Sussex Bears was formed in 2012, and the wheelchair team join the Bears in 2017. Manager Ricky Perrin, coaches Pete Bull, Craig Wilson and team captain Pauline Bull met with the Sussex Bears as they had always wanted to make inclusion and community at the forefront of everything they had been doing since 2012, so to have a wheel chair basketball team would fit perfectly.
On The Court
The wheelchair basketball team saw their first season in September 2017, and since then have seen the club go from strength to strength. Year 1 saw the first team finish top of division 3 South, and the following season the second team finished top of division 4.
The team are playing in 3 leagues, and see between 20 and 30 people travel to the weekly training held at the home court of the Sir Robert Woodard Academy.
The first team is currently 2nd in the league with a game in hand!
In the Community
Described as "one of the best outreach programs in the country" by British wheelchair basketball, the team have taken wheelchair basketball to the masses.
The team currently links up with many schools, universities and local community groups, and also works with the NHS and CCG to try and highly the benefits of playing wheelchair basketball.
The sport has shown to have a hugely positive impact on those that have a disability, in giving them a competitive spirit and the strength to live independently.