General Sports News

General Sports News

We will keep you up to date with all the important Sports News on this Page.


WheelPower is the national charity for wheelchair sport and is dedicated to providing opportunities for disabled people to participate in sport and lead healthy, active lives.

For current news and to find out what is happening in wheelchair sport please follow this link

Table Tennis and Boccia Coaching

Shaun Alvey is a qualified table tennis coach and has experience in coaching disabled athletes. He will be running table tennis sessions every Tuesday from 12 April for six weeks between 2 and 3pm in the Spinal Unit sports hall.

Matt Kendrick is a development officer at Boccia England and he has agreed to run Boccia sessions on the 9 May, 13 June, 11 July, 8 August, 5 September and the 3 October. All of these are Mondays  and will be between 1and 2pm in the Spinal Unit Sports hall

In addition to in-patients ex-patients are welcome to attend but please contact Kevin Plowman to confirm as we have limited space.

This is a great opportunity to experience top coaching in these sports for free

Activity Update November 2015

There is a rumour going around that under all the sports wheelchairs we have a sports hall! Phil the physio is doing a great job of stacking the Rugby wheelchairs with the 8 new Basketball chairs we have on loan from the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association.

As we now have bespoke basketball chairs it is a great opportunity for you to give this sport a go and join the newly formed Pinderfields Predators. Sessions are every Thursday at 6pm in the Spinal Unit sports hall.

Recently we have experienced two really different types of wheelchairs. The Boma all terrain wheelchair which is electric powered and climbs some serious hills and Mountain Trikes which are manually propelled by using levers. Patients were allowed to have a go and experience the uniqueness of these machines. In most cases these are not something patients would go out and buy now but it shows what is possible for the future. If you want to know more about these wheelchairs please get in touch and I can send you details.

I continue to run sports sessions every Wednesday with the upper limb cardio work out being the most well attended. It’s great to see patients getting stronger and fitter so they can maximise their rehabilitation programme. A special mention to Hazim the two Steve’s and Rob who really pound the circuit

Finally WheelPower have agreed to fund a Table Tennis coach to come into the unit every Monday for 12 weeks. In addition to this Boccia England are coming in once a month. Phil has also started running archery sessions on a Friday. It’s great to see sporting activities spread out over the week and help with the rehabilitation process.


WheelPower Physical Activity Advisor – Pinderfields


New Equipment

We are very pleased to have received ten new table tennis bats, a range of curling equipment and new boccia balls. These will help with our sporting and activity sessions on Wednesday’s. Many thanks to Kevan Baker (SPINE) and Pinderfields Disability Sports Association for donating the required funds.


Para Table Tennis European Championship.

Quadriplegic athlete, Rob Davies defends his Euro title and is odds on to make Rio. See how he did it and how the other Brits got on here


NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters.

The ITF’s season-ending championship for the world’s top singles players will be held on 2-6 December. For the second successive year the prestigious tournament will be staged at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, and the venue for the London 2012 Paralympic Tennis Event, hosted by the Tennis Foundation.

Three Brits have made the list, Gordon Reid, Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker. This is a fantastic achievement and we look forward to seeing them play in London. The full list of players can be seen here


GB Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Qualify for Rio de Janeiro Paralympics 2016

After the recent European Championships in Worcester our GB Men’s Team qualified for Rio next year. Read more at


GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Qualify for Rio 201 6 Paralympics

After the recent European Championships in Worcester our GB Women’s Team qualified for Rio next year. Plus the added bonus is that our very own Pinderfields ex-patient Sophie Carrigill is Captain of the Team. Read more at


GB Wheelchair Rugby Squad Qualify for Rio

After the recent European Championships in Finland the GB Wheelchair Rugby Squad have qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Read more at