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Blazers Update

Firstly we owe anyone who has visited this site over the last couple of years an apology. We’re a voluntary run group without much extra time and the website was heavily neglected; we’re hoping to commit more time to it in the future.

The Club is still a busy and vibrant place to get involved with and you can always stay in touch and up to date by:

Finding the latest training and match details in our calendar (which is updated in real time):

Following us on Facebook – we post regular updates about training and events

You Can also join our online Facebook Group if your a current member: 

 

See you at training soon

 

Martin

June 2017

Summer Club Taster / Open Day

On the 2nd August 2015 we will be hosting a club open / taster day.

The free to attend event will allow players old and new to come down and try their hands at Wheelchair Basketball and enjoy a day of fun and frolics!

Feel free to drop in between 1 and 4 or be there for the whole session and see what the sport and the club are all about

 

For more information speak to Colin on 07709 433114

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

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.

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”

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

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