New chair for Emmanuel

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A wheelchair basketball star has been given a huge boost in his career after he was given a new wheelchair.

Emmanuel Filson, who plays for Buckingham Aces, has been playing wheelchair basketball for over seven years, received the new wheelchair at the Lord’s Taverners Ouse Valley Christmas Lunch at Woburn Golf Club from the charity’s regional president, former British and Irish Lion, Budge Rodgers.

The Buckingham Aces youngster has a number of honours already to his name including winning the Superleague with the Aces in 2009, a silver medal at the Junior European Championships in 2012 and he also played in the 2012 Champions Cup, the highest club-level tournament in Europe.

Lord’s Taverners multi-sports wheelchairs are donated to young people with disabilities who are new to disability sport, with bespoke chairs available for more advanced players.

Clubs can also apply for up to five multi-sports starter chairs to enable even more youngsters to try new sports.

Paul Robin, chief executive of the Lord’s Taverners said it is vitally important that athletes like Emmanuel get access to top equipment.

He said: “The Lord’s Taverners believes that sport and recreation are essential for all young people, regardless of ability or background.

“It’s crucial that young people like Emmanuel have access to appropriate equipment so they can fully enjoy the benefits that sport can bring.”

The Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, will donate over £3 million this year to help give disadvantaged and disabled young people a ‘sporting chance’ in life.