Get involved with one of the fastest growing disability sports in the UK.
Active Lincolnshire is using the Wheelchair Basketball Programme to increase participation in physical activity for those with and without a physical impairment, with related health and developmental benefits. The fully inclusive programme is also used to raise awareness of disabilities and disability sport by allowing disabled and non-disabled participants to take part in the same sports session.
The Wheelchair Sports Programme involves 170 manual sports wheelchairs, ten power chairs, and 19 trailers to store and transport the equipment around the county. The programme can be delivered in schools, to Beavers, Cubs, Scout and Guides groups and to workplaces around the county and beyond.
Bill Lord, Head teacher at Long Sutton Primary School, said: “We were lucky enough to receive a term of training in wheelchair basketball from Active Lincolnshire and have to say that it was one of the best series of sports training we have had in school. The use of the wheelchairs was a great leveler for the children and was a hit with all learners. What was most marked was the way in which some children, who had been considered to be reluctant to take part in PE, were fired up by the activities.”
Has the programme had an impact in Lincolnshire?
The programme has seen more than 27,000 people take part, many of whom may not normally engage in physical activity. It is often these people who perform well and excel within the Wheelchair Sports Programme environment.
The programme, which launched in 2009 thanks to three years of funding from NHS Lincolnshire and five years support from Lincolnshire Co-operative.
Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee said: “What pioneering and inspirational foresight has been shown by NHS Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire Co-operative and Active Lincolnshire coming together in a true team spirit to deliver wheelchair sport to over 26,000 participants. This is true sport for all, where everyone participates and get something out of the experience.”
Request a Visit
To request a visit from the Active Lincolnshire Wheelchair Sports Programme, or to find out more information about availability in your area, please contact Angus Drew on 01522 730 325 ext. 213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.