Changing lives through basketball. This campaign will increase the opportunity to play basketball for disadvantaged children living in Swindon. By joining the club, children will develop crucial life skills and build the confidence needed to succeed in school and live independently. The project will establish a vital system of outreach to ensure that children from low income families and disadvantaged communities can access this opportunity. It will also increase disability awareness in an engaging way by conducting wheelchair basketball sports sessions in local schools.
Donations to this campaign will go to the Swindon Shock Wheelchair Teams and the new Swindon Shock Junior Running Teams

What we will do -

In 2015 / 2016 we want to achieve the following:

  • Support the Div 2, Div 3 and u19 wheelchair teams team by providing hall time and a qualified GBWBA Level 2 Coach.
  • Support the Satellite Clubs at Commonweal School and New College by providing them with qualified coaches and sports wheelchairs.
  • Create ‘FUNdamentals’ recreational session for beginners and those with more profound disabilities.
  • Train up volunteer coaches for wheelchair basketball to improve the long term sustainability of the club. These will mainly be selected from the older club members helping them improve their leadership and coaches skills and giving them transferable skills for other opportunities.
  • Deliver wheelchair basketball sessions in schools in the region to increase disability awareness in an engaging way..

What the impact will be -

Through these activities, Shock intends to achieve the following:

  • The children involved will improve their health, confidence, and teamwork.
  • Many more disabled children are able to play sports and develop their social (and support) networks and are encouraged to remain at school.
  • The project will have a long term impact by linking in with network of professionals that can refer children to the clubs.
  • An increase in disability and disability sports awareness in the communities and schools involved.