ITV here at the RSP launch

Disabled sports boost for Sussex

Sussex Bears Team to roll out new pathway

After only a year since the Sussex Bears Wheelchair basketball team launched they have already won a national league title, gained a promotion to a higher league, set up teams in 2 divisions including a dedicated development league… they are now working with other disability sports to unite in a bid to see a change in the way authorities, councils and the national health service see disabled sports.

Local Wheelchair and disability sports get no mainstream funding at government level here in the UK despite the facts to show those playing sports at a grass root level with a disability are far less likely to use core NHS and council services across the entire range of services, if you play disability sports you are less likely to have carers and far less likely to be socially isolated.

Here’s what ITV news said about the program…

A new program to help people who’ve been injured or newly diagnosed with a chronic illness to get into disabled sports has launched in Sussex – easing pressure on the NHS and local councils. Charlotte Wilkins explains.

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Last updated Sat 3 Nov 2018

Inclusive sports day & the NHS – ITV NEWS

Ricky Perrin and others play wheelchair basketball at showcase

After 6 months of meeting with the NHS we ran this disability sports day in Brighton… a collaborative day with Sussex Bears, Brighton Buccaneers and Albion in the Community the charity for Brighton and Hove football club.

Here’s what ITV had to say about the day…

A man from Sussex who says that playing sport has helped him to stay fit and active is encouraging other people with disabilities to take up sport.

Ricky Perrin helped to organise a unique showcase at the University of Brighton campus at Falmer. The event was a joint initiative for the Sussex Bears wheelchair basketball team, and the Brighton and Hove Albion FC charity ‘Albion in the Community’. The Brighton Buccaneers were also there to show wheelchair sports in action.

Mr Perrin says that more than a quarter of a million people in Sussex are living with a disability in the county, but only one in six of them takes part in a sport. He’s calling for more opportunities for people with disabilities to do sport, saying that the potential benefits are not just physical and social – giving people a better quality of life and more independence; but also financial – potentially saving the country thousands of pounds which would otherwise be spent on care and medical costs.

Andy Dickenson spoke to Ricky Perrin, a player for the Sussex Bears; Sam Kennedy who plays for the Brighton Buccaneers; and Bob Aldridge who coaches the Brighton Buccaneers.