Visually Impaired Rugby at Big Game 11
29th December saw the highlight of the year for Harlequins VI rugby team as they got the chance to play on the hallowed turf of Twickenham, home to the England rugby team, before the annual “Big Game” Harlequins festive match.
The Big Game is of huge importance to Harlequins, with many families coming to Twickenham during their Christmas holidays to watch premiership rugby played at the most revered rugby stadium in the world. This year, the 11th year, their opponents were Wasps, and indeed the VI Quins also played a Wasps Legends side in a demonstration of Visually Impaired rugby on the pitch before the big match. The Wasps Legends team wore simulation specs (specially adapted glasses to simulate various visual impairments) in the 6 a-side game and there was some great rugby played from both teams with many spectators already in their seats to watch.
The Harlequins VI team carried out a showcase of VI rugby in the fan park in the lead up to KO where a decent number of children and their parents gave VI rugby a go using the simulation specs. It was a very successful day, gave a lot of exposure of VI rugby and some of the players then carried on to watch the Big Game.
We are very proud to be working with Harlequins Foundation to be developing the game of VI rugby and very grateful for the support of Harlequins RFC. If you would like to know more about VI rugby then please speak to Alex Bassan.