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Awards for All Grant Success - All dates now released!

Sheffield Steelers are delighted that our application for an Awards for All Grant has been successful.

The Grant will be used to offer weekly training sessions open to all and 6 holiday camps in the Spring Summer, Autumn and Christmas holidays.

Holiday Camps will take place at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield (EISS) on:

Wednesday 1st June 9am to 12 noon and 2pm to 5pm

Monday 8th August 9am to 12 noon and 1pm to 5pm

Monday 24th October 9am to 12 noon and 2pm to 5pm

Wednesday 28th December to Friday 30th December. Winter Camp 9am to 12 noon and 2pm to 5pm each day.

Weekly sessions will take place on Saturday afternoons at various venues around Sheffield: English Institute of Sport (EIS), Springs Academy and the Sports Hall at Northern General Hospital's Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Unit (NGH) starting on Saturday 16th April at the EIS.

Please see below for the full schedule of dates, times and venue addresses for the rest of 2016, dates for 2017 will be available in due course. All sessions will be led by fully qualified and experienced Steelers coaches.

The weekly sessions will be free to members of the Steelers and £3 per session for non members. All welcome.

For more details contact Maurice Hammerton, Kev Hayes or Steve Ryan.

 

April 2016

16th: 12-2pm EIS

23rd: 12-2pm Springs Academy

30th: 12-2pm Springs Academy

 

May

7th: 12-2pm Springs Academy

14th: 12-2pm Springs Academy

21st: 10am – 12 noon NGH

28th: 12-2pm Springs Academy  

June

11th: 12-2pm EIS

18th: 12-2pm EIS

25th: 12-2pm EIS

 

July

2nd: 12-2pm EIS

9th: 12-2pm Springs Academy

16th: 12-2pm Springs Academy

23rd: 12-2pm EIS

30th: 12-2pm EIS

 

August

6th: 1-3pm EIS

13th: 1-3pm EIS

20th: 1-3pm EIS

27th: 12-2pm Springs Academy

 

September

3rd: 12-2pm EIS

10th: 12-2pm EIS

17th: 12-2pm EIS

24th: 12-2pm EIS

 

October

1st: 12-2pm EIS

8th: 12-2pm EIS

15th: 12-2pm Springs Academy

22nd: 12-2pm EIS

29th: 12-2pm EIS

 

November

5th: 12-2 EIS

12th: NGH

19th: NGH

26th: 12-2pm EIS

 

December:

3rd: 12-2pm Springs Academy

10th: 12-2pm Springs Academy

17th: 12-2pm Springs Academy

 

Further dates will be added in due course.

 

Venues:

English Institute of Sport (EIS)

Coleridge Road

Sheffield

S9 5DA

 

Springs Academy

Hurlfield Road

Sheffield

S12 2SF

 

Northern General Hospital (NGH)

Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Unit

Barnsley Road

Sheffield

S5 7AU

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Steelers' Awards Evening 2016

Friday night, 10th June 2016, saw the Sheffield Steelers' Annual Presentation night, hosted again at the Rotherham Holiday Inn. The night was compared by the inimitable Kev Hayes, and as well as a buffet and disco, further entertainment was provided by Deborah Bonner!

The awards were presented to the following people:
U15's Player's Player of the Year: Jarad
U15's Coach's Player of the Year: Matt Wilson and Georgina Waft
U19's Player's Player of the Year: Dagan Roberts
U19's Coach's Player of the Year: Will Bonner
Div 4 PPY: Matt Alison Wilson
Div 4 CPY: Dan Kerkhoff
Div 2 PPY: Dagan Roberts
Div 2 CPY: Gabi Down
Div 1 PPY: Lee Fryer
Div 1 CPY: Steve Jow
Prem PPY: Phil Pratt (Cochrane)
Prem CPY: Mark Scholefield
Women's Div 2 PPY: Yvonne Waft
Women's Div 2 CPY: Kayla
Women's Div 1 PPY: Leah Evans
Women's Div 1 CPY: Joanne Lemons-Harper
Most Improved Player of the Year: Hayley Casin
Development Player of the Year: Ella Rose
Supporter of the Year: Jim Lowe
Newest Steeler: Leni Price
Steelers MVP of the Year: Mark Scholefield
Steelers Disco Diva: Matthew Bonner
Steelers Achievement Award: Joanne Lemons-Harper
Sandwich Makers of the Year: Debbie Roberts Pre Dearden, Deborah Bonner, Alison Wilson

A great night of fun and entertainment. Special thanks to all those who donated and bid on the prizes in the auctions. Also thanks to Jarad and Matt for collecting on the raffle.

