October 16th saw South Devon Adaptive Sports Academy launch the first of their weekly wheelchair basketball training sessions at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre.
The sessions bring the opportunity to play one of the most popular and dynamic Paralympic sports close to the people of Torbay, Teignbridge, South Hams and other South Devon areas for the first time. Already proving popular, the sessions have already received a large amount of interest from players and volunteers alike, with a number of people keen to take up the opportunity to take part.
SDASA wheelchair basketball training is open to anyone over the age of ten, and as one of the most inclusive of Paralympic sports, the game can be played by people who have a wide range of physical impairments. Basketball wheelchairs are available for attendees to play in, and the first session is absolutely free.
Wheelchair basketball is the first of a range of disability sports that the academy hopes to launch, with plans for sessions such as boccia and athletics in the pipeline. This multi-sport approach means that South Devon Adaptive Sports Academy is the only organisation of its sort in the Devon region.
The UK has seen a growing interest in disability sports, particularly since the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and on the back of another successful Paralympics for Team GB in Tokyo this summer the popularity has never been higher.
With this in mind, Torquay-born SDASA founder and coach Jordan Bright hopes that wheelchair basketball, and disability sport in general, will become an increasingly popular activity in the region: “My hope is that the academy will be able to provide sporting opportunities for as many disabled people in South Devon as possible.”
More information about South Devon Adaptive Sports Academy can be found online on www.southdevonasa.co.uk or through the Academies Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts under the handle ‘@SouthDevonASA’. Furthermore, founder Jordan Bright can be contacted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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