Leicester Cobras showcase their social skills and basketball skills

18 November 2013

“I’d say that the Cobra’s sort of saved me because they gave me the confidence back that I never had when I was so low.”

When George was 12 he slipped playing football. He thought he’d never play sport again. George’s physiotherapist knew how important sport was to him, so she gave him a leaflet to go along to the Leicester Cobras - the only wheelchair basketball club in Rutland and Leicestershire. Formed in 1992 by a group of disabled friends, they welcome both disabled and non-disabled players age 12 and up to join training, with the potential of competing in the National League of Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association. “I went down, had a go, loved it and just got a massive confidence boost; it was a sport I could play.”

People’s Health Trust funding enabled the club to run a wheelchair basketball 'roadshow' across schools and colleges, reducing isolation for local disabled young people in particular and boosting confidence for disabled and able bodied youngsters to take up the sport. George is now one of the Cobra’s top players in the 1st team and was selected to represent UK for the World Championships Under 23 GB squad. He continues to help with the coaching and development of more junior players. A future star of the sport, George’s main ambition is to go to Rio and represent Great Britain in the Paralympic Games 2016.

“The funding has given the club an opportunity to showcase and promote ourselves to lots of disabled young people in Leicester who haven’t had the chance to get involved in sport previously.” Ian, Chairman, Leicester Cobras Wheelchair Basketball Club

 

 

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