People are being given the chance to try out a range of sports on two wheels, thanks to a special open day organised by Swindon Borough Council.
The Wheelchair Sports Open Day has been put together by the council’s Leisure Services team and will take place at the Delta Tennis Centre on Sunday 17 March between 1pm and 4pm.
It will showcase a range of sports available to wheelchair users from across the borough and surrounding areas.
Wheelchair basketball and rugby on offer
Among the sports on offer are wheelchair basketball, which will be delivered by coaches from the Swindon Shock basketball team, while wheelchair rugby sessions will be run by Swindon St George Wheelchair Rugby League Tag Club.
Richard Watkins, head coach at Delta Tennis Centre, who already runs wheelchair specific coaching sessions twice a week at the centre, will be on hand to show potential players how to get involved.
Sports wheelchairs and tennis specific wheelchairs will be available on the day, so everyone can take part. And, as the sports are fully inclusive, they are not restricted to just wheelchairs users.
Organisers are also encouraging companies to attend the open day with a view to sponsoring some of the wheelchair teams.
Funded by local charity Inner Flame
The open day was funded with money raised by local charity Inner Flame, along with funding from the Tennis Foundation and supported by Project Ability.
Young people from Inner Flame took part in a course as part of their Prince’s Trust Team Programme, which saw them attend a number of weekly sessions, organised by Swindon Borough Council and various clubs, for adults with disabilities and learning difficulties.
Inner Flame helps young people aged 14 to 25 to discover their potential. The charity runs programmes to help jobseekers between the ages of 16 and 25 to find work and move forward in their lives, as well as residential courses such as Fire Me Up! – a fun, challenging experience for people aged 14 to 19.
David Wreathall, Inner Flame Co-Founder, said: “We were delighted that our team decided to take part in and support disabled sports as part of their community project.
“They really enjoyed the experience and were inspired by the disabled sports people that they met in their week.”
Cllr Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “I would like to thank the young people and those involved with Inner Flame for raising the money to help us organise the Wheelchair Sports Open Day as it will give more people the opportunity to access sports and activities they may not have tried before.”
Louise Hunt, mentor to the Inner Flame participants and London 2012 Paralympian, said: “It’s been amazing to see them develop over the period they have been at Inner Flame and I have really enjoyed supporting the group.”
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