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R.E.A.L Education students win regional wheelchair basketball crown

Our R.E.A.L. Leicestershire hub have been crowned East Midlands Inclusive Zone Basketball (IZB) champions.

Supported by British Wheelchair Basketball, Leicestershire and Rutland Sport and Sport England, R.E.A.L students have been participating in wheelchair basketball as part of an inclusive sports program since January. They worked hard on learning and developing their skills.

They got the opportunity to put their skills to the test at the regional finals, held this week at Nottingham Trent University.

Following a morning of training, the R.E.A.L team took on Castle Rock High School, of Coalville, in a two-game head-to-head play-off.

R.E.A.L got off to a flying start in game one, finishing as 6-0 winners.

Game two proved more tricky as Castle Rock got in to their stride, with the match tied at 2-2 going into the final few minutes. However, three points scored in quick succession saw R.E.A.L win the game 5-2.

The winning students each received a gold medal presented by Michaela Bell, a Team GB U25 European and World IZB champion.

The team will advance to the national IZB finals, at Worcester University Arena, in April.

Inclusive Zone Basketball is a four-a-side game developed to give players who cannot participate in a full game of basketball the opportunity to play game. The court is split into four zones, which enable players of similar abilities to be matched within each zone.

R.E.A.L Education director Steve Quinn said: “This was a fantastic experience for the students involved and we are all really proud of their achievements and are looking forward to the national finals next month.”

“IZB is a great way of enabling pupils to develop their skills, confidence and self-esteem through sport. It covers many of the strands of the National Curriculum for physical education and can also provide cross-curricular links with science, PSHE and Citizenship, literacy and numeracy.”