These specially designed and constructed wheelchairs provide an opportunity for athletes with a disability, to train, compete and enjoy their sport in local and national competitions.
What is a sports wheelchair?
Athletes with a disability use specially designed and constructed wheelchairs for sports that require speed and agility, such as basketball, rugby, tennis and racing. Each sport requires a specific type of wheelchair, but they all tend to be made of lightweight, composite materials, delivering excellent agility, balance, speed and strength.
How we help young people
Having access to a tailored sports wheelchair means more young people have the opportunity to train, compete and enjoy their sport, in local and national competition.
Without one, many of these young people with a disability simply wouldn’t be able to take part in the sport they love. This ability to access sport can be crucial in helping young people to develop friendships and a sense of belonging, improving confidence, self-esteem and overall wellbeing.
However, with the level of engineering that goes in to a modern sports wheelchair, they can be expensive! We help young people with a disability to access and enjoy sport by donating (and providing grants towards) sports wheelchairs to individuals and clubs who need them.
Over the years, our sports wheelchairs have been donated to many different individuals and clubs, from those just starting out through to elite athletes, including tennis players Jordanne Whiley and Alfie Hewitt and wheelchair racer Mickey Bushell.
British Wheelchair Basketball
Find out how our specially adapted wheelchairs have helped students play sport.
Applying for a sports wheelchair
Lord’s Taverners sports wheelchairs are donated to young people with a disability who require a multi-sports starter chair or a grant towards a bespoke chair. Clubs can also apply for up to five multi-sports starter chairs to enable even more youngsters to try new sports. Applicants are required to make a self-help contribution; full details are shown on the application form.
Applications are reviewed throughout the year. Once we have received your application we will review the form and may ask one of our many regional volunteers to visit you and discuss your application in more detail.
We will keep you fully informed of the progress of your application at all times.
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