Mellon Takes Top Award

Michael Mellon has taken the annual award for Scotland wheelchair player of the year for the second year in a row. Last year following his impressive start to rugby league with Dundee Dragons and a late call up to the national team Michael has excelled.

The award which is named after Scotland captain Graeme Stewart who won the inaugural award in 2013 is given to Scotland’s international player of the year. This is based on performances and selected by the Scotland management with three votes cast each.

“Michael has once again lead the way this year” explains Scotland coach Jamie Seery. “It has been an historic year with our best ever performance at an international tournament and Michael played a massive part in that achievement. Not only does he perform in every game, he also motivates other around him which is key to the success of any team”

Aberdeen-born Michael, who is a below-knee amputee, played running rugby for the RAF when he was in the Services. He was the unanimous choice of the Scotland management team, with Daniel Grant runner-up and Graeme Stewart in third.

Mellon will receive his award early in the New Year.1915711_817248785052102_1876526016377239960_n


Open Scotland Sessions 2016

The Scotland Wheelchair team will be holding open training sessions in 2016, register now for more information.

Scotland coach Jamie Seery said “we are keen to expand our player base as much as possible ahead of an important couple of years for the sport internationally. As our member clubs expand it’s vital we engage with these players, plus I’m positive there is a large number of players out there that aren’t currently involved in our sport but have the ability to succeed at the highest level.”

He continued “since the 2013 World Cup the national team have continued to improve picking up our first win in 2014 and just missing out in 3rd place in Europe this year to Ireland. It’s important we keep that momentum going leading into the 2017 World Cup in Australia”

To register your interest in the open training sessions please email Scotland team manager Graeme Stewart:

Note: Training dates and venues will be announced in the New Year, current Scotland players don’t need to register for sessions.



Vacancy: Scotland Team Manager

JOB TITLE: Team Manager, Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League

EMPLOYER: Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League

RESPONSIBLE TO: Head Coach and Chairperson

RESPONSIBLE FOR: no staff responsibilities

SALARY BAND: Voluntary, expenses covered

HOURS OF WORK: Such hours as are necessary to fulfil the requirements of your position to the satisfaction of Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League, and may include work in evenings, on weekends and public holidays as required. During the programme you will be expected to be with the squad at all times during training and competition.

LOCATION: Mobile workplace including training venues and to include time at training camps and competition/tournaments.

TENURE: This job will be offered for the term of the contract


Job Purpose

To assist in the planning and lead on the delivery of a world class operations plan for the Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League team

Key Responsibilities / Accountabilities:

  • To contribute to planning in the areas of travel, accommodation, meals and equipment
  • To manage all team travel logistics in conjunction with the Chair and to execute the logistics plan during the campaign
  • To work effectively with the Scotland Head Coach and the Chair of Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League during the planning and execution stages of the programme
  • To create and manage the Scotland operations budget in conjunction with the Chair
  • To assist in the collection of information for Scotland eligibility and registration forms
  • To perform special duties as assigned during team travel




Person Specification:

  • Outstanding organisational and communication skills
  • Effective leader with a proven track record of successfully leading teams and/or groups
  • Experience in developing and executing a logistics plan for teams and/or groups – ideally this will include managing sports teams
  • Has a “can do” attitude, focusing on solutions to problems
  • Effective administrator who has experience producing planning documents and reports
  • Committed to continuous personal and organisational improvement
  • Conveys an image that is consistent with Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League values, demonstrating qualities, traits and demeanour that has a positive performance effective on other staff members
  • Working knowledge of key partners: Scotland RL, Sports Councils, Local Authorities, The RFL, etc.
  • Willing to work irregular hours and travel extensively both within the UK and overseas, with overnight stays and weekend work


This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and may be amended from time to time in the light of the changing needs of the organisation through appropriate processes of consultation and the mutual agreement of both parties.

To apply, please send your to: Jamie Seery by email to:


Closing date: 18th October 2015.

