City of Birmingham Rockets receive 5 new sports wheelchairs
The City of Birmingham (COB) Rockets launched their new wheelchair basketball team yesterday, and GB Women’s wheelchair basketball players, Charlotte Moore and Siobhan Fitzpatrick, were there to present five new sports wheelchairs on behalf of the Lord’s Taverners.
The new wheelchairs were donated to the Birmingham club on a night where juniors from COB Rockets took part in a training session with the two GB players before the COB Rockets took on the COB Rockets wheelchair basketball team in a game to provide a fantastic showcase of the sport.
The Lord’s Taverners supply sports wheelchairs to individuals who require a starter chair or a bespoke chair for more advanced players under the age of 25. Clubs can apply for up to five multi-sports wheelchairs to enable youngsters to try out a sport before committing to purchasing their own wheelchair.
Donation of these wheelchairs has been made possible thanks to the support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL). Players of PPL play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally, and their support of the Lord’s Taverners has helped provide the new wheelchairs for City of Birmingham Rockets.
Andy Craddock, COB Rockets wheelchair basketball head coach, said: “I can only say thank you to the Lord’s Taverners for their tremendous support and as a club we are really grateful for the new sports wheelchairs. These will help propel the club forward and help us to continue our aim of breaking down the barriers to disability sport in Birmingham. Thank you so much.”
Jay Popat, Participation Manger, British Wheelchair Basketball, said: “We were delighted the Lord’s Taverners invited two representatives of our GB team to present the chairs. As the National Governing Body for the sport, we are always keen to support the development of wheelchair basketball clubs across the UK.”