SportsAble Forges Links with East Berks CCG

SportsAble attended the East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group AGM ( NHS) at Windsor Racecourse today with representation from Niall McCaffrey, Sports Manager, and Damian Ng, Sports Development Officer. 

The day provided the perfect opportunity to speak to professionals within the NHS with a view to identifying potential partnerships and referral programmes that will ultimately help people with disabilities to fulfill happier and healthier lifestyles, through the power of Disability Sports.

SportsAble already runs a successful wheelchair basketball session for amputee outpatients from Wexham Park Hospital Slough, and managed by the Frimley Health Foundation Trust, a project made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Santander Foundation.

Nicola Bobyk, Senior Occupational Therapist at Wexham Park Hospital, says: “We have found that the wheelchair basketball sessions really lift the mood of those involved and helped instil a sense of achievement and self-fulfilment, emotions many may not have experienced since their amputation.

“Thanks to the funds made available by The Santander Foundation, SportsAble can now finance transport, coaching and specialist equipment to enable our current and past patients to be guests of SportsAble and visit their facility in Maidenhead. Here they receive specialist sports coaching from the SportsAble Sports Development Team and have a chance to interact with other SportsAble members, creating a social as well as a physical experience. ”