9th December 2022
We are delighted to announce that Channel 4 will be broadcasting the 2023 Wheelchair Rugby European Championship, which is taking place from 3-7 May at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Every match will be available to watch online – including a special celebrity game on Friday 5 May – with the semi-final and final being shown live on free-to-air television.
The championship will see Europe’s top eight teams battle for gold as well as the chance to qualify for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. Viewers can expect thrills, spills, and heart-pumping action as this one-of-a-kind sport steps on to one of rugby’s most famous stages.
Channel 4 has broadcast the Paralympic Games since 2012 and has grown a huge following for its Paralympic sport coverage which included Great Britain’s historic wheelchair rugby gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Our WREURO23 Event Director Chris Walker welcomed the news:
“Our vision for the championship is to provide a platform for us to showcase this incredible sport to new audiences so we are delighted to have partnered with Channel 4 to bring every match live to new and existing fans.
“Over the last decade, Channel 4’s coverage has raised the profile of Paralympic sport, and they’ve built a loyal and enthusiastic audience who I know will be captivated by this exciting sport.
“With the event taking place inside one of the world’s most impressive rugby stadiums – the Principality Stadium in Cardiff – it’ll make a thrilling spectacle for those watching at home.”
Joe Blake-Turner, Commissioning Editor, Sport at Channel 4, added:
“We’re delighted to be showing wheelchair rugby again. Over a million people tuned into Channel 4 to see the Great Britain team grab gold at the Paralympics last year – let’s hope they can deliver in Cardiff next May.”
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Channel 4’s broadcast of the tournament will begin with coverage of the competition draw which is taking place on Monday 12th December at Cardiff Castle. The draw will be available to watch on the C4Sport YouTube Channel from 5:30pm.