Sport courts new players

It was a full two days of wheelchair basketball in Daventry over the weekend as people got a chance to play and watch the sport.

The Northants Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club staged a two-day event at Daventry Leisure Centre over the weekend to bring the sport more locally to people, and try to give more people the chance to get involved.

Wheelchair basketball, Daventry Leisure Centre NNL-140103-132604001

Wheelchair basketball, Daventry Leisure Centre NNL-140103-132604001

On Saturday there was a taster session for anyone to go along and try out the sport; and on Sunday the team played their Regional League game against Hereward Heat at the leisure centre.

Stuart Tite, head coach and development officer for the club, said: “We had a good turn out with youngsters and some adults coming along to try out wheelchair basketball.

“We had people there will a range of disabilities – lower leg amputees, people with cerebral palsy, and learning difficulties.

“We identified five youngsters, all under the age of 14 with disabilities as potential talent, which is great.

“The idea behind the weekend was partly access – to bring the sport closer to people.

“But the goal is to create a talent pathway for players. The involves finding enough people to create several local teams, so there can be a progression of skill through those teams for the players who want to take the game further.

“That’s the long term plan, and we’re really happy with how it went over the weekend in Daventry.

“The next event will be similar and probably in May at Daventry, but the date isn’t set as yet. But what we will be doing is switching the days around and having the match on the Saturday, and a taster session on the Sunday.

“That means people can come along again and give it a second go if they weren’t sure after this weekend, and it also means it’s on a different day so it gives different people a chance to come as well.”