Rolling Sports Pathway News

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More than a Sponsor…

Wheelchair basketball gets sponsored at Sussex Bears by Birchwood Motor Group, Brand New sponsored kit, warm up tops, court side banners and even a lovely bit of cake was on offer as the team rolled out last month…

many thanks to Poppy Mccollum for the amazing photos

The Sussex Bears Movie

This latest movie highlights the importance of wheelchair sports and this is the very first film about how just taking part in grass-roots disability sports saves lives, saves money, and creates an equal playing field.

5 minutes of inspiration

Already seen by NHS and GP medical trainees… this movie is highlighting why we need social prescribing in to disabled sports nationwide…

The Sussex Bears movie may only be a few minutes long but it follows the stories of 3 players inside the Sussex Bears Wheelchair Basketball team.

East Brighton resident Ricky moved to the area a few years ago and saw a vast difference in the opportunities given to those living with a disability compared to London where he lived for a couple of years before.

In London and in other areas of the UK people with disabilities can access sports almost every day of the week so they improve their core fitness, improve the quality of life by retaining independence for longer…

Ricky began a little wheelchair basketball session in East Brighton that was open to all players regardless of a team they played for, this led to Ricky and some teammates launching the Sussex Bears Wheelchair Basketball team.

Sussex Bears – Development League

Sussex Bears – New development league sponsorship

Another great day for wheelchair basketball in Sussex today as Sussex Bears Team Manager Ricky Perrin and new player Andy Hooper visited the One Stop Store in Hove for a quick photo with sales manager Jayne, One Stop have sponsored the development team this season and for the Sussex Bears Team this means some sponsored kit, new balls and some funding to cover this seasons home match expenses like league referees.

“It may only look like a few vests! but to a brand new player it means they can start playing league matches without the upfront cost of buying your own kit” said Andy Hooper – Andy has never played in a league match before and he will make his on court debut on April 6th when the development team season starts in Lancing.

The Sussex Bears launched a wheelchair team last season winning the 3rd division South East and gained promotion to the 2nd division south… however during this season they have doubled the number of players and can enter a second team in the 4th division known as the development league.

 Ricky Perrin – Team Manger followed up by saying “Several brand new players like Andy will get a brand new set of vests when the development league starts in April at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy, plus it is fantastic to see some sponsorship and promotion going to the grass roots of the sport… it was great to pop down here today and we even managed to get Jayne from One Stop to have a go in a sports wheelchair”

A huge box of kit including new basketballs we all be ready for the league matches on April 6th and new playing vests will go to future players that come and join the team over the next season or 2, that will make a huge impact to growth of the team.

Coach Craig Wilson says “At the Sussex Bears we want to build a big wheelchair basketball team playing across all the UK leagues and Divisions, this season we entered teams in to the 2nd and 3rd division but at the last minute we found we were just 1 player short of the 3rd division entry requirements, so the development league takes on a greater importance as we have had many teammates and new players that have not had the league court time they deserve for all the hard work at training they have put in, next season being able to provide some kit and sponsorship that will help us pull in a few extra players so everyone will get more court time as we will enter more league teams!”

Coach Pete Bull added “The BWB (British Wheelchair Basketball) have a dedicated junior league and at Sussex Bears we want to find BRAND NEW junior players, ready to learn and hungry to be successful not only in our club but to start a career in wheelchair or Para sports, I think we have amazing facilities and some very experienced players with huge quantities of knowledge to pass on to the next generation of athletes… if we can get a message out to schools, universities and to the those newly injured it would say – come to Sussex Bears and let us help you fulfil your potential, You do not need to be a full time wheelchair user to play wheelchair basketball as the sport and league is fully inclusive”

Playing wheelchair basketball can have life changing effects to those that play it, the physical and mental health benefits are incredible and we are linking ourselves up with our local universities, our hospitals and schools to bring this sport to many people as we can… we have both long and short term goals in place and every single penny we get in either from sponsorship or from funding is spent developing this new dedicated pathway.

The next 18 months we will continue to build the team and develop the players that join us, being competitive on the court is vital as that drives the passion in the players to be faster, fitter and to learn more skills and be part of a team with shared vision and goals… if you know a business looking to sponsor us for next season we have various sponsorship opportunities.

Development league starts in lancing at 11am on Saturday April 6th at the sir Robert Woodard academy when 3 matches are played back to back, we would like to invite you all along to witness the action.