Walking basketball tips off at Hengrove Leisure Centre

Walking basketball has launched in Bristol to become the newest arm of Bristol Sport Foundation’s walking sport offer.

With indoor sessions running weekly at Hengrove Leisure Centre every Friday from 11am-12pm - delivered by Bristol Flyers coaches and players - walking basketball is aimed at over 55’s, but is fully accessible to participants of any age or ability interested in getting back into playing, or indeed shooting hoops for the very first time.

Flyers community development officer, Jenny Lewis welcomed the newest community provision offered by the professional team:

“We are very excited to launch the new Walking Basketball sessions at Hengrove Leisure Centre,” she said.

“The sessions are a fantastic opportunity to come along, try something new, develop and improve, but most importantly, to have fun regardless of previous experience.”

Alongside football, rugby, netball and badminton, sessions are delivered by qualified coaches, with the Hengrove sessions free throughout January.

Bristol Sport Foundation’s walking sport lead, Kris Tavender added: “Basketball is such a fantastic sensory sport, with so much to be gained from simple seated exercises for those carrying long-term injuries or disabilities, through to full games - albeit at walking pace.

“Partnerships with facilities such as Parkwood’s Hengrove site are so key. Their excellent cafe area is perfect, as the social tea and coffee afterwards is as important as the court time.”

For further information on walking basketball sessions, contact Jenny Lewis (jenny.lewis@bristol-sport.co.uk).