It all started in 2009 with Chris Perkins and Rob Masters. Chris managed the Plymouth Albion community programme and fixed a meeting Rob and Wheelchair Paralympian James Price who lived in Torbay.: A wheelchair Rugby Game was scheduled, James’s Wheelchair Rugby team against Plymouth Albion’s professional players. Needless to say, James’s team won.

Finding that those players from the Westcountry had to travel to Cardiff or London for their nearest club; Chris and Rob teamed up to find funding for the required chairs (£3000.00 each) In 2011 Westcountry Hawks Wheelchair Rugby team was launched in the Mayflower Centre.

Initially only few players played; Richard Ingram, Ed Larkin, Martin Duff and June Duff, together with 2 powerchair users, but now we have over 20 players training in the Plymouth Life Centre each Monday.

Over the years we have had many volunteers who have given up their time to help the club move forward Matt Price and Matt McCann to name a few and the club are indebted to them.

In later years Adam Simmons has become Chairman and player/coach helping to move the club to charitable status, Faye West has become captain, Peter Smedley has become a trustee and Victoria Smedley is Secretary, all have made a significant impact on the club.

The recent partnership with Endeavour Hawks ably led by Richard Rochester and Glyn Barrell has opened another chapter in this successful Westcountry Club.

Chris Perkins
Founder and Head Coach

Endeavour hawks

Formed in 2016 by a group of veterans from the Help the Heroes Recovery Centre – Endeavour, the team has been created within the West Country Hawks to take part in and help with the creation of a variant version of the sport.

The variant version is still in development and will be specifically for those players whose disabilities do not qualify for the current classification system.


Formed in 2013 to compete in the national league (GBWR BT Super Series), the team plays the traditional 4 person Paralympic rules game.
Currently in Division 2 the team also has a number of players training in the development program for the Great Britain Elite squad.

Youth Team

Exeter Hawks Wheelchair Rugby Club was founded in February 2015 through a partnership between West Country Hawks Wheelchair Rugby Club, St Luke’s Science and Sports College, Active Devon and GBWR, to enable children with disabilities in the Exeter and local region to learn and participate in Wheelchair rugby.

Currently have a number of players with special needs / Cerebral Palsy, training and playing once per week (evening) at St Luke’s Science and Sports College.

The team are current Regional and National champions.