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Wheelchair basketball event raises over £1000 for Eastern Blue Stars Club

News ArticleWheelchair basketball event raises over £1000 for Eastern Blue Stars Club

Fundraising event generates record funds thanks to local support

The Eastern Blue Stars celebrated a huge boost to their club funds thanks to fantastic support at its annual Open Court fundraising event, held last Saturday (Saturday 18th June 2016) at Cambridge University Sports Centre. The only women’s wheelchair basketball team in East Anglia would like to thank all those who took part and dug deep to help them raise an estimated £1,150 after event expenses.

Six teams of friends, family and local supporters took part in the tournament, whether a wheelchair user or not, as the club showcased their sport to raise vital funds and boost participation in wheelchair basketball in the local area. ‘Team Randoms’ topped the tournament table after playing five ten minute games, and went on to play the Eastern Blue Stars 2016/17 squad for the final match of the day. The final result was; Eastern Blue Stars 16 – 4 Team Randoms.

Goals

The club has an annual fundraising goal of £2,000, and the money raised at this event will be used towards covering accommodation costs for players and carers for the team’s 2016/17 league matches. The Eastern Blue Stars compete in the British Wheelchair Basketball Women’s League and plays its league matches in Nottingham at the Wildcats Arena.

Emily Scrivener, Eastern Blue Stars team manager said “We’re ecstatic to have raised so much money for our club, it’s about £300 more than last year’s event which is fantastic! Unlike many other sports groups in our area, we don’t receive any funding, so we have to rely on our own fundraising efforts to make enough money to continue operating as a community sports club. Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported us on the day, and to all our volunteers who worked together to help us deliver a successful and enjoyable event for everyone.”

About wheelchair basketball

Wheelchair basketball is open to people with a wide range of impairments or disabilities, both life-long and acquired. People with leg amputations, cerebral palsy, spinal injuries, genetic physical conditions, cancer survivors, or simply those who cannot run anymore due to hip, knee or ankle problems; you do not have to use a wheelchair in your daily life to take part in wheelchair basketball.

For more information about playing wheelchair basketball and joining the Eastern Blue Stars please contact Emily Scrivener by email easternbluestars@riseup.net.

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EBS Team Photograph