Christmas Training dates

Just to confirm there is no training this weekend as the hall is closed for Christmas.

Tuesdays for seniors will start back on the 6th January and Sundays will be back on the 11th.
The focus of Sundays when we get back for the seniors will be in getting ready for the development games so lets have a good turnout!!
In the mean time we hope everyone has a wonderful festive season.

Juniors get cash boost

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Massive thanks goes to Foundation Derbyshire for helping to fund the costs of our Juniors Wheelchair Basketball sessions.

The Junior element of the Wheelblazers squad is made up of disabled and non-disabled children between the ages of around 6 – 16, all of whom get a lot out of coming to the training sessions each Sunday. Wheelchair basketball is a fund pack, fast & frantic completely inclusive sport, but it’s also an expensive one. Thanks to Foundation Derbyshire funding has now been awarded that will help towards the cost of hiring the sports hall.

If you’ve not thought about giving it a go yet come down to a session. Juniors train from 1 – 2.30 every Sunday at Derby College Sports Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Mackworth; just next to the new housing development. If you’re over 16 and want to get involved our Seniors session run right after Juniors until 4pm.

You can also come down and watch our first team play in the national league completely free of charge – find details of our next game here

NHS Supply Chain Get Involved

NHS Supply Chain’s Customer Partnership team recently had the opportunity to spend a day supporting Derby Wheelblazers, a local wheelchair basketball team based in Derbyshire. The team play in the 3rd Division of the British Wheelchair Basketball League and after a hard fought season their chairs and equipment needed to be checked, repaired and labelled to ensure that they are ready for the players and people learning to play wheelchair basketball.

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The Wheelblazers realised that wheelchair basketball is as much a tool for education and experience as it is for fun. The Wheelblazers run a variety of successful and popular community outreach sessions in schools and businesses which educate on the issues of disability, equality and provide a new and novel experience.

Using the best of NHS Supply Chains logistics skills 30 chairs were dismantled and matched with the correct tyres, areas of maintenance identified and 60 new wheels were inflated so that the wheelchairs were in pristine condition ready for the next season.

Once the hard work had been done, NHS Supply Chain’s Customer Partnership team prepared for their next challenge, Martin, Ricky and Dave from the Wheelblazers demonstrated the basics; how to get going in the chairs, how to dribble the ball, pick it up (when it inevitably got away from us)! and shoot baskets. It all sounds very straight forward but becomes very difficult when attempting to complete the manoeuvers in a wheelchair.

It was then time to split into teams and see how it’s done properly. A tentative start from us all quickly turned into lessons in tactics and teamwork with everyone getting into what we all found to be a really addictive sport. The final result was unimportant as the whole team had a great time, learned new skills and had the opportunity to support a brilliant wheelchair basketball club.

Martin Austin, from the Wheelblazers said, “As a group that’s run entirely by volunteers we appreciate all the help we can get. This was a big task that was certainly a case of many hands make light work and we couldn’t thank you guys enough. The game at the end was great fun and I think we had a couple of new fans of the sport at the end of it”

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Blazers Bracelets!

Aaron (one of our new Development Squad / Junior members) is embarking on a charity conservation expedition to Ecuador in 2015.

This is from him and his family:

He must raise £4000 to be able to go on the trip. He has been selling cakes, he has taken on an Avon round, been bag packing, done quiz nights and loads more.

We prefer to offer something in exchange for a donation rather than just ask for money, hence the bracelets! They can be personalised with a name and a choice of colours. We designed the club ones to demonstrate. He is also collecting empty printer ink cartridges and old mobiles which will be recycled.

This idea works well with the conservation aspect of the expedition. He is travelling with www.campsinternational.com if anyone wanted to have a look at the good work they do.

If anyone has any other suggestions for fundraising or would be able to offer some kind of sponsorship (t shirt sponsorship for example) then please let us know. louise_s_parker@hotmail.com

End of Season

To end this years season we’re having a club day where members of all squads, friends, family and more are invited to come and enjoy a casual day of games and activities.

For members of the club we’re planning to have a fuddle so if you want to contribute and bring in some food please mail blazers@derbywheelblazers.com to add your name to the pot for us to coordinate.

This is a perfect time for new players to come down and find out more without any pressure at all – just to have a go or even just watch.

If you’re on facebook you can find the event here.

 

This link works even if you don’t have facebook

 

Next Season

Next seasons start date s still to be announced but we have confirmed we will be entering a second team into the League in Division 4. The initial selection for this squad is complete but any and all player are welcome to register. We are only able to fund entry for the selected squad members but all others are welcome to sign up if they are willing to pay their own registration fee (£30 seniors, £15 Juniors).

 

Speak to Martin on the 13th if you’re interested

Blazers Clothing

UPDATE 13/07/14

Unfortunately we have been let down by our suppliers after months of chasing and will therefore need to cancel all orders.

We will be taking new orders in time to have gear for next season and can only apologise for the inconvenience.

A new order form will be posted in due course

 

 

Guest Blog for DCMS

Off of the back of the Paralympics and the fantastic support offered by Deloitte Parasport we were asked to write a guest blog for the Department for Culture Media and Sport on 2012’s impact on Wheelchair Basketball at a grass roots level.

You can read the full blog here

Things have developed even more since this Blog was written as we are now looking at the development of two satellite clubs in the county, and demand for community sessions remains at an all time high.

If you’re interested in what we might be doing in your area, or might be able to do please get in touch

 

Parasport Press Release

Disability sport set for participation boost as Parasport traffic rockets

 

The number of people visiting Deloitte Parasport, the website which signposts people with a disability to sporting opportunities, has soared thanks to the Paralympic Games.  Over 37,500 people visited the site between August 29th and September 10th, compared with 1,400 people during the same period last year, an increase of more than 2,000%.  A significant majority of visitors to the site have used the ‘Find a Club’ function suggesting that people have been inspired by the performances of ParalympicsGB and want to get more active.

 

Deloitte Parasport was created in 2007 by the British Paralympic Association and Deloitte as a way to signpost disabled people to high quality opportunities and drive grassroots participation.  The site saw its first surge of visitors after the Beijing Paralympic Games when 20,000 people logged on in one month.  By January this year, 40,000 people were using the site each month and that figure has now increased again to around 60,000.  Almost 3,000 sports clubs are now registered on the site.

 

Sarah Storey, whose four gold medals at London 2012 took her overall tally of Paralympic gold medals to 11, said: “London has been such an incredible host for the Paralympic Games.  I’ve competed at every Games since Barcelona and have never experienced such large and passionate crowds.  Winning gold medals is an indescribable feeling but it would be very special indeed if my performances and those of my team mates play a part in encouraging more disabled people to get active.  I would encourage anyone to get on to Parasport and give sport a go.”

 

Martin Austin, Chair of the Derby Wheelblazers, said:  “There is absolutely no doubt that the Paralympic Games have inspired disabled and non-disabled people alike to try a new sport and get active.  We’ve had lots of enquiries from potential new players for next season, along with more requests for our players to demonstrate the sport to schoolchildren and other community groups.  More broadly, there has clearly been an increase in the awareness of our sport.  Wheelchair basketball is a fantastic sport and London 2012 has brought it to national attention.”

Following the success of the Games, the British Paralympic Association intends to run a Paralympic Festival over the coming year to give people the opportunity to try a full range of disability sports, discover clubs and sports centres in their area that have the facilities to continue to allow them to play and meet some of Great Britain’s medal winning Paralympians.

 

Jane Jones Marketing and Communications Director for the British Paralympic Association, said: “The whole country has been inspired by the amazing achievements of the athletes at the Paralympic Games.  Building on this momentum we want to give people of all abilities the opportunity to try disability sport and discover sports clubs and centres where they can play in their area.  They will also have the chance to meet their heroes, as medal winning Paralympians will attend to demonstrate their sport.  Whether they are looking to find a new hobby, get fit or become a professional athlete this festival will have something for everyone.”

 

Catherine Bayley, disability sport manager at Deloitte, said: “Dozens of staff at Deloitte have volunteered their time over the last few years to ensure the information on Parasport is accurate, so it is really exciting to see such positive numbers and know that these efforts have been worthwhile.  It is a privilege and a humbling experience to support the BPA and we are very proud that our contribution has had such an impact.”

Good Luck Rikki!!

On behalf of the club and all of its members over the years I wanted to say a quick (and hopefully brief) goodbye to Rikki Harrison and wish him all the best for what will be an amazing year.

Today was Rikkis last Sunday session with us for a while as next week he’s leaving us for University (selfish sod!). Rikki has been a massive part of the squad, never one to shy away from volunteering to help support the club, members and players at every opportunity and his enthusiasm for the club will be truly missed while he’s away.

I’m sure you can expect to see Rikki on court and on the sidelines whenever he’s back in Derby, but in the meantime please join me in wishing him thanks and good luck!!

Cheers Rix

 

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Derby City Sports Awards – Shortlisted!

We are incredibly proud to announce that Derby Wheelblazers have been shortlisted for the Club of the Year award!!!

Wish us luck!