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As well as competing in national leagues, Team Solent Sharks offers sporting opportunities to the disabled community across the south coast, welcoming players from a wide range of backgrounds, from beginners to elite athletes.

Training sessions are regularly attended by over a dozen members - who have also included Paralympics GB players Aaron Phipps and Myles Pearson.

Team Solent Sharks ball

Solent students are invited to get involved, providing them with a unique opportunity to interact was a disability sports team and gain valuable hands-on experience to aid their degree studies. Team Solent Sharks also benefits from access to Solent's Sports Science facilities and expertise including support with their physiological and biomechanical development.

The success of Paralympic GB and Team GB at the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Olympics has had a positive impact on young people wanting to get involved with the sport. To further build on this legacy, Team Solent Sharks is extremely active in the local community and regularly takes part in community sports events to help promote disability sport.

We need you!

Want to get involved? Team Solent's wheelchair rugby teams always welcome's new players, as well as anyone who is interested in helping the club develop over the coming years. Follow us on Twitter, see out Facebook pages or drop us an email to get involved. Or find out more about joining the team.

Team Solent Sharks wheelchair rugby team playing

Our History

Team Solent Sharks was formed after discussions with a group of former patients from the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Unit, Solent University, New Forest District Council, the Rugby Football Union and Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR).

After a series of successful taster sessions, Team Solent Sharks become part of the Team Solent family and moved into its new home at Sports Centre St Mary's.

In September 2013 the club welcomed London 2012 Paralympian, Myles Pearson. Miles studied BA (Hons) Sport Journalism at Solent and was also a member of the University's High Performance Academy. Miles joined fellow Olympian Aaron Phipps in the team. 

Their talent and experience combined with the strengths of the other players in the squad meant that two teams were entered in the 2013/14 GBWR Division 2 Super Series events.

Solent Sharks is made up of two teams: the elite first team plays in the GBWR BT Super Series Division 1, having gained promotion in the 2014/15 season. The second team focuses more on recreational sport involving players of all ages, helping to promote the health and psychological benefits of sport through mass participation. The team also plays a vital role in helping players develop their skills to move into the elite team. This team gains competition experience b playing in Division 3 of the GBWR BT Super Series.

Contact information and training times

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Club Chairman Peter Hull MBE

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