Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man wheelchair sports club to be launched

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Image caption Island research has shown a gap in the provision of sport for wheelchair users

A wheelchair rugby and basketball club for adults and children is to be launched in the Isle of Man.

The enterprise has received funding both from the government and local organisation, the Wooden Spoon charity.

The club will provide weekly training sessions between November 2011 and March 2012.

Disability sports development officer Zoe Carney said the facility would help people to keep healthy while building confidence and self-esteem.

She added: "Not only does wheelchair sport offer a great rehabilitation from injury or illness, it also provides everyone with an opportunity to participate at a level they wish."

The newly formed club now has 12 adult and six junior sport-specific wheelchairs.

A government spokesman said wheelchair sports could help those who suffer a wide range of disabilities to participate in sport, including paraplegics, amputees, as well as people suffering from spina bifida, brittle bones, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.

More information is available from the Manx sport and recreation department.

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