Our project will support more young people with disabilities in Birmingham with opportunities to play Wheelchair Basketball.
Warwickshire Wheelchair Basketball Academy, known as Bears WBC, has been running Wheelchair Basketball projects in the West Midlands for over 15 years, now with 70 players across 6 teams that form a lively community of players and supporters. The Bears WBC proudly includes players of all abilities, ages, and backgrounds.
We experience consistently high demand from young people looking to play wheelchair basketball with us and have to keep long waiting lists of people wanting to join our sessions. Currently, we are unable to meet this demand because we do not have enough specialist sports wheelchairs. It is important that we provide these chairs so that our club is accessible to everyone – even those who are unable to afford their own chair.
Our project will purchase 7 specialist sports wheelchairs (£2,850 each) in order to increase the capacity of our club and deliver more sessions. We will set up a new weekly training session in Birmingham which will create opportunities for 35 new young people to join our club.
Joining our club will give people with disabilities regular opportunities to take part in physical activity that improves health, learn skills which will improve their life chances, and socialise regularly to reduce isolation.
We also plan to increase the number of School Taster Sessions we deliver across Birmingham. Our project will allow us to deliver 5 additional Schools Taster Sessions per year. This will give 125 more young people the chance to try playing wheelchair basketball, raise awareness of our sport, and change people's perceptions of what people with disabilities can achieve.