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By dosportuk, Jul 16 2018 10:56AM

Sunday saw our players from Glossop Town Gladiators, Chesterfield Sabres, and Derby Warriors come together for another action packed day of basketball! The three clubs, run through DOSportUK, affiliate to Special Olympics Derbyshire and the network is proud to boast a wealth of basketball talent.

For our training events SO Derbyshire players are split into three groups for a morning of training, in preparation of welcoming basketball players from Sheffield to compete in the afternoon. The morning saw each of the three groups take part in coaching sessions lead by the Derbyshire coaching staff and volunteers and a session based around the Special Olympics Fit 5 programme.

Fit5 is a fitness resource that provides tips and information for athletes, parents, coaches, partners and other supporters to lead a healthy lifestyle through physical activity, nutrition, and hydration. The session was lead by Special Olympics Athlete leaders Kiera Byland and Niall Guite. Our Derbyshire players really enjoyed the session and hopefully took home some lessons around a healthy lifestyle! Many thanks to Kiera and Niall for taking the time in working with our basketball players!

Our training this time around was based around fundamental basketball skills, enjoyment, and sessions around attacking and defensive work. We were able to showcase what we had learnt in a full afternoon of competition against a groups of Special Olympics Basketball players from Sheffield. Thanks to all up in Sheffield who made the short journey and we look forward to hosting you again!

Special Olympics Derbyshire will be hosting the next training event on Sunday July 1st and are excited to be welcoming Toby Perkins the MP for Chesterfield down to meet the players.

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By dosportuk, Jul 16 2018 10:43AM

On Saturday 2nd December DOSportUK hosted their first ever Learning Disability Event in partnership with Special Olympics GB. The event was supported by sports flooring experts Dynamik Sport Floors, and saw over 70 players with a learning disability take part. We cannot thank Dynamik enough for their support of the event. Dynamik are fully behind the development of learning disability basketball in the UK and continue to be a great asset to the sport.

Unlike traditional competitions and events, player here were placed into completely new teams based on player rating forms and team divisions made to ensure each player competes at the right level. Each team had a minimum of 2 competitive fixtures and took part in skill challenges throughout the day.

Players were also treated to a 30 minute coaching session by players and coaches of the three big basketball clubs in Manchester. We had Manchester Magic, Manchester Giants, and Manchester Mystics all in attendance showing their support for learning disability basketball. A huge thank you to all three clubs who we hope to work closely with in the future.

Overall the event was a huge success and we are already excited to start planning for next 2018 event! Here are a few quotes from the day.

Sam Jackson a player from Glossop Town Gladiators: “I really enjoyed the event, it was fantastic. I really liked the training with the Manchester Magic coaches”

Colin Dunlop a volunteer coach at Chesterfield Sabres: “It was absolutely amazing to coach some of our Chesterfield players today. It was great to see the players playing in a competition environment outside of training and see all of the effort and enjoyment from all players”

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