Wheelchair basketball available for all

Wheelchair basketball.jpgWheelchair basketball allows able-bodied and wheelchair users to play alongside each other.

Manchester Metropolitan University is proud to be a regional centre for wheelchair basketball. The designation means we can host national competitions and share facilities and wheelchairs with other sporting groups in the community.

It is an important addition to the Manchester Met Sport portfolio which offers more than 60 free sports and activity sessions across its campuses.

Manchester Met are proud to support Paralympic athletes such as Kadeena Cox and Tully Kearney. Introducing wheelchair basketball is a great way for the University to connect staff and students with the athleticism of wheelchair sports.

“We have teamed up with British Wheelchair Basketball to create a new innovative programme that brings the wheelchair basketball regional centre to Manchester Metropolitan University and specifically Sugden Sports Centre. Through this new partnership we hope to grow participation within higher education, develop a sustainable workforce and support a new inclusive programme of activity at Manchester Met,” said Jonathan Fletcher, Sport Development manager.

Wheelchair basketball is now offered free to able bodied and wheelchair-using staff and students on a Friday from 1730 to 1830, at the Sugden Centre. No booking is necessary and no previous experience required!

Tully Kearney, participant and para-swimmer said: “Wheelchair basketball is the most fun sport and I’ve never met anyone who didn’t enjoy it when they’ve tried it. Even members of my family and my able bodied friends have had a go and loved it.”

Wheelchair basketball was first played in the U.S.A., when basketball players injured during World War II adapted the running game to four wheels in order to continue their enjoyment in sport and particularly team sport. The British Wheelchair Basketball League was formed in the Seventies, and has grown dramatically, with a competitive men’s and women’s league and a GB team representing the country at the Olympics.