Team Mintridge had another fantastic Programme in store for Northampton International Academy, as we visited them again for our second Programme this year. We were delighted to be joined by Jordan Jarrett Bryan and The Wheelchair Basketball Experience, who delivered another brilliant Gold Wheelchair Basketball Programme at NIA!
It was certainly another exciting Mintridge Programme for the students at NIA, 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 started the afternoon at NIA with an inspirational presentation, all about his sporting journey and current role as a Channel 4 sports presenter and journalist. This presentation highlighted to the students some of the challenges that Jordan and fellow competitors have faced within their sporting career. It was also great for the students to gain a greater understanding of the amount of discipline it takes 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 the wheelchair basketball activities quickly and the students began to get familiar with the wheelchairs, as Jordan encouraged them to move up and down the sports hall. To add in a little excitement, Jordan and Gordan introduced some fun competitions and put the students under pressure shooting some hoops, before the other team scored as many points as they could in the wheelchair cricket style activity. It wasn’t long before the boys got stuck into a game of wheelchair basketball and began to understand the complexities of the game.
As the pupils were finishing their sessions, they had the chance to ask Jordan any questions they had and 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 afternoon of wheelchair basketball!
Before it was time for Team Mintridge to leave, Jordan led a short Q&A session and gave the students an idea 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;
What made you get into basketball?
Could you still play running basketball when you were younger?
Do you still play wheelchair basketball?
Who is the coolest person you have interviewed?
Who is the most famous person you have interviewed?
At the end of our afternoon at Northampton International Academy, Jordan got to meet his new mentee who he will be mentoring for the next six months! We can’t wait to follow his progress throughout his mentoring Programme.
If you would like to see the photos from our afternoon, please contact the staff at Northampton International Academy.
You can watch the video from our afternoon at our YouTube channel, via this link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3P3NiR-lZw
Thank you again Northampton International Academy 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!