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Supporting the Leicester Cobras Wheelchair Basketball Club

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Published on Apr 5, 2012

Through our Healthy Communities Small Grants Programme, we are supporting the Leicester Cobras Wheelchair Basketball Club, the only wheelchair basketball club in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Helping people like Danny, 17. Born with the bones of his pelvis and legs fused, he always dreaded sports at school, unable to join in. He said: "Playing basketball has had a huge impact on me. It's helped my confidence no end and given me a chance to be good at a sport -- something I thought I could never be. Most of my closest friends have been made at the Cobras, that's something else it's given me."

For 17 year old George, the club has been a lifeline. He said, "The Cobras sort of saved me -- it's given me the confidence back that I never had when I was so low."

Funding of £10,000 has been awarded to the Leicester Cobras. The grant will be used to enable the charity to run a wheelchair basketball 'road show', across schools and colleges, aimed at encouraging take up of the sport, increased fitness and reduced isolation for local disabled youngsters in particular. The Leicester Cobras are the only wheelchair basketball club in Leicestershire & Rutland. Formed by a group of disabled friends wishing to play wheelchair basketball, they are now a fully inclusive sports club. Membership is open to anyone above the age of 12 - male or female, whether they have a disability or not.

The Leicester Cobras Wheelchair Basketball Club aims to: Include local communities in the long-term development of wheelchair basketball sessions within schools and colleges; Develop future wheelchair basketball players from within the community development sessions -- increasing participation in active sport by disabled and non-disabled young people; Create awareness of volunteering opportunities within the world of active sport and active disability sports; and encourage increased levels of volunteering from within the various local communities to enable the running of integrated active sports sessions within these communities.

This money was raised by local society lottery HealthBelief -- a Community Interest Company that operates for the benefit of Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland -- and players of The Health Lottery.

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