Choices club hosted at spinal injuries unit (Southport Hospital)

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Choices club hosted at spinal injuries unit

North West Regional Spinal Injuries Unit at Southport hospital will be one of six sites hosting Choices club which was set up by Greenbank Sports College in Liverpool with funding from Sport England.

Choices club is open to people of any disability over the age of 14 years old within the community and hospital inpatients to try new sports for up to 30-minutes at a time.

Sports on offer include table tennis, football, hockey, basketball, boccia, rugby league and handball. Two sessions cost £1.

Andrew, an inpatient at the North West Spinal Injuries Centre, said: “Words are hard to find that explain the freedom and enjoyment we feel when people come and volunteer their time to help us feel human again, taking part in all these different games.”

Helen Gillan, a therapy assistant at Southport hospital, said: “It’s fantastic seeing people having a go at sports they never thought would be possible to play. Everyone has such a good laugh and it is so rewarding seeing their development. Anyone who is interested really should come and give it a try.”

Once the club is established, mini inter-regional games between Choices sites will be organised.

A three-year funding package of £318,000 from Sport England will develop disability sports across Merseyside over the next three years.

The number of disabled people playing sport regularly is on the rise. In December 2013, Sport England’s Active People Survey, an annual, in-depth measure of the nation’s sporting habits, revealed that a record number of disabled people in England now play sport each week.

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Photos show people taking part in badminton and basketball

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