With the opening fixture taking place on Armistice Day, RLWC2021 will be respecting the day with the 21 volunteers.
We're looking for 21 military volunteers, will 1 be you?
We're commemorates Armistice Day by launching a search to find 21 military volunteers for the opening matches at the wheelchair tournament next autumn.
The armed-forces volunteers will be known as “James’ Squad” and will have special roles to play at the opening fixtures on 11 November 2021, when hosts England take on Australia and Spain play Norway at the world famous Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.
Wheelchair Rugby League is truly the most inclusive sport of all - not solely a disability sport, as able-bodied people can compete as well and both men and women can play in the same team.
RLWC2021 ambassador, James Simpson, who plays for England and Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair teams, has helped launch a search for 21 military volunteers to play their part in the opening day next year and add to the existing "Power Squad" of tournament volunteers.
James, a lifelong Rugby League fan, joined the Yorkshire Regiment 1st Battalion in 2001 and undertook several overseas missions from Central America to Iraq during his ten-year stint in the military. In 2009, whilst in deployment in Afghanistan, James tripped an IED whilst on a routine patrol, causing life-changing injuries which saw him lose both of his legs, three fingers and the muscle from his right forearm.
Following a lengthy recovery process, James discovered the sport of Wheelchair Rugby League whilst watching his beloved Leeds Rhinos at Headingley in 2013. After a couple of training sessions with the Leeds Rhinos Wheelchair team, he was hooked and has played ever since, going on to represent England at the World Cup in France in 2017, and he is hoping to represent England next year.
With the opening fixture taking place on Armistice Day, RLWC2021 will be respecting the day with the 21 volunteers who will fulfil jobs such as leading the teams out into the arena, the laying of wreaths and carrying out the wheelchair trophy. Personnel within the Armed Forces have the opportunity to apply for the volunteer roles with application’s open from today at 9am, 11 November 2020 until 30 November 2020 at 20:21pm.
All you need to do to volunteer, is fill in the online application below and explain YOUR story!
Applications are now closed. If you've already entered we will be in touch soon. Good luck!