Scouts try out wheelchair basketball

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CUB Scouts tried a new sport to achieve their disability awareness badge.

Youngsters from the 70th Drayton Scouts took on the challenge of wheelchair basketball.

The Cubs, aged eight to 10, first had to warm up and adapt to playing sport in a wheelchair, before taking part in a match.

Nine-year-old Rebecca Edwards said: ‘I was a bit nervous at first, but it was fun learning how to play games in a wheelchair.

‘I’ve never done anything like this before and neither have my friends.’

The match took place at Portchester Community School during the Easter holidays where the children first stretched their muscles, learnt how to use a wheelchair and played an altered version of scarecrow tag.

Parent Adele Row said: ‘Being a parent of a child who is disabled, it’s fantastic to see how he can still have fun and enjoy taking part with the Scouts. He has grown in confidence, made loads of friends and he is learning new things.’

For more information on Portsmouth Scouts visit portsmouthscouts.org.uk