Oh when the Saints! Grosvenor Shopping team up with Northampton Saints

Local shopping centre will support the growth of the club’s wheelchair rugby school programme

In line with National Fitness Day on Wednesday 25 September, Grosvenor Shopping Northampton is delighted to announce that it has teamed up with local Premiership Rugby side Northampton Saints for the next two years.

The partnership will see the former support the club’s wheelchair rugby side, with Grosvenor Shopping Northampton’s logo featuring prominently on the back of the community team’s jerseys for the next two seasons.

Northampton Saints, who finished fourth in the top-flight last term, meaning they will pit themselves against Europe’s elite in the European Rugby Champions Cup during the 2019/20 season, will also hold first-team player appearances at the town’s prime shopping centre.

More importantly, however, the partnership will see the town’s retail complex support the growth of the club’s wheelchair rugby school programme.

Members of the Northampton Saints wheelchair team will be at the shopping centre on Wednesday 25 September from 10am to engage with the local community and to answer questions for anyone interested in joining them.

James Roberts, centre manager at Grosvenor Shopping Northampton, said: “On a personal level, rugby is something that I am a big fan of and so to have the opportunity to support and be associated with an established top-flight side like Northampton Saints for the next two years is something that I’m excited about.

“Beyond that, and far more importantly, we will be supporting the future development of the club’s wheelchair rugby school programme. It’s grown so much over the last few years and the team there do a lot of invaluable work in the community, giving local kids an opportunity in sport when perhaps they think they do not.”

Jamie Higgins, inclusion officer and wheelchair rugby coach at Northampton Saints, said: “This funding from Grosvenor Shopping Northampton will go a long way to keeping our programme going and will enable us to raise further awareness in schools across Northampton.

“We have had a lot of success so far with it too. We’re going to be helping one of our local schools, where we have held 12-hours’ worth of coaching, into a wheelchair rugby tournament later in the year and we have had a number of players that have gone on to join the club off the back of our sessions too.

“We have delivered into six schools so far this calendar year. With this funding, we’re now aiming to get into 14 by the end of the year.”

Northampton Saints Wheelchair Rugby Club are constantly on the lookout for new players, young and old, experienced and amateur, with any level of disability. The club operates an adult (18+) and youth (8-17) team with their weekly training sessions delivered by qualified Wheelchair Rugby coaches.

More details about the Saints’ wheelchair rugby club and how you can enquire about joining can be found at:https://www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/community/wheelchair-rugby or by contacting Jamie Higgins on:[email protected].