We hope to seeing you all again next year. Congratulations to all our award winners and if you didn't win an award this season, try harder next season!!

Saying goodbye to Alistair

It is with great sadness that we learned that one of the Steelers founding members, Alistair Flynn, passed away early this morning, Saturday 2nd April, after an illness. Alistair was a true gentleman and a fantastic team player for the short time that he had played with the Steelers. He had to give up wheelchair basketball because of serious issues with his health, back in the early 90's. He always had a smile and always saw the glass half full with a cheeky glint in his eye, and was a master of the one liners.

His dedication to the Steelers and determination when playing was second to none - always working hard for others and getting the reward from seeing others scoring and the Steelers winning games. Although Alistair didn't stay involved with us after he stopped playing, it was only because it would have hurt too much for him to see others doing what he loved to do with a passion. He was heavily involved in the music scene and keen on photography.

Rest in peace Alistair, first 5 every time.

 

Level 1 Coaching Course

If you want to expand your wheelchair basketball knowledge or want to take the game to another level, then sign up to one of our Level 1 or 2 coaching courses.  Steelers have run these courses at the Northern General for the past few years and are arranged according to demand. This can be the first step into your wheelchair basketball coaching career. 

For more information please contact Maurice Hammerton on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AGM - New committee

After our AGM last Tuesday, here is Steelers' new committee:

Maurice Hammerton - Chairman

Steve Ryan - Vice Chairman

Kevin Hayes - Secretary

Alison Wilson - Treasurer

Colin Price - Member

Debbie Roberts - Member

Steve Owen - Member

Simon Bonner - Member

Mark Scholefield - Member

We welcome 2 new committee members Mark Scholefield and Simon Bonner.

Thanks were given to Colin Price for his longstanding support and leadership as chairman over the past 7 years, Lorraine Waring for her great contributions as secretary as well as Manja Wolfram and Joe Atherton for their input into the club whilst on the committee. 

Thanks to the new committee for continuing to keep the Steelers such a strong club that provides people of all ages, gender, racial background and abilities with a fair platform to engage in wheelchair basketball and friendship. 

Fundraising ideas are appreciated and you can approach any committee member if you want to organise an event.

New website

New season - new features

With the start of the 2015/ 2016 season Steelers revamped their website and kit. This year, the Steelers have entered the league with a premier team, 1st Division team, 2nd Division and Development Team. This means there is a playing level for all abilities and wishes. Further, Steelers have 2 junior teams (Under 15 and under 19) and 2 women league teams.

Last season was one of transition for the club and challenges that come with having a team in every possible division. Unfortunately with the loss of some key players such as Leah Evans (due to move to the GB women set up in Worcester) or Chris Rainforth, who went to Bristol to study medicine and the league retirement of ex-international player Yvonne Waft, Steelers had to make the decision to let go of one team. This hopefully gives the club more room for junior development and the transition, that the teams are still undergoing. 

At the play offs 2015 Steelers had 3 teams with the final standings of:

Womens team - won the women league 2014/2015 and silver in the play-offs in a nail biter game, that went into overtime

1st Division - won the 1st Division north and bronze in the play-offs

3rd Division - won 3rd Division central, came 4th in the play-offs

So far, the teams had a mixed start in the new season and clearly need to put in the work to continue their development and connect to previous successes.

To follow the club events you can join our face book group (Sheffield Steelers Wheelchair Basketball), follow us on twitter (Steelers WBC) or simply come here to check for updates. The calendar gives information on training times and game days. 

If you want to get in touch, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Women take the title of 2014

It was the fourth year for the Steelers ladies in the 1st Division women's league - a team made up of experienced and new players, that had always been able to show competitiveness, however not won the big trophy to date.

