Hackney children enjoy wheelchair basketball with sporting stars

Lucky pupils from Tyssen Primary School had the chance to shoot hoops with the best when they were joined by a Paralympic medallist and a Hackney Sparrows player for an afternoon of wheelchair basketball.

The 30 children were coached and given top tips by GB Paralympian Andy Blake, who won a bronze medal in Beijing this summer, and Chair of the Hackney Sparrows wheelchair basketball club, Amir Laksari.

The matches at SPACe, Hackney Community College, were organised by Hackney Council’s 2012 Games Unit in partnership with management consultants from Bain & Company.

Fiona Fletcher-Smith, Hackney Council’s Corporate Director for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration, said: “This was a great opportunity for our young residents to learn more about a Paralympic team game, and to use Hackney’s status as a host borough for the 2012 Games to inspire them to become more active and enjoy new sports.”

Anyone who would like to play wheelchair basketball should contact Amir Laksari, Hackney Sparrows, on 020 8889 7722 or