Inclusive sport at UWE Bristol gets a boost

Issue date: 26 April 2016

Basketball wheelchairs at UWE

As part of a partnership between the University of the West of England's (UWE Bristol) Centre for Sport (CFS) and Project Ability, a Youth Sport Trust initiative, funding has been secured to purchase 12 sport wheelchairs.

The arrival of the wheelchairs is part of the University's overall 'Sports Strategy', devised to make sport at UWE Bristol more inclusive and introduce disability-specific sports into the programme, and enable the CFS to host events both within the University and the local community.

Alongside funding from the Centre for Sport and Project Ability, the project has also been awarded £3000 from the UWE Bristol's Better Together Fund.

Coinciding with the University's Disability Awareness month, the sport wheelchairs will be unveiled on 28 April, 16:00 – 17:00 at the Centre for Sport, as part of an inaugural wheelchair basketball game for students and staff.

Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of the University, will be officially unveiling the chairs during the game and the Bristol Bisons Wheelchair Basketball Club will also be in attendance to provide inspiration and coaching to those taking part.

Alex Isaac, Head of the Centre for Sport at UWE Bristol, says, “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.”

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