Seven Hills pupils have a wheely good time with Leeds Spiders

Wheelchair basketball at Seven Hills School, Leah Richardson. (b611b249)
Wheelchair basketball at Seven Hills School, Leah Richardson. (b611b249)

PUPILS at Seven Hills Primary school were given the experience of a lifetime when they were visited by members of the Leeds Spiders wheelchair basketball team.

Coaches and players, including Harry Brown, wowed them with their skills, which include doing handstands in their specially designed and ultra-manoeuvrable wheelchairs, before letting the children in year five have a go for themselves.

The workshop was organised by PE coordinator Stuart Broadbent using sports funding available to schools to celebrate the Olympics and Paralympics.

He explained: “This is to promote our love for sport at Seven Hills as well as to support our newly achieved Steven Lawrence Award as well as promote our beliefs of equal opportunities and generally show that a great sports person does not have any set stereotype.”

He added: “The year five children loved using the wheelchairs which, I believe, can cost up to £1,000 each and, after Christmas, both year six classes will also get the same opportunities.”

The Leeds Spiders run four wheelchair basketball teams and a wheelchair rugby league team from their base at Morley Leisure Centre and run school workshops which have become hugely popular since the Paralympics.

They also have plans to start a wheelchair handball team in the new year.