Why Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club
Dundee Dragons Wheelchair Sports Club has gone from strength to strength in the six years after our formation as a Wheelchair Rugby League Club winning many awards for the club and participants during 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
The club has received support from many quarters since 2013 and this has been invaluable and has ensured that we have seen the club further grow and expand the provision of the clubs core sports into Rugby League, Basketball, Tennis, Badminton and Curling. In addition, the club has provided opportunity for children and adults with disabilities in Archery, Golf and Para Skiing.
The club has been very successful in providing players for international recognition but is more than simply being about the pursuit of honours.
The club now provides 9 hours a week of activities for children and adults with disabilities and has seen a growth in the membership of athletes with a disability, from 20 to 40 and taking club membership from 50 to over 60.
We believe that sport can be very powerful in life and many members have moved their lives forward to where they now feel confident about actively seeking work, or have proceeded into further education to study sport, social care and teaching, something they thought they would never achieve.
Parents also regularly provide feedback to club officials about improvements to their children’s behaviour at home and at school and the young people value the hopefulness that participating in sport with the club is providing for them, in spite of still being regularly excluded from many mainstream activities.
We know that many of the participants would come to sessions every night if they were available as they view the club as vital, not just from a sporting perspective, but for the opportunity to improve their physical health, improve their social skills by interacting with children, young people and adults, many of whom share similar life experiences and improve their mental health through all of these experiences within the club.