Charity wheelchair basketball tournament to fund Team GB stars of tomorrow

Charity Path to Success are staging a Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at the iconic Copper Box Arena on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Tuesday 16th May to raise funds for UK disability sport and pave the way to Tokyo 2020 for the Wheelchair Basketball stars of tomorrow.

All proceeds from the tournament will go to towards buying specially modified sports wheelchairs, court hire, match fees, transport and coaching for the London Titans Wheelchair Basketball Club, which has produced more than 50 Team GB players in its history but receives no central sports funding.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who won an incredible eleven gold medals in a glittering Paralympic career, is supporting the event, which hopes to inspire the next generation of Team GB Paralympic stars.

Despite the fantastic exposure enjoyed by disabled sports in the aftermath of the 2012 London Paralympics, issues of funding are threatening to halt wider progress for disabled sport. This has been epitomised in recent weeks by the news that funding for Wheelchair Rugby has been cut – despite the sport enjoying a growing reputation and increased participation in recent years.

London Titans face the same challenges. The club is reliant on charitable contributions to keep it running, despite their illustrious alumni including media personality and ex-Team GB Paralympian Ade Adepitan MBE, who is supporting the tournament.

Corporate teams are being invited to take part in the tournament on Tuesday May 16th 2017 at the Copper Box Arena. This will be an opportunity to take part in a unique team-building challenge while supporting an incredibly worthy cause.

To take part, each team is being asked for a minimum donation of £5,000. Path to Success is looking for teams of a minimum of six to eight players to take to the court and pit their skills against Team GB Paralympians at the Copper Box Arena as they strive to be crowned the Wheelchair Basketball Corporate Champions.

Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced and physically demanding sport and it will be a fantastic opportunity for participants, able-bodied or disabled, to improve their communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

Participating teams will receive expert coaching from Ade Adepitan and Team GB bronze medallist in Rio, Gaz Choudhry, as well as current players including: Matt Sealy, Fi Tilman and Christy Gregan. Current players will also be taking to the court to show off their skills.

Ex-Team GB Paralympian Ade Adepitan said:

Events like this are so important to get people playing wheelchair sport, regardless of whether they are disabled or able-bodied. The sport itself is fast-paced and demands determination, stamina, and communication, which makes teamwork essential for everyone who plays.

The money raised from the day really will be invaluable to disabled people of all ages, but especially to younger London Titans players. Getting your first chair makes you feel like you can do things you’ve never done before, and if this tournament can raise the money to give some youngsters that feeling, it will have been more than worthwhile.

If we can keep promoting disabled sport through tournaments like this, we can continue to inspire the next generation of British Paralympic stars.’

To enter the tournament, contact Nasim Malhotra: Nasim.malhotra@pathtosuccess.org.uk

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