As #movewithKIND draws to a close, some of our favourite moments have involved people (including the KIND team itself) trying out new sports that may not always be the most common when people think of movement. Wheelchair Basketball is the most played disability sport in the world with over 100,000 people playing it yearly from elite national team players at the Paralympics all the way through to juniors trying it out for the first time. With a lot of similar rules to the running game, it is incredibly fast paced, physical, and truly exciting to watch and play.
Who are the London Titans? London Titans are a wheelchair basketball club based in London and is the largest and most successful southern England club (they are an amalgamation of both the Hounslow Hurricanes who were founded in 1988 and the Raiders who were formed in 1998 respectively). They run 6 teams across 3 London venues including Women’s and Junior teams with players who have represented the country at the Paralympic games in last year, as well as years prior! As part of #movewithKIND, some of the KIND team went along to a training session with the Titans in Stanmore in north London. The session (expertly conducted by Matt Sealy – one of the Titans key premier division players) included getting the team used to moving about the court in wheelchairs, basic skills like dribbling, passing and shooting as well as some brilliant competitive drills where the team could test out their new skills. Although the team took some time to figure out how to move in the chairs, the skills were quickly learnt through Matt’s simple but effective techniques, and we were flying up and down the court in no time! All in all, the session was brilliant and the truly encompassed everything that #movewithKIND was about; trying something new to get moving, no matter what your physical ability or skill-level.
How To Get Involved The London Titans function as a charity and you can find donation and sponsorship opportunities at their website HERE as well as opportunities to try the sport via development, performance and other training sessions. We’d also encourage you to get down to support them at one of their upcoming fixtures found HERE.