Club founder Chris Perkins in partnership with St Lukes School Exeter in 2015. Rebecca Skinner a teacher at St Lukes was instrumental in setting up the partnership Miss Skinner, still today organises and manages all the teams logistic and administration duties. The team is coached by the West Country Hawks Head Coach Adam Simmons and Tilly Robinson captains the team. Tilly, also trains with our adult squad and is the current face of the GBWR campaign to raise money to send a Paralympic team to Japan.
This year the Exeter Hawks created a partnership with the current English Premiership Champions, the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club. The partnership helps to sustain the Exeter Hawks and delivers the opportunity to play wheelchair rugby across Devon. Special thanks must go to Andrew Dudley, Richard Bright and Aaron Struminski for all their hard work.
The Exeter Hawks since their establishment in 2015 have been very successful. In the first ever youth wheelchair rugby tournament in the United Kingdom, held in Oct 2015, at the Copperbox in the Olympic Park the young Hawks made it to the final only to lose out to a very good Saracens team. The following year the team competed in the first South West Regional Competition, held at Gloucester University. The team did very well winning the first of their trophy’s for 2016.
In Oct 2016, the team travailed to Stoke Mandeville, to compete in the second youth wheelchair Nationals looking to inflict defeat on Saracens to revenge the loss at the previous nationals a year earlier. The games were tight all the way through the competition but the Hawks made it to the final and this time over came the Saracens, to take home the trophy and the title of the ‘Best Youth Wheelchair Rugby Team in the country’.
March this year saw the team to travel to Swansea to defend their regional title. Again the games were close with all the teams taking part improving since the Nationals six months before. However, the young Hawks played really and retained their regional title.
At the end of Nov this year, the young Hawks travelled back up to Stoke
Mandeville and defended their National title!!