Boost for wheelchair sports in the city
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Boost for wheelchair sports in the city


The provision for disability sport in Glasgow has had a huge boost this month with the arrival of specialist sports wheelchairs to Glasgow Club Kelvin Hall. 

Glasgow Sport, in partnership with Scotstoun Community Sports Hub, has invested £12,500 to purchase 10 RGK Club Sport configurable sports wheelchairs.  

The multi-sport chairs will be available for use by anyone wishing to try out a disability sport, but are also warmly welcomed by Glasgow’s Scottish Women Warriors Wheelchair Basketball Club who will use the chairs for addition training and competitions in Kelvin Hall. 

The Women Warriors was established in 2014 by Annemarie Monaghan and initially only had six players. In less than three years the club has gone from strength to strength and now has 32 members – both able-bodied and players with disabilities. 

Scotstoun Community Sports Hub, established in 2013, supports the club by increasing opportunities for disabled people to take part in sport, and provide pathways from programmes into clubs and competition. 

Training twice a week, the Women Warriors compete in the Wheelchair Basketball Masters, the Scottish Development League, and the National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball league. The women have also collaborated with Glasgow Fever Basketball Club to increase the provision of wheelchair basketball in the city. 

Glasgow Fever is a well-established club, driven by a strong volunteer structure, which currently provides a mainstream pathway for junior and senior players. This collaboration grows the opportunity for clubs to integrate and provides opportunities for able-bodied players to upskill and learn to play wheelchair basketball, creating an ongoing pathway for players should they be unable to play running basketball. In turn, the Women Warriors benefit from the vast coaching experience and knowledge within Glasgow Fever’s voluntary infrastructure. 

Annemarie Monaghan, founder of the Women Warriors Wheelchair Basketball Club, said: 

“Women Warriors is built on inclusion and this collaboration with the fantastic Glasgow Fever epitomises that. We are excited about it! It creates the opportunity for women with and without disabilities to play together and above all else for each to reach their own potential both on and off the court. 

“We're really chuffed to see the introduction of these new wheelchairs and hope this encourages more people to take up the sport. It's also great to know the equipment will be available for use by anyone in the city.”

Adrienne Hunter, chairperson of Glasgow Fever, said: 

“Glasgow Fever is a relatively young club that puts people at the heart of everything we do. We’re about basketball for all and thrive to ensure people develop on and off the court so we very much welcome this exciting venture.  

“Women Warriors is a phenomenally positive club and we share similar values so it was an easy decision to collaborate.”

Glasgow Club Kelvin Hall’s staff will be upskilled on the protocols of use for the new wheelchairs, allowing the team to ensure they’re kept in tip-top condition. 

Billy Garrett, Director of Sport and Events at Glasgow Life, said: 

“Our joint investment in these ten new multisport wheelchairs will bring huge benefits to the disability sport community, allowing more people access to wheelchair sports in their local area. 

“Glasgow Sport is a proud supporter of the Women Warriors Wheelchair Basketball Club, and they collected the Club of the Year accolade at our 2016 Sports Person of the Year Awards. We’re really happy to be able to continue our support by investing in these wheelchairs for both training and competition use.”

Caroline Johnston, from Scotstoun Community Sports Hub, said: 

“We are pleased to support Glasgow Life’s purchase of these sports wheelchairs as we aim to develop more opportunities for wheelchair users to access sports of their choice using equipment that is fit for purpose.”

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