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The 5th Masters Tournament

Masters - A combined 400 years of wheelchair basketball experience

2014 marked the 5th year that the Sheffield Steelers hosted the Masters for wheelchair basketball. 24 players competed in 4 teams in a fun and friendly atmosphere, showing that they still got what it takes. It was great to see some new faces such as Anna Jackson, Fred Howley, Russel Simms or Sarah Baillie, who made the trip from Glasgow, as well as players, that are by now frequent participants of the Masters - the likes of Colin Price, Dan Johnson, Joey Jaratnay and 72 year old Bernie Fox!

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Superleague 2012/2013

This years Superleague is nearly an entire team under 25 with the exception of Steve Owen and Wayne Boardman. Steelers have aimed for the transition in the last two years and it now is time for the youngsters to show wat they can do on the highest level of the national league. Team Members are: Joe Caudwell, Mark Scholefield, Maddie Thompson, Steve Owen, Wayne Boardman, Richard Seargant, Harry Brown, Nat Craig, George Bates, Joe Williams, Liam Twigg, Hatim Ghanami, Greg Johnson. The Team is coached by GB player Kevin Hayes and assisted by Steve Owen.

Fixtures:

7th Oct         2pm     Rhinos                  Home

27th Oct       3pm     Oldham Owls       Home

18th Nov      1pm     Titans                   Away

9th Dec        3pm     Rhinos                  Home

20th Jan       2pm     Oldham Owls       Away

10th Feb      3pm     Titans                    Home

24th Feb      1pm     Rhinos                   Home

17th March  3pm     Oldham Owls        Home

14th April     2.30pm Titans                   Away

Summer break with Highlights

The Sheffield Steelers just finished one of their most successful seasons - with 5 of their 6 league teams entering the final play off's in May, with the following results:

Steelers Women and Superleague team coming 3rd

Steelers 3rd Division team coming 2nd

Steelers Juniors and Division 1, coached by Maurice Hammerton winning their respective leagues.

The other 1st Division team, coached by Tina Gordon only narrowly missed a spot in the play off's, coming 2nd in the central Division 1.

But the summer break gives Steelers little time for rest and rather many highlights in one of the UK's biggest sporting years. 3 Juniors - Harry Brown, James Newton and Joe Williams got selected for the Under 22 European Championships, taking place at Stoke Mandeville next week. Maddie Thompson, 17 and Terry Bywater were selected for the Paralympics in London later this year.

2 other Steelers players - Steve Birkby and Jack Waring had the honour to be selected to carry the olympic torch in Sheffield and Scunthorpe - a once in a lifetime experience for the lads.

Further on you can see Steelers under the name "Steel city wheelers" next week on ITV. We applied for the show "Let's get Gold", but had to change the name due to potential copy right infringments. More info soon to follow.

Steelers are already back at training and trying to sort out new teams for the upcoming season 2012/ 2013. We are especially looking for more women to join our womens team. Please get in contact if interested.

 

Steelers receive royal Thank You

Sheffield Steelers Wheelchair Basketball Club has been awarded a prestigious regional community award.

The organisation which was set up in 1987 to provide a team to play wheelchair basketball is the latest recipient of The Duke of York Community Initiative Award.

His Royal Highness The Duke of York founded the initiative in 1998, primarily and actively encouraging the development of community spirit, individual leadership and initiatives in Yorkshire and the Humber.

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Steelers Juniors win Junior League 2012

Defending champions the Sheffield Steelers dug deep and put on a gritty display to retain their title in The Lord's Taverners Junior League Finals 10 Foot Hoop Finals (U19) at the All Saints Sports Centre on Saturday 31st March.

Demonstrating the heart and talent that saw them finish top of the North League, the Steelers battled to a one point win over the South West Scorpions in an action-packed 27-26 quarter final victory. Led by Steve Ryan and John Robinson, the home-side then built upon their momentum and focus, storming to a 35-13 semi final triumph over Lincolnshire's Jaguars.

The final was yet another nail-biting affair as the Steelers fought the Vikings 2009 WBC for the lead, each team ahead only momentarily in an end to end game. It was, however, Sheffield who managed to break the pattern, closing out the match 26-23 and once again lifting the trophy!

 

 

 

Steelers Ball at the Sheffield City Hall

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SSB Steelers successfully hosted