Businesses urged to enter Corporate Wheelchair Basketball competition

By NickiBlake on January 29th, 2014 - comments

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Employees and businesses in Lincolnshire are being encouraged to enter a team into Active Lincolnshire’s Corporate Wheelchair Basketball competition.

The annual competition, which is organised and ran by Active Lincolnshire in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council Public Health, Lincolnshire Coop and Active Nation, will see businesses from across Lincolnshire come together to compete in Wheelchair Basketball.

Since the Wheelchair Sports Programme launched in 2010 with 170 manual sports wheelchairs and ten Sport Powerchairs, over 25,000 people in Lincolnshire have participated in Wheelchair Basketball, both non-disabled and those with a physical disability.

The event, which takes place on Thursday, February 20 at Yarborough Leisure Centre from 2:30 – 6:00pm, is a great team building event and gives participants the chance to network with other local businesses and organisations, as well as the chance to promote health and physical activity in the workplace.

Michelle White from Children’s Services at Lincolnshire County Council attended last year’s event. She said: “I felt really lucky to be able to take part and have not stopped talking about last year’s Wheelchair Basketball competition. I want my children, friends, colleagues all to have the experience of the disability sport. By putting on events in Lincolnshire for the public to try out, it really helps to develop clubs for disabled and non-disabled members.”

Ian Brown, Equality and Diversity Officer at Active Lincolnshire, said: “Our annual Corporate Wheelchair Basketball competition is a great team building event for businesses in Lincolnshire who may be looking for a way to help boost team spirit and morale in the office. Wheelchair Basketball is not a very common sport, but it is great fun and challenges competitors to try something new. This event is a great opportunity for businesses to get involved and network with a variety of other businesses in Lincolnshire.”

Teams can consist of up to six players, with four on court at a time. Each team must have one female competitor. Cost to enter is £50 per team.

No previous experience is necessary and a short training session will take place at the start. Closing date to enter a team is February 14, 2014.

To enter a team or for more information on the competition contact Ian Brown on 01522 585 580 or via email ian.brown@lincolnshiresport.com