Students try their hand at wheelchair basketball

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Students including Team GB Under-23 Wheelchair Basketball player Jim Palmer (far right) alongside Essex Outlaws coachesStudents at the College have celebrated equality and diversity within sport thanks a visit from the Essex Outlaws Wheelchair Basketball Club.

More than 120 students ahad the opportunity to experience the sport of wheelchair basketball on Thursday 12 December.

Sessions led by the Outlaws provided learners with a brief introduction to the mechanics of operating the specially-adapted wheelchairs, and how to move around, before they experienced the game itself in a competitive environment.

Students involved in the day, who study sport qualifications at the College, were able to develop appreciation and awareness for a physically demanding disability sport.

Sixteen-year-old Seevic College student Jim Palmer is part of the Team GB Wheelchair Basketball Under-23 team, and took part in the day’s activities.

He said: “I think the visit of Essex Outlaws was really important, as it gave other students an understanding of how hard and different wheelchair basketball is, despite it essentially being the same sport. In everyday life, things like opening a door require that little bit more effort. Today showed the hard work that goes in to that.”

Nineteen-year-old Luke Beard, who studies BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science, is able-bodied and also took part in the day’s activities.

"Being disabled doesn’t mean you can’t follow your dreams” Sports student Luke Beard

He said: “Taking part gave me an eye-opening experience of how hard it is playing sport in a wheelchair. It was great to see how skilled the players are, and that being disabled doesn’t mean you can’t follow your dreams.” 

The Essex Outlaws Wheelchair Basketball Club, based in Chelmsford, are the only competitive wheelchair basketball club in Essex and are placed highly in national competitions.

Seevic College offers sports qualifications from Entry Level to Higher Education. The College’s competitive sport offer, Seevic Storm, competes at the highest national College level.

The College’s next Open Evening takes place on Tuesday 4 February 2013, 5.30 – 8pm.

Visitors can pre-book online

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