We have been running a coach bursary scheme for five years. Each year we allocate a bursary to people wanting to gain an appropriate qualification which will help them to improve the quality of coaching delivery to participants.
In 2017 we made three bursary awards to support three individuals to attain a Level 2 Wheelchair Basketball qualification.
The aim of the coach bursary is to allow individuals to equip themselves with qualifications that will give them the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver high quality coaching.
Three coaches linked to the Percy Hedley foundation successfully applied for a bursary to complete the Level 2 wheelchair basketball. The purpose was to increase the capacity in the area for delivering wheelchair basketball sessions.
Having completed their qualifications, the coaches are now running the North East Warriors Wheelchair Basketball club. Players have subsequently been recruited to the club which has set up a new team in the national league. The coaches have also worked together to access funding to keep the club running.
“Since my accident seven years ago, I was looking for available sports to do just to get out of the house and ensure I was not excluded from a social life. Since then I have been playing for about four years. I wanted to pass on my positive experiences to others and felt I could do this through coaching and helping to set up the team. A level 2 means I can now have coaching input in our team and work alongside the head coach to develop the club and the players. It also means that I have better knowledge of the sport and have greater understanding on specific tactics and techniques, developing my personal skills and my own confidence.” - Coach Bursary recipient