Learn to Wheel

A 3-hour wheelchair basketball program delivered by Easter Seals Nova Scotia in partnership with Parasport Nova Scotia, Basketball Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality Recreation Program.

This program will fill a gap in inclusive sports for youth in our community. The program will be held in the new St Andrew’s Centre, which is slated to open in the fall of 2020, with HRM providing the space and storage for approximately 12 sport wheelchairs in different sizes.

Learn to Wheel is a unique, non-competitive, fun-focused recreation program for children and youth with disabilities or an interest in Parasport. The 1 hour program will focus on building fundamental movement skills related to sport involvement, such as: propelling, stopping, turning, throwing, catching, hand-eye coordination, improving physical strength and much more. Participation in this program will provide individuals with an opportunity to build the basics necessary to move forward and develop more sport-specific skills. The weekly program is open to all ability and skill levels and will use a combination of games and skill building exercises to keep each session fun and exciting!

Additional details on the program objectives include:

  • Participation – Provide opportunities for youth ages 5-12 across the Halifax Regional Municipality to play basketball.
  • Education – NCCP FUNdamentals Coach Workshop and full basketball curriculum with supporting resources.
  • Development – Develop young athletes in alignment with the Sport Canada LTAD Model and stage-appropriate drills and games.
  • Progression – Entry to the Canada Basketball development pathway, encouraging athletes to pursue high performance opportunity.
  • Character Building – Help athletes maximize their potential, using basketball as a vehicle to develop character and life skills.

This active partnership between 4 organizations committed to providing inclusive sport completely out of their current operational capacity is extraordinary. ESNS is committed to this partnership to ensure the sustainability of what we predict will become a vital community resource for kids and youth living with disabilities.