students get in a spin

A local sports team put college students through their paces, as they tried basketball with a twist for the first time.

Stoke Spitfires Wheelchair Basketball club hosted a session at Stoke on Trent College to help students get to grips with the fully-inclusive and elite Paralympic sport, which has both physically disabled and able bodied members.

The fun-packed three-hour session on Tuesday, May 12th, has been organised as part of the college’s Equality and Diversity programme, which aims to raise awareness and challenge misconceptions.

Sam Morrey, Student Liaison and Wider Activities Coordinator, said: “Throughout the academic year we offer our students as many opportunities as possible to help make their learner experience as fun and informative as possible.

“The students thoroughly enjoyed the session with Stoke Spitfires Wheelchair Basketball. It was something completely new for them to try and they are keen to learn more about the sport.”

Stoke Spitfires Wheelchair Basketball club are based at the Co-Operative Academy in Tunstall. This season the club entered both a junior under 19 squad and a Women’s Team. Next season it’s hoped to enter a National League Junior Team, Women’s a Team and Third Division Squad.

Anyone wishing to find out more about Stoke Spitfires Basketball team should contact Head Coach Andy Flower on 07986 070649, or email

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