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Wheelchair basketball equipment for schools – 2010

The Motivation Foundation, based in Bristol, is running a schools wheelchair basketball programme for over 2,000 children at 20 schools in South West England. The programme, due to commence in 2011 will provide equipment and training needed to educate children about Paralympic sport and provide opportunities for children with and without disabilities to play sport together in a fully inclusive environment.

The programme is based on previous sessions by the local youth wheelchair basketball team, the South West Scorpions, that has proved enormously successful at changing attitudes and promoting inclusion.

The JWCT awarded 1,030 in November 2010 to cover the costs of two wheelchairs ten basketballs, and cones. The wheelchair and additional equipment will be donated to a local school for continued use after the end of the programme.

Jen Howitt-Browning, Programme Co-ordinator at the Motivation Trust said “Funding from the JWCT has been crucial to getting our wheelchair basketball project up and running in Somerset. The sports wheelchairs we’ve been able to purchase will help us to give disabled children the chance to play an exciting and challenging sport, and help to build a local club that can get kids playing for many years to come. We’ll be holding our first ‘have-a-go’ session when the new school term starts and we can’t wait! Thank you to the JWCT for making all of this possible.”

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