to play with their friends. These are our wonderful athletes of the future! We believe that all disabled children and young people should receive the right equipment to get them going!.
We support children with all disabilities and from all backgrounds. We take pride in ensuring that any equipment which is out grown is recycled to other children, so our supporters' valuable donations are never wasted. Many people who support Get Kids Going! feel a marvellous sense of achievement and satisfaction. They see that even the smallest donation makes an amazing difference! Get Kids Going! gives disabled children and young people the chance of a life time, freedom, and many wonderful opportunities that you and I take for granted. Opportunities they may never have without you and the support of Get Kids Going! No other charity in the UK focuses on helping disabled children and young people with sport in the same way.
The cost of a bespoke sports wheelchair is about £4,000. A lightweight manual wheelchair is around £3,000. All are designed individually, and perform just like a Formula 1 Racing Car!.
The cost of a sports grant can be anything from £500 to £15,000 per year for each youngster.
In general there are over 200,000 disabled children and young people in Britain who need the help of Get Kids Going!.
Please help us turn their dreams into reality!.
Our work would not be possible if it wasn’t for the hundreds of runners who support Get Kids Going! throughout the year by running the Virgin Money London Marathon, Paris Marathon, Berlin Marathon, New York City Marathon, Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, Paris Half Marathon, Richmond Festival Half Marathon, Great North Run, taking part in Ride London 100, L'Etape du Tour and the many other events and marathons worldwide. And also the numerous companies, trusts, schools and individuals who kindly give us such valuable donations and support. We’d like to say a ‘big thank you’ to you all.