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A GRASSROOTS sports club is hoping the addition of a wheelchair section will lead to an increase in membership, writes SAM BLACKLOCK.

Durham Phoenix Fencing Club, based in Hetton-le-Hole, have recently launched a wheelchair fencing section to attract disabled fencers into the sport.

The club have gone from strength to strength since launching 27 years ago.

Duncan Moyes, a wheelchair fencer and coach at Durham Phoenix said: "The main reason we have introduced wheelchair fencing is so we can reach a wider proportion of the disabled community who would like to try sport but who are unable to.

"Phoenix is in an ideal location between Durham Newcastle and Sunderland.

"Currently we have very few clubs who have the capacity to integrate wheelchair fencing - that is why we have started the sport here."

There are currently five international disabled fencing athletes and only 20 at training camps around the country run by British Disabled Fencing.

Moyes is delighted with the addition of wheelchair fencing at Durham Phoenix.

He added: "As a coach and also a wheelchair fencer it is great we have the opportunity to show our sport to those with disabilities and to those who would like to take up fencing.

"This sport is an inclusive sport - not just for the able-bodied but also for those with disabilities, including those with autism and ADHD and fencers with not just physical disabilities.

"This is a great way of giving something back to the community."

Durham Phoenix's aim is to attract more young children into fencing and moving the club's base to Hetton School is a key component of this.

Moyes went on: "Bringing wheelchair fencing to Phoenix fencing is an absolute must so we can reach those who would like to develop their fitness using sport and those who would like to compete in wheelchair fencing."

Sessions run every Thursday evening at Hetton School (7.00-9.00).

For more information go along to a session or e-mail Chris Morton (lead coach) at chris@shawsavill.co.uk.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 11, 2018
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