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MSR make sport more accessible to those with disabilities 10 August 2007

Manx Sport and Recreation (MSR) are hoping to make sport on the Isle of Man more accessible to those with disabilities.

A joint initiative by Isle of Man Badminton Association and MSR was set up to encourage more wheelchair users to take up the sport of Badminton. The first specialised session took place at NSC last week.

Two of MSR’s Badminton Coaches were on hand to give tips during the hour long session.

Dominic Hobdell, Badminton/Hockey Development Officer says:

‘This initiative was set up not just to provide somewhere for wheelchair users to play, but also as somewhere they can receive feedback and guidance by qualified badminton coaches. It is great to see some people picking up a racquet for the first time and improving in just one session. However, it is also about sustaining this with regular sessions to further improve their game and supporting them as far as they want to go.’

Dave Callaghan, Disability Sports Development Officer added:

‘We all hope that this initial session will act as a spring board to get more people who have additional needs to come forward and try Badminton, it’s a great sport that can be played at all levels.’

MSR hope to develop this concept further in the future with the introduction of more specialised sessions in other sports.

Dave Callaghan said:

‘Our aim is to make sport in general as accessible as possible to those with disabilities.’

Anyone having an additional need interested in playing Badminton should contact Dave Callaghan on 688559 or Dominic Hobdell on 651572.

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