Wheelchair basketball case study
Thanks to generous support from our donors, we were able to support UWE Sport with funding for sports wheelchairs to help offer inclusive sport at UWE and within the community.
The UWE Bristol Centre for Sport have bought 12 sports wheelchairs and a trailer which was possible through partner funding from Better Together, Project Ability and UWE Sport. The wheelchairs have been officially launched by Steve West with a game of wheelchair basketball as part of UWE Bristol’s first Disability Awareness Month. Over 30 UWE Bristol students and staff came along to be involved, as well as Bristol Bisons Wheelchair Basketball Club who led the session.
Students and staff have been able to get involved in a new sport. It has also enabled individuals who may have a disability to play against their peers. Having the sports chairs is improving the inclusive sport offer at UWE Bristol and within the local community. As the project has been part funded by Project Ability (PA) (a Youth Sport Trust initiative), the PA lead for the local area is going to take the chairs into local schools for children who may be wheelchair users to use within PE lessons, enabling them to take part in a specific sports chair rather than their wheelchair that may not be agile enough for sport, therefore enhancing their sporting experience.
The chairs are helping us realise our inclusive sport strand in our new sports strategy. We have a weekly wheelchair basketball session scheduled as part of the Social Sport programme from September. We have created a partnership with Bristol Bisons Wheelchair Basketball Club who will lead the session and also provide an outlet for players who would like to join their club. They will also be delivering wheelchair basketball sessions to our Hotshots Holiday Camps, for children aged 8-13 over the summer holidays.
The chairs will be used for outreach work as described above. They will also be used as part of our SEND DICE multi-sport events where we will deliver sports such as wheelchair basketball, badminton, rugby etc. (Our SEND DICE events are held at UWE Bristol for local children in special and mainstream schools that have a disability to experience sport away from school and the UWE Bristol environment).
Positively affecting the lives of local young people
These wheelchairs enable UWE Bristol to continue to positively affect the lives of local young people through our programme of disability sport. The programme has already seen over 750 children from 49 schools come to the Centre for Sport to learn and play sport, and these chairs will help to offer a more inclusive sporting programme.
In addition, we hope to engage the whole student body and offer opportunities for all students to learn and play different sports alongside one another.
Thanks for the funding it has made a huge difference.