Paralympian backs new hub club for his sport

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Derbyshire Paralympian Jonathan Hall is calling for more people in the county to try out wheelchair basketball.

A new community session in Sandiacre is helping to increase the number of places where people can take up the sport.

The Erewash Hub Club is open to all ages and abilities — wheelchair user or not. It takes place on Tuesdays, from 8.30pm to 9.30pm, at Sandiacre Friesland Sport Centre.

County Sports Partnership Derbyshire Sport has developed the sessions through its Sporting Chances, Sporting Choices project, funded by Sport England.

It aims aims to get more people with a disability in Derbyshire playing sport and being physically active.

Already more than 2,000 people have taken part in wheelchair basketball as part of the project, but coordinators now want to see people taking part at the community sessions on a regular basis.

“The session in Sandiacre will help massively for anyone not able to travel to others,” said Hall, who played for Team GB at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympics.

“If there had been a club closer to me when I was growing up, it would have helped to get me playing earlier and made my family’s life easier.”

“Playing wheelchair basketball helped to change my life. I would love to find the next sporting star at these sessions.”

There are also sessions in Chesterfield, Heanor and Derby. For more information contact sport development officer at Derbyshire Sport, Rachael Dyer Rachael Dyer via Rachael.dyer@derbyshire.gov.uk or 07807 089845, or visit www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/wcb-hubs