British wheelchair basketball seeking delivery partners as part of drive to double participation
Posted: Fri, 01 Oct 2021 12:44
British Wheelchair Basketball has announced a third recruitment drive for Local Delivery Partners as part of its new Inspire a Generation programme.
The ground-breaking initiative has received over £1.5m of funding from the National Lottery and Sport England and aims to double participation in the sport over the next five years. The programme has been designed to support disabled participants find or return to physical activity, many of whom have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The taster sessions take place over six weeks and provide a fun and engaging introduction to the sport.
The Inspire a Generation programme is supported by four National Delivery Partners; StreetGames, WheelPower, Whizz-Kidz and UK Coaching, and an extensive network of Local Delivery Partners who have joined the intitive since its launch in January. All partners have been central to the identification of Community Activators within their own organisations and networks, and the delivery of the Inspire a Generation wheelchair basketball taster sessions in communities across England.
The five-year programme recruited its first cohort of Community Activators, across 17 different delivery partners in March 2021. These trained Community Activators are now delivering Inspire a Generation wheelchair basketball courses for communities within nine different regions across England. The third round of recruitment has now opened, to deliver new waves of community Inspire a Generation courses available across England throughout the next four years. These individuals and organisations will receive all the necessary training delivered by British Wheelchair Basketball.
Discussing the latest recruitment drive, Lisa Pearce Chief Executive at British Wheelchair Basketball said:
"We saw such a positive response to the first round of recruitment, with Local Delivery Partners now out delivering wheelchair basketball sessions in communities across England and introducing more people to our sport in a fun and engaging way, still with many more courses to be rolled out over the coming months.
"The media spotlight on the sport during the Paralympic Games has seen more people wanting to try the sport it's a perfect time to open a new public recruitment wave and encourage new local partners to sign up and deliver these amazing sessions. We've developed a brand-new approach for the sport at a local community level, and I am excited that the programme is now underway."
To find out more about the Inspire a Generation programme, or to become a Partner, visit www.inspireageneration.com.
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Tel: 01509 279900
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About British Wheelchair Basketball
Wheelchair Basketball is a fast-paced and fast-growing sport that allows non-disabled and disabled people to compete together in its domestic leagues and competition. It is a sport of skill and physicality on the court and provides competitors with the tools to become more resilient and independent in their everyday lives. In a survey, 78% of members said that wheelchair basketball has had a positive impact on their mental health, and 21% of all national league players are non-disabled.
There are currently 17,000 people playing the sport in the UK, with a potential participation growth of up to 70,000.
At elite level, the Great Britain men's senior team have won eight Paralympic medals, they are the current World Champions (2018) and European Champions (2019) and have been European champions a total of seven times. The GB women's senior team are 2018 World Championship silver medallists, 2019 European silver medallists and hold European Bronze medals six times in a row. The GB junior men are current U23 World Champions. The GB Junior women are current U25 World Championship Bronze medallists, 2015 U25 World Champions and also two-time U24 European Champions.
To find out more about British Wheelchair Basketball please visit www.britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk.
About the Inspire a Generation programme
Inspire a Generation, driven by British Wheelchair Basketball and supported by £1.5m of funding from Sport England, is a ground-breaking initiative designed to engage an inactive population through informal, fun, inclusive and enjoyable opportunities to play wheelchair basketball.
The programme will:
- Engage an inactive population through inclusive activity
- Support improved confidence and self-esteem of participants
- Ensure that participants are able to access 30 minutes of activity each week
- Garner a longer-term ambition to transition Inspire a Generation participants into longer-term active lifestyles.