South Coast Tigers father-son duo create new East Dorset wheelchair basketball team (From Bournemouth Echo)
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South Coast Tigers father-son duo create new East Dorset wheelchair basketball team
A BRAND new wheelchair basketball club has been launched in East Dorset by the father-son team behind the South Coast Tigers.
Michael Dronyk, who lives in Wimborne, started the club at Ferndown Leisure Centre after discovering the nearest facility was in Totton.
But although all members of the group will play in one of 26 specially-designed chairs, not everyone is required to be a regular wheelchair user.
Mr Dronyk, who works alongside son Luca, said: “We’ve got our funding together, and now we just need team members who want to come along and play.
“The aim is just to have fun – everyone is welcome to come along and take part. It’s not necessary at all to be in a wheelchair, but all members will play in one.”
The Canadian national has been coaching basketball for around 40 years.
But he began dreaming of running a wheelchair club following last year’s Paralympics.
The club has already received backing from East Dorset District Council and Sport England’s Sportivate scheme.
And although the project has only been rolled out in Ferndown so far, Mr Dronyk has plans for four clubs covering the county in total.
“We’re now looking at a club based at Bishop of Winchester Academy, which has been given funding by Bournemouth Borough Council, one in Wey Valley and one in the North Dorset District Council area,” he said.
“It’s a really great project and we hope it gets a lot of support and some new members.”
For more information, or to join, you can visit southcoasttigersbasketball.co.uk.
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