On Friday 28th March after school, Director of Sixth Form, Stuart Newton held a charity wheelchair basketball tournament to raise money for his club ‘Essex Outlaws’, a staff team including members from ‘Essex Outlaws’ and sixth form student teams took part in matches, cheered on by an enthusiastic audience!
Mr Newton was inspired by the London 2012 Olympics to take up the sport himself, the ‘Essex Outlaws’ currently sit at the top of Division 1 in the South, the club gave up their time to come along and kindly brought all the wheelchairs for the event.
“Sunday league rugby and football is old news… wheelchair basketball is where it is happening. I thoroughly loved the game and it was great seeing everyone taking part. I have the upmost admiration for sportsmen in wheelchairs, I had no idea the strength, co-ordination and skill that was needed. The big question is, when is Mr Newton going organize the next one?” Tristan Barry
“Great fun! The chairs were surprisingly easy to manoeuvre and the speed of the game made it more exciting. Doing something like that made me realise that funding for disabled is very important because there isn’t enough opportunities and provision for it and more funding would encourage more people, especially young people, to take part and increase their esteem.” Tom Ladlow
“It was genuinely one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It was just such a eye-opening experience where I used to take little interest of disability sports but afterwards, it has really caught my eye and has shown me the incredible skill and effort that is required to play. It is a sport I would love to take up and participate in it in the future.” Michael Bond