Disability sport in Swindon has been given a boost with the introduction of new wheelchair basketball sessions.
Swindon Borough Council’s Leisure Services team will be running the sessions at Dorcan Recreation Complex from Sunday 6 February between 4pm and 5pm and, if they prove popular, it is hoped a wheelchair basketball club can be formed.
The course has been made possible thanks to external funding from the government-led programme Aiming High which has enabled the council to buy 10 sport wheelchairs, basketballs and tripod hoops.
The first session on Sunday will be free, but after that a charge of £2 will apply for the first three months.
Wheelchair basketball is played using mainly the same rules and equipment as basketball and is suitable for people with a wide range of disabilities. It can also be played by non-disabled people.
Wheelchair Basketball is the most popular wheelchair sport in the UK and is recognised as being excellent for developing fitness, co-ordination and teamwork while offering the opportunity to meet new people.
Cllr Fionuala Foley, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Corporate Services, said: “Wheelchair basketball is a great sport because it can be played by people with disabilities or those without and the emphasis is very much on people having fun as well as fitness.
“Hopefully the sessions will prove to be really popular because it would be fantastic if a new club could be formed as it would enhance disability sport in the borough.”
Sessions will be run by qualified coaches. For further information please contact Ben Humphrey, Ability Sport Development Officer, on: 01793 617782 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org