Hollister Back National Team

Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League have clinched a major shirt sponsorship deal with ostomy and continence care specialises Hollister.

The deal will see the Hollister branding on all national team playing and off-field kit during the European Championship later this month.

‘I am delighted Hollister will be the new strip partner of the Scotland team, which enhances their existing support of Wheelchair Rugby League in Scotland. During the discussions between our Chairperson Elizabeth Ferris and James Macalister Hollister’s representative in Scotland it was clear both organisations shared similar values’ said Jamie Seery, Scotland Head Coach.

Seery added ‘without the support of Hollister not only for the European Championship but also the support they gave in kind during the Celtic Cup fixtures it would have been a very difficult year for Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League’.

Hollister Continence Care Territory Manager. James Macalister;

“During my time with the team I have noticed that the Players and Coaches are dedicated and motivated individuals who come together and collaborate well to make a successful team. On behalf of Hollister and I, It has been a pleasure to work with the Scottish Wheelchair Rugby League team. Good luck for the European WRL Championships!’

The Scotland team will battle against England, Ireland, Wales, and world champions France for the chance to be crowned European Champions during four action-packed days of competition.

It follows Medway’s success hosting the World Cup in 2013 and the Four Nations tournament in 2014, which both attracted big crowds.

For more information or to book your tickets please visit


2015 WRL European Championships; Less than a month to go!

Exactly one month from now it will all be over, and one squad will be leaving their hotel having been crowned European Champions!

The format for the 2015 WRL European Championships is as follows:

Wednesday, 23 September
England Vs France Kielty / Fassolette Trophy
All tickets £7.50


Thursday, 24 September
11am – Scotland v Ireland
1pm – France v England
5pm – Wales v Scotland
7pm – Ireland v France
£3.50 per match or £5 day ticket (U16s free)

Friday, 25 September
11am – England v Wales
1pm – Scotland v France
5pm – Ireland v England
7pm – France v Wales
£3.50 per match or £5 day ticket (U16s free)

Saturday, 26 September
11am – Ireland v Wales
1pm – Scotland v England
5pm – 3 v 4 play-off
7pm – European Championships Final
£5 per match or £7.50 day ticket (U16s free)

Buy your tickets at

Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League Scottish Challenge Cup 2015 2nd Leg.

Statement on behalf of The Board of Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League.

It is with considerable disappointment that we confirm the decision of Glasgow Panthers Wheelchair Sports Club to forfeit the 2nd leg of the SWRL Scottish Challenge Cup 2015.

Upon reviewing the 1st Leg of the competition, The Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League Board felt it necessary to address the issue of having very young children on court at the same time as fully-grown adults.

It was apparent to The Board that there was significant risk of foreseeable harm occurring as a result of this very obvious physical mismatch between opposing players.

Whilst Wheelchair Rugby League is a “mixed ability” sport by its very nature, The Board unanimously felt it would be in breach of the RFL’s Safeguarding Policy in relation to the welfare of children, which SWRL adopts.

The policy states clearly:


Every person, club, league or other organisation in Rugby League has a duty of care to ensure the safety and welfare of any child involved in Rugby League or related activities, to safeguard them and protect them from foreseeable forms of harm. Safeguarding involves all involved in Rugby League acknowledging that this duty of care exists and putting practical measures in place throughout the game to minimise the likelihood of foreseeable harm arising.

This decision meant Glasgow Panthers would be unable to field two of it’s young members in the Challenge Cup 2nd Leg. In view of this, Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League immediately sought suitable dates to hold a children’s event in Glasgow, providing game time in a safe environment for those players.

Indeed, Dundee Dragons offered to host a “minis” half time event during the 2nd Leg, coined “The Wee Cup” to facilitate game-time for the younger members of both clubs.

The Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League Board informed Glasgow Panthers of this decision and of Dundee’s proposal, via the local SWRL Representative in addition to direct communication from the Chairperson of SWRL.

