Beginner Sport session of the week: Wheelchair Basketball

NTU's Play for Fun programme is an exciting timetable of sessions aimed at getting people active on a fun and casual basis. Find out all about the sessions we run in our new regular feature.

NTU's Play for Fun programme is an exciting timetable of sessions aimed at getting people active on a fun and casual basis. Find out all about the sessions we run in our new regular feature.

The Beginner's Wheelchair Basketball session is accessible to all and is a great way to play sport for fun. The session provides an opportunity for students to try a new, exciting sport and meet new people at the same time. All of the equipment is provided and you don't need to sign up in advance, just turn up on the day and join in!

The beginners session runs weekly on Fridays from 5 pm - 6.30 pm in the Lee Westwood Sports Centre on our Clifton campus. NTU Sport work in partnership with British Wheelchair Basketball to recruit a Higher Education Wheelchair Basketball Officer, (HEWBO), to increase participation across the university and the local community. This role provides students with an opportunity to gain valuable experience of working with a National Governing Body of Sport and access national training to enhance their leadership skills. The NTU HEWBO's for 2015/16 are Duane Nicol and Adedayo Dada, and as part of their roles they lead the Friday session each week.

So far this year there have been 25 different students attend the Beginners session and on average the session has 12 students attending weekly. This session has also been opened up to allow University of Nottingham students to attend, adding some friendly rivalry to the sessions.

Will, a third-year Sport Science and Coaching student, told us why he enjoys playing Wheelchair Basketball so much: "I first attended the session because a friend asked me if I wanted to come and I wanted to do something new and different. I immediately fell in love with the sport, as it's fast paced and requires a lot of skills both physically and psychologically. Another reason why I enjoy playing is that everyone is so nice and made me feel so welcome."

The Beginner Sport sessions are designed to be delivered in a non-threatening environment, free from competition and commitment, allowing students to have the confidence to try something completely new. Oliver, a first-year Product Design student, told us why he started playing, "I attend because there is a friendly group of people and it's something that is completely new and challenging. I enjoy it because it is good fun and I get to learn more about a less known sport."

In early November, two of our sport champions, promoted the Beginner Wheelchair Basketball session outside the new pavilion building in Clifton. They set up two of the wheelchairs, giving people an opportunity to get a feel for how to move in the chairs and a chance to try out dribbling with the basketball. Look out for other promotional activities in the coming weeks!

Wheelchair Basketball is growing year on year at NTU and is a fantastic sport to allow students of all abilities to participate in, and most importantly have fun while playing! New students are always welcome so come along on a Friday and check it out!

Visit the Play for Fun web pages to view the timetable and follow NTU Play for Fun on Twitter for regular updates.

Beginner Sport session of the week: Wheelchair Basketball

Published on 1 December 2015
  • Category: Sport

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