Paralympic fun for youngsters

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STUDENTS at a Spilsby school have been given an unusual opportunity to experience basketball in the style of the Paralympic squad.

Wheelchair basketball sessions were launched at King Edward VI Humanities College last week for students from both the college and nearby Halton Holegate Primary School.

The after-school club for years seven, eight and nine will take place weekly and will run for the two terms leading up to the Olympics and Paralympics.

KEVI is offering a special programme in the run-up to London 2012 and hopes to educate and inspire students about all types of sport.

Tuition and specially modified equipment has been provided by Graham Birkett from Lincolnshire Sports.

Kate Walker, Olympic legacy coodinator at the college, said: “The students are really enjoying these unusual sports lessons and are excited about learning a new skill.

“It is especially interesting as the college will be attending the Paralympic Games in London this summer, so this first hand knowledge of a Paralympic event will make the experience even more informative and enjoyable.”

l Pictured with a coach are some of the youngsters who have been enjoying the sport.