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“I want to play professional wheelchair basketball and to try and teach other young players like me to play.”

Are you a young wheelchair user curious about sport? Have you ever wanted to try a sport but not known where to start? Or perhaps you’ve tried already, but faced barriers to joining in? Well you’re certainly not alone.

Caitlin, Yasmin, Abigale, Rosie, Shannon and Harley are all young wheelchair users who are passionate about sport. For the last 12 months they’ve been developing their skills and experience as sports coaches in their communities.

The group are here to tell you more about the benefits and friendships they’ve found through their chosen sports, the challenges they’ve faced and why they chose to become sports coaches. Watch the five new videos they’ve made below.

If you’re a coach, leader or member of sports club, there’s plenty here for you too. The group share their views on how you can be more inclusive of young wheelchair users in your community as a sports club. For more, check out resources developed by the Activity Alliance.  

With special thanks to Comic Relief for supporting our Activate Academy project. Delivered alongside our friends at Youth Sport Trust, this project empowered Caitlin, Yasmin, Abigale, Rosie, Shannon, Harley and other young wheelchair users to develop their skills and experience through community sports coaching.”

Coaching

“The message I have for wheelchair users wanting to become sports coaches is just give it a go, you won’t know until you try!” Yasmin, Dressage Rider, Archer and Wheelchair Basketball player.

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Participation Challenges

“It’s important for me to have support getting involved in sport because I want to play professional wheelchair basketball and to try and teach other young players like me to play.” Harley, wheelchair basketball player and volunteer

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Friendship and Community

“Doing sports, I’m friends with people who have the same conditions… they’ve had the same experiences as me and they understand it.” Rosie, Horse Rider, Swimmer and Wheelchair Rugby Player

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Keeping Fit & Benefits

“I’m Abigale and I like going the gym and swimming. It’s important to keep fit and healthy because it keeps my legs strong and keeps my muscles from wasting, and keeps my mind healthy”

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Sports in Focus

“My advice is to talk to people who are involved in powerchair football like me. Come in and watch one and even have a go!” Shannon, powerchair football player