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New wheelchair for Derry basketball club thanks to Power NI

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Northern Ireland’s newest wheelchair basketball club, North West Wolves is the latest recipient of Power NI’s Brighter Communities funding programme.

Brighter Communities was launched in April and each month it awards a £1000 grant to a community group or club who are aiming to roll out a creative and impactful project to help improve the community they live in. North West Wolves was set up by wheelchair user Trevor Lucy with support from Disability Sport NI and provides fun, skills based learning and competition for juniors under 10 and adult players – both male and female.

Based at Foyle Arena in Derry~Londonderry, North West Wolves began off their weekly Thursday practice sessions in February and members have gone on to compete in competitions such as the National Lords Taverners Junior Championship and the 2018 Superhero series of paratriathlon. The newly formed group plan to use the Power NI Brighter Communities funding to purchase a new sports wheelchair which costs £1000. Since launching the club has expanded rapidly and needs more specialist wheelchairs to meet demand.

Congratulating North West Wolves on their award Stephen McCully, Power NI Managing Director said, “It’s wonderful to see so many people of all ages enjoying this fledgling wheelchair basketball club. As well as providing competitive action for members, the club also offers a space for everyone to meet and socialise. The club really has an amazing sense of community and I‘m sure will go forward from strength to strength. Wheelchair basketball is a very fast, skilful and exciting sport and helps improve a player’s mental and physical health and wellbeing.”

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