Archive for September, 2014

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”