It was an absolute pleasure to be back at Hopping Hill Primary School for the second time this year, for another fantastic Robert Elliott Trust Gold Wheelchair Basketball Programme with Jordan Jarrett Bryan and The Wheelchair Basketball Experience.
It was another perfect day of activity for the students at Hopping Hill Primary School, who would have the opportunity to play wheelchair basketball, because of the kind donation from the Robert Elliott Trust.
The programme was created in memory of Robert Elliott who suffered from Muscular Dystrophy and died in 2016 at the young age of 24. As an avid sports fan the Mintridge Foundation team and Robert’s family felt that this would be the greatest way to keep his memory alive in the most positive way!
Jordan introduced the day with an inspirational presentation, all about his sporting journey and current role as a Channel 4 sports presenter and journalist. It was an excellent opportunity for the students to hear the discipline and level of resilience needed to compete at the highest level and what it’s like to interview the best of the best.
With the help of our experts, The Wheelchair Basketball Experience, the students started their morning of activities. As the students began to get familiar to the wheelchairs, they began to play some fun game related activities to try and beat their classmates. The competition was getting tougher and tougher, as the class got better at manoeuvring the wheelchairs and shooting some hoops.
As the pupils were finishing their sessions, they had the chance to take photographs with Jordan and our fun Mintridge photo props and Twitter frame. Every student also walked away with a signed autograph card from Jordan as a memento of their fun day of wheelchair basketball! Jordan also awarded certificates, medals and keyrings to selected students in the group who had shown resilience or worked extremely well within their team in the sessions.
Before it was time for Team Mintridge to leave, Jordan led a short Q&A session with some of the students and gave them a flavour of what it’s like to work with elite athletes and what it was like competing at the top level in wheelchair basketball. Some of the best questions in the session were;
When did you have your first wheelchair basketball match?
Who is your inspiration?
What did you want to be when you were younger?
What basketball team do you support?
How many prosthetic legs have you had?
How old were you when you started watching basketball?
At the end of our morning at Hopping Hill Primary School, Jordan got to meet his new mentee. It was a perfect opportunity for them to learn a bit about each other and look forward to their mentoring Programme. We can’t wait to follow Jordan’s mentee over the next six months of mentoring.
If you would like to see the photos and video from our day, please contact the staff at Hopping Hill Primary School.
Thank you again Hopping Hill Primary School for another fantastic Programme and to The Wheelchair Basketball experience for joining us on the day.
We look forward to working with you again soon!