Stephen Vaughan, Gloucester Rugby CEO, said:
"We are delighted to be working in partnership with Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby and the University of Gloucestershire on this new initiative.
"The Wheelchair Rugby programme will form a part of our community portfolio. By working together we will be offering training and development opportunities for those who would like to participate in the game.
"The initial goal will be to increase numbers playing and to provide the opportunity for regular club based activity. Ultimately we hope to establish a strong wheelchair rugby club that will compete at the highest level."
"We are extremely grateful to our corporate partners EDF Energy who are sponsoring the new Wheelchair Club and Lanes Health who have added their support to the schools development programme."
Stuart Crooks, managing director, EDF Energy generation, said:
"I am delighted that we can support this new wheelchair rugby team group which offers people with disabilities a chance to play a superb contact sport.
"EDF Energy has been a long-time supporter of Paralympic sport and is a company that places diversity and inclusion at the centre of its organisation.
"This sponsorship ticks both these boxes. Anyone who watched wheelchair rugby at the Olympics would have been very impressed with the commitment of all involved and I am delighted that we have a new team on our doorstep.
"I hope our partnership will help the group bring in new members and that the team will develop and become more and more successful."
This will be the first formal partnership the National Governing Body for Wheelchair Rugby has with a Premiership Rugby club and University.
David Pond, Chief Executive of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, said:
"Gloucester is such a strong rugby city, it makes sense that Gloucester Rugby should get involved in Wheelchair Rugby. The support of the University means this new club will only go from strength to strength."
Dr Andy Pitchford, Director of Sport at the University of Gloucestershire, said:
"This is a wonderful opportunity for the University of Gloucestershire to play a big part in local sport. Our students can be great contributors to this project as coaches, leaders and players, and we are delighted to be working with such great organisations as Gloucester Rugby Club and GB Wheelchair Rugby."
Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby Club training sessions will be held every week. 8 new local players with serious interest in taking up the sport have already joined the club.
Anyone that would like to find out more about the club, or to join, please contact: Nicole Talbot at firstname.lastname@example.org