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…
Wheelchair basketball in SUSSEX to return bigger than ever… delivering 2 university sessions a week that are open to the park-life programs, and EXCLUSIVELY to SUSSEX BEARS development players ….
We want to have some students to be more involved in wheelchair basketball they will be advocates and sport leaders to promote the sport, once we get an established group that train repeatedly then with Sussex Bears on board next year we can get Brighton University teams in leagues again… “
Mike has been a supporter of the Sussex Bears wheelchair basketball team from day 1… Over the last 2 years he has witnessed the club go from a handful of players to now 3 national league teams and winning 2 leagues in both seasons.
In the last few days i have had long conversations with the coaches at Sussex Bears about the importance of getting grass roots players the experience in dedicated training sessions.
You will develop brand new players so much faster if you can organise MORE training sessions AND matches against other new players so a University with a huge quantity of new, fast learning and young players is perfect…. then the reward for the hard work is “the invite” to train at our core team training at the Bear Cage Arena on a Friday Night… As THIS IS the place players will “Want to be” as we progress up the leagues over the next few seasons.”
Pete Bull (Sussex Bears)
The University was a big part of the RSP 2019 impact report book on disability sports, that showed the true “million pound” value this sport can have…
Last year saw wheelchair basketball return to the University via team Boss Ricky Perrin and his link up with Mike Fisher from the Falmer sports centre at the University of Brighton,
But the new student year will not only seen a return of the sport but term 1 of the 2019 academic year will now see the sport run from more than 1 University sports campus so that students in BOTH Brighton and Eastbourne can access the fastest growing disability sport on the south coast!
I am thinking of EVERY single student we can introduce wheelchair basketball to, they will take that memory with them forever whatever career they take having some experience in disability sports, plus i know that every single one of them will share pictures and promote the sport on social media to more peers and fellow students, plus we can use these training sessions as development training sessions for our own team training – it is a win / win situation for everyone,
I’ve been very lucky having made connections to some of the best medical tutors in the world based in Brighton, and they want the students who are the next generation of General Practitioners to learn about social prescribing and how the impact of playing wheelchair basketball and other disability sports can help independence in people so they wont need as much medical professional input .
Ricky Perrin – Team Manager of Sussex Bears wheelchair basketball
With Brighton already a major hub for students with the University of Brighton, University of Sussex and the Royal Sussex University Hospitals (RSUH) linking up wheelchair basketball and students goes hand in hand and Sussex having a long term future of the sport.
Building works have already begun in Brighton of this huge URBAN REGEN project known as “The Big Build”
Over the next few years the student population in Brighton will get bigger and bigger… and then also there is the 3T hospital HALF BILLION POUND PROJECT.
The 3T Brighton Hospital rebuild will see a rise in student medical professionals choosing Brighton as the city to study in, as the HALF BILLION POUND project develops in one end of BRIGHTON then the UNIVERSITY develops the other side of Brighton…
… Imagine what would connect a major Hospital redevelopment, a massive raise in the student population of medical experts and PE students choosing SUSSEX as a new place to study…
if only there was a wheelchair basketball team that had connections with the university and had trained medical students at (RSUH) to raise awareness of disability sports, and a future pathway plan to develop the sport on the south coast of the UK…
Over the last 18 months I have been working closely and building up a great relationship with the Universities of Brighton and Sussex… I have also been working with the NHS Trust from consulting with them and the building developers Laing O’Rourke in Brighton in any way i can helping them on the new hospital 3T build, to offering my advice on access and disability awareness of new builds in the city, over several meetings.”
Ricky Perrin – Team Manager Sussex Bears Basketball
Part of the ORIGINAL set up of this website was based around the set up of a new pathway so we can help those new students, new patients, and those newly injured or born with a long term health condition or disability in Sussex get an entry in to a sport and the long term benefits that playing in a competitive field can deliver.
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.
SUSSEX BEARS WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL & UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON
Parklife is a project run by Sport Brighton. Sport Brighton is the University of Brighton’s Sport and Recreation Service which offers a range of services from facilities to sports activities…. Parklife is supported by Brighton Students’ Union. Ultimately they hope to get more people involved in sport and physical activity across the University.
Starting this Tuesday at Falmer, Park life Wheelchair basketball taster sessions will run from 6pm till 7pm then from 7pm till 8pm will be a club session for the Sussex Bears Wheelchair basketball team in a collaborative deal that benefits the university and the league wheelchair basketball team.
Ricky Perrin Wheelchair team manager for Sussex Bears said… “This deal is a WIN WIN for everyone… the students who take part in the taster session we be getting a taster session along side players or coaches in the Sussex Bears teams and it in return the Sussex Bears get extra training at this amazing facility here at Falmer at a fantastic rate that a newly formed community team can afford”
“After a very long time of talking and planning it is fantastic to get dates in the diary and start promoting the return of high level league wheelchair basketball back to the city that was once a huge player in this sport.”
Ricky is down at the Brighton university’s Cockcroft building today talking to students and promoting the start of these sessions that we hope will eventually see more people entering the sport at grass roots level.
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.
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.