The first game of the new TS5C Somerset Wheelchair Basketball League saw Glastonbury Gliders edge out Yeovil Lynx in a close and exciting game.
Twenty players from the two clubs were involved in total at Glastonbury Leisure Centre, with Gliders captain Joshua Heal collecting the Vale of Avalon Vintage Trophy on behalf of team-mates Alan Hallgate, Roland Crothers, Lauren Crowe and Lauren Hallgate.
Jen Slade from Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership oversees the coaching for both teams and presented the trophy.
“It’s been a brilliant competition and excellent to see so many people here for the launch of the league in Somerset,” she said.
“Wheelchair Basketball is a great sport. We’ve had four teams competing, disabled and non-disabled players playing together. It is inclusion at its best. I think we can see that the Paralympic legacy lives on in Somerset.”
Alan Gloak, chairman of Somerset sports charity TS5C, added: “We were delighted with the turnout for this first competition – both players and spectators.
“And this is just the beginning – over the next couple of years TS5C is hoping to start more clubs in Frome, Chard, Shepton Mallet, Minehead and Wells.
“With the specialist sports wheelchairs costing £700 each, it’s quite an investment, so we’d love to hear from any local business that would like to get involved.”
For more information about the charity, visit www.ts5c.org.