It is extremely important that our research has an impact on the lives of children and young people. We therefore aim to create opportunities to integrated research into projects that promote participation in the home, school and wider community.
Creating opportunities to participate through Wheelchair Sport
Dr Mellissa Prunty and Dr Meriel Norris have launched a new wheelchair basketball club for children and adults with physical disabilities (Brunel Bulls). The club was developed is part of a funded Sport England project which aimed to increase participation and physical activity in children and young people in the West London area.
We run two separate sessions a week (one for children and one for adults) usually on a Thursday evening in our Sports Centre. The sessions are ran by a qualified coach with support from student volunteers from Occupational Therapy Physiotherapy and Sports Science.
As part of the wider project we offer outreach sessions to primary and secondary schools. We have a highly qualified coach who facilitates the introductory sessions which can take place either at your school or in our Sports Centre. Some schools have used this as part of their Physical Education programme.
Starting September 2019 we will expand opportunities in disability sport for children and adults in the local community in partnership with Hillingdon Child Development Centre at CNWL NHS Trust, Middlesex Tennis and Boccia England. We will be running sessions on wheelchair tennis, boccia and adaptvie physical activity.
If you are interested in playing please check our West London Wheelchair Basketball club Facebook page for up to date information about our session times as these may change.
Cycling Group for Children with Coordination Difficulties
Dr Mellissa Prunty and Dr Carolyn Dunford run a cycling group at Brunel University London in partnership with Hillingdon Child Development Centre at CNWL NHS Trust. The group is a highly structured one-week cycling intervention that can is delivered by an occupational therapists with help from occupational therapy and physiotherapy students. The intervention involves presenting bike riding in small steps and progressing at rates that appropriately challenge each child as an individual.
The group runs for five mornings over half-term and summer holidays for two hours a day in the Brunel Sports Centre. You can register your child for our cycling group through our ‘Get Involved’ page.