Four secondary schools from Ceredigion led the way in the Urdd National Inclusive Zone Basketball tournament. Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi, Aberaeron Comprehensive School, Penglais School and Penweddig Comprehensive School travelled to Cardiff to compete on Thursday, 5 December 2019.
Inclusive Zone Basketball is a mixture of running and wheelchair Basketball. The court is split into three zones, with two against two in wheelchairs playing in the middle zone, with one against one on both the outside zones. This sport allows children with a disability to play alongside children that don’t have a disability within the same game. Participants don’t need to have a lower limb disability to take part, or to be in a wheelchair. So, any child can take part in the sport.
Ceredigion schools played very well, with Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi finishing 4th overall, and Aberaeron Comprehensive School beating Penglais School in the final. Aberaeron Comprehensive School will now represent Wales in the next round, which is held in Nottingham.
Gemma Cutter, Disability Sports Officer for Wales said, “Ceredigion Actif staff have worked hard on the Inclusive Zone Basketball project over the past few years to make sure that there is an option for all pupils in Ceredigion. All the schools were fantastic and everyone really enjoyed the opportunity to take part in high quality competition – onwards now to represent Wales!”
In previous years, one school has represented Ceredigion. However, with the Urdd now running the competition for the first time, it was changed to an open competition. 32 children from Ceredigion took part in the tournament with about 60 children playing regularly in weekly school sessions.
Weekly sessions take place in the four schools as well as in Ysgol Bro Pedr, Lampeter which run every week.
Image: Aberaeron Comprehensive School winning the Urdd National Inclusive Zone Basketball tournament.