HORIZON NEWS - 15.05.2017

New chairs have Hawks shooting hoops

Anglesey Hawks Wheelchair Basketball Club has received a donation for two new wheelchairs from Horizon Nuclear Power as part of its Charitable Donations Scheme.

Founded in 2014, the Anglesey Hawks play in the North Wales Wheelchair Basketball league and train at Holyhead Leisure Centre every week. Since founding, the club has enjoyed continued success as a league team and has big plans for the future.

As one of the UK’s only fully inclusive sports that allows able-bodied and disabled players to play and train together, the Club is keen to encourage more people to take part but needs to provide equipment to do so. Earlier this year, the volunteer-run club applied to Horizon for funding for two new wheelchairs suitable for able-bodied players and members with less-limiting disabilities to take part in the sport and help them develop their game.

Susan MacPherson, Club Chair Person at Anglesey Hawks, said: “The new chairs are brilliant. We really want to raise the profile of the game and the new chairs mean able-bodied players can take part in this fantastic game too.

“We have a thriving club here in Holyhead, so if you’re interested in joining up and taking part – come along and have a go.”

Graham Berry, coach at Anglesey Hawks, said: “We enjoyed considerable success recently in Holyhead and some of our players have gone on to represent Wheelchair Basketball North Wales Knights in the National League. We’ve also had a number of junior players selected for the junior Knights team as well, so we hope the new equipment will give us an even greater opportunity to develop the teams we have here – thank you to Horizon for the donation.”

Richard Foxhall, Stakeholder Relations Manager at Horizon, said: “We’re pleased to be able to help out the Anglesey Hawks. It can be hard for a volunteer-run sports team to get the equipment they need to be able to operate, especially where players use equipment that caters to a specific need. The Hawks offer a valuable service to both disabled and able-bodied people, letting them participate in a sport that’s not only inclusive, but means they can remain active in a fun and competitive environment. We’re looking forward to cheering them on in the future and wish them all the very best for the upcoming season.”

To find out more about the Anglesey Hawks, visit their website at www.angleseyhawks.com, Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. For anyone interested in getting involved with the Hawks, training is on Tuesday from 18.30 to 20.30 at Holyhead Leisure Centre.

For more information about Horizon’s Charitable Donations Scheme visit www.horizonnuclearpower.com/community-support.

Find out more about Horizon Nuclear Power and the proposals for Wylfa Newydd by visiting www.horizonnuclearpower.com, calling 0800 954 9516 or emailing wylfaenquiries@horizonnuclearpower.com.