East Kent Freemason’s Cornwallis Charity helps 14-year-old Ed
Ed Croucher age fourteen has become one of the youngest players to appear in wheelchair rugby’s topflight. His debut for the Hellfire wheelchair club, Canterbury, was at the opening weekend of the GBWR league 1 season at Leicester with the Cornwallis logo on the chair’s wheels.
After playing against the West Country Hawks, Ed got the news that he had passed the official classification process successfully.
The Cornwallis Charity felt that Wheelchair rugby is a team sport played by athletes with a physical disability and deserved support. It is a sport like no other and has elements from several different sports including Basketball, Handball and Ice Hockey. It is a contact sport and physical contact between rugby chairs is an integral part of the game. It is played by two teams of up to 12 players but only four players from each team may be on court at any time. It is a mixed-gender sport and both male and female athletes play on the same teams.
Ed has been playing rugby with the team for about 18 months. He was invited to undergo the classification process that all athletes must complete before playing competitive league games. Whilst in Leicester he made his debut in the senior side making him the youngest player to play for Canterbury and one of the youngest to play league 1 in the national league.
On the back of his performance, Ed has been invited to a GB Youth Team training in Birmingham and to play in a youth game to be played before a Quad nations game back in Leicester where the GB Elite Squad will play teams from USA and Australia in preparation for Tokyo 2020 in front of a crowd of 1000 plus paying spectators.
Ed’s Wheelchair clearly shows the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Chariy Logo on its wheel.