On Saturday 11th January, Tracey joined the Maidstone Rebels Wheelchair Basketball Club at their first home match of the year against Leicester.
Founded in 2007, the Maidstone Rebels is Kent’s only national league side wheelchair basketball club. The team play at national level after being promoted to the second division, southern section, of the National Wheelchair Basketball League.
The club train on a weekly basis at Aylesford Sports School, where their home games are also played. The club also supports a weekly beginners/junior session in collaboration with Medway Council at Medway Park Leisure Centre, Gillingham,
The team currently consists of eight adult and three junior players and are welcoming more people around Kent to join their team. The club is primarily for wheelchair users with good upper body mobility and coordination; however, able bodied, non-disabled players are also very welcome. There is a broad mix of players of all abilities and levels of experience (players include 1st division veterans together with rookies). Male and female players can play together and therefore the team would encourage anyone with a passion for, and interest in, wheelchair basketball to get involved by contacting them. Alternatively, the club also welcome people to come down to their Saturday training and join in.
Tracey joined the team at Aylesford Sports School for the home match against Leicester, where the Maidstone Rebels won 57-34.
In light of the visit, Tracey said:
“It was fantastic to join the Maidstone Rebels at their home match this Saturday. As Kent’s only wheelchair basketball team, the club represents a unique opportunity for disabled people living in the county to take part in sport to a competitive level. It is also great to see national level disability sport played here in Aylesford and I am keen to support the club in any way I possibly can. I would therefore encourage anybody who feels they would like to join the team or could help with sponsorship funding to either contact me or the club directly.”
More information about the club and how to contact them can be found here.