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Truro College Child Care Students experience Wheelchair Basketball

Truro College

This week a group of Early Child Care students from Truro College took part in their first ever wheelchair basketball session, provided by the Truro and Penwith College 'Health, Wellbeing and Sport' team. The 8 female students were given the opportunity to take part in the Paralympic Sport of Wheelchair Basketball, as part of a tutorial enrichment activity. The session was delivered by Mark Stevens, and experience Wheelchair Basketball Coach and College Sport Activator, who provided the students with a range of activities and games to enable them to experience the sport.

The session gave the students a chance to experience the worldwide inclusive sport that is wheelchair basketball. They learnt basic chair skills that included turning and pushing in all directions, to dribbling the ball whilst the chair is moving. All the students had a great time, and asked for further opportunities to play the sport.

Mark Stevens, College Sports Activator said "I am really glad all the students enjoyed participating in wheelchair basketball, and we will continue to work in partnership with the Cornwall Cougars Wheelchair Basketball Team to help promote the sport."

Truro and Penwith College have recently trained a number of their student volunteer Activators to become wheelchair basketball coaches, as part of the Colleges commitment to delivering more inclusive sports opportunities.

Julian Wills, Truro and Penwith College Sports Maker said "We know that the recent figures from Sport England Active People survey shows a decline in disabled sports participation. Here at Truro and Penwith College, we are determined to buck this trend and provide more opportunities to engage with young disable people.

For more information about Wheelchair Basketball opportunities please contact Mark Stevens markstevens@truro-penwith.ac.uk