Glasgow Panthers then held a committee meeting, the outcome of which is herein paraphrased:

“The decision has been made that if all panthers don’t play same as 1st leg, panthers don’t play 2nd leg and its not forfeiting the match, The whole event rules have been changed”.

All members of The Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League Board are disappointed at this response. The Board feels it provided a suitable alternative in order to accommodate Glasgow’s younger members, including them in the excitement of the 2nd Leg, all the while keeping them safe.

 Due to the high-profile nature of the event, and in the pursuit of transparency, the Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League Board felt moved to issue a public statement on the matter.

This was necessary to clearly outline our decision in respect of the Safeguarding Policy within Rugby League, and indeed to publicly record that the Competition’s rules remained unaltered.

We close this matter by confirming the following:

Due to Glasgow Panthers having willfully forfeited the competition’s 2nd Leg; Dundee Dragons are therefore rightfully crowned the SWRL Scottish Challenge Cup 2015 winners based on the result in Glasgow.

Scotland Wheelchair Rugby League will continue to work with our partners in Glasgow and the West to develop a sustainable future for the sport in the area.

All enquiries on this matter should be emailed to

Dragons take narrow lead

Scottish Challenge Cup started with a bang as Glasgow Panthers and Dundee Dragons clashed yesterday.

The first leg was always going to be special with the historic nature of the game. However both clubs performances made it all the more special with end to end tries.

The game got off to a nervy start for both teams with Dundee only managing to get the upper hand with some tactical kicking by Ian McKeen.

It was Panthers Dylan King who scored the first try of the game with quick hands to send him over.

It wasn’t long before the Dragons forced their way over with Scotland’s player of the year Michael Mellon, and McKeen successful with his first conversion to put Dundee ahead.

McKeen then added six points with a try and conversion under the posts to extend their lead.

Panthers charged their way up field with Adam Mould grounding in the corner with Scotland captain Graeme Stewart adding the extras.

The Dragons scored two unanswered tries just before halftime via McKeen and Stephen Carling with McKeen slotting one of two conversion attempts.

After a great first half which seen both sides producing great attacking plays in a high scoring half sees a dominant Dundee take the lead into the second half.

Ian McKeen scored straight from kick off after a error from Panthers.

Dylan King scored his second try after Dundee were unable to deal with the Panthers attacking play. Conversion added by Stewart to take the game to 26-20 in the Dragons favour.

Dundee looked to be back in control of the tie with tries by Mellon and Carling with Stephen converting his own try.

Panthers clawed back points via a Mould try which was converted by Stewart to shorten Dundee’s lead to 4 points.

Ronnie Robb in first game since joining Dundee was quick to get them back to two tries clear.

Panthers then quickly turned the tables and took the lead for only the second time in the game, with back to back tries with King on the score sheet again with Stewart converting.

The two point lead didn’t last long with Carling firing the Dragons back ahead with McKeen adding the much needed conversion.

Dundee continued to control the game before full time at an enthralling first leg of the Scottish Challenge Cup with Dundee taking a slender lead into the second leg.

Both sides meet on Sunday 23rd August at Dundee International Sports Centre to decide who will lift the inaugural Scottish Challenge Cup.

Full Time
Glasgow Panthers 42-46 Dundee Dragons

Glasgow Panthers line up:
Adam mould, Graeme Stewart, Tam Pincock, Dylan King, David Davidson

Interchanges: Iain Barr, Rebecca Mulholland, Maria Quinn, Jack Davidson, Ryan Hughes, Kieron Devine, Jo Havlin

Dundee Dragons line up:
Ian McKeen, Michael Mellon, Stephen Carling, Jay Anderson, David Birtles

Interchanges: Ronnie Robbs, Derek Moncur, Kevin Rattray

Match Officials: Peter Lowis (SWRL), John Cairns  (SWRL)