16 August, 2021

Wheelchair Basketball clubs across the UK offering free Open Days this summer

British Wheelchair Basketball clubs across the UK are opening their doors this summer to encourage those inspired by the Paralympic Games to try the sport and visit an Inspire a Generation Club Open Event.

As the Men’s and Women’s teams compete in Tokyo, clubs will be encouraging people within their local communities to come along and get involved in the sport.

The Inspire a Generation Club Open Events will give people a fun and engaging introduction to the sport and are available for all ages and abilities. Wheelchair basketball is a fully inclusive sport where both disabled and non-bodied players can play together.

Clubs from across the four Home Nations will be offering sessions on 28 & 29 August, 4 & 5 September, and 11 & 12 September and providing all of the necessary equipment.

Lisa Pearce, Chief Executive at British Wheelchair Basketball said:

Never has there been a more important time to provide inclusive, fun and informal sporting opportunities, and to embed active lifestyles. All of our elite athletes started at their local club and I hope that by watching them in action in Tokyo, more people will be inspired to try wheelchair basketball for themselves.

“We couldn’t do this without our network of fantastic clubs across the UK who are kindly opening their doors to showcase the sport to new people as part of the Inspire a Generation programme. We cannot wait to welcome players to these sessions and I’m confident many will fall in love with wheelchair basketball!”

Great Britain Women’s Wheelchair Basketball player, Sophie Carrigill, said:

Creating local opportunities for people to try wheelchair basketball is really important to me, particularly since it is such an inclusive sport – anyone can play, irrespective of age, gender and ability. I was inspired to play after London 2012 and I hope that I can inspire others to go to their local club and give my incredible sport a go for themselves. My life is so much better because I discovered wheelchair basketball and I hope that others have the opportunity to experience that too.”

To find your nearest Inspire a Generation Open Event, visit https://inspireageneration.com/participant-register-interest/.

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