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.
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.
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.
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
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”
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.