The Sussex Bears Wheelchair Basketball team has gone from strength to strength since launching in 2017. We’re immensely proud to be able to say that East Brighton Trust was the first funder to support the group when they were first getting off the ground and since then the Sussex Bears have gone from strength to strength. Founder Ricky Perrin recently got in touch via Sussex Community Foundation to say thank you for being there at the start of their story.
As well as being the only wheelchair basketball team in Sussex currently competing in the national basketball league, the team is committed to developing future talent and supporting the local community. They deliver a varied programme of outreach – building a pathway to rolling sports for people who’ve been injured or newly diagnosed with a chronic illness, delivering social prescribing across the city, delivering training sessions for local networking events and developing a Wheelchair Basketball academy at BACA in Moulsecoomb.
The team is now competing at the highest level for a local team in 10 years and this short film offers a superb insight into the importance of wheelchair sports: