Wheelchair basketball taster session a great success

Pictured from left to right at the wheelchair basketball session are, Sean Curran, Kieran Doherty, Conor Mc Grotty, Diane Gillon,Perpetua O'Driscoll, Aaron Mckane, Elaine Brolly and coach Steve McCrudden.
Pictured from left to right at the wheelchair basketball session are, Sean Curran, Kieran Doherty, Conor Mc Grotty, Diane Gillon,Perpetua O'Driscoll, Aaron Mckane, Elaine Brolly and coach Steve McCrudden.

Groundwork Northern Ireland and SHINE Charity (Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, Information, Networking and Equality) collaborated on August 25 to facilitate a wheelchair basketball taster session at the Magee Campus of the University of Ulster to promote engagement in the sport in the North West.

Groundwork Northern Ireland helped the North West Eagles Wheelchair basketball group to further establish its impact in the local community by joint funding the wheelchair basketball taster session with SHINE Charity and providing two basketball systems to enable the group to better facilitate future junior sessions.

Normally sessions are charged at £3 per person but through Groundwork Northern Ireland and SHINE Charity’s collaboration the session was free to anyone who wanted to attend.

The session proved a great success with an influx of new members.

Head Coach Steve McCrudden said:

“This was a great session, many participants approached me to comment on how much fun they had on the day,” he said.

“We welcome new members, we have a range of sports chairs available for those who haven’t got a sports chair, not all of our members are permanent wheelchair users, some members do not use a wheelchair in their daily life at all.”

For further information on Wheelchair Basketball in the North West please contact Head Coach Steve McCrudden on Facebook by sending a message to the ‘North West Eagles Wheelchair Basketball’ group page. Sessions are held fortnightly at the Magee Campus Sports Hall of the University of Ulster and sports wheelchairs are available.

If you or someone you know has Spina Bifida or Hydrocephalus and would like to become a member of SHINE Charity or get further information please contact our Western Trust Support and Development Worker, Sandra at sandra.campbell@shinecharity.org.uk, visit the website address   www.shinecharity.org.uk or contact SHINE Charity by phoning 01733555988.

The North West Eagles would like to thank Groundwork Northern Ireland, SHINE Charity and the Big Lottery for making this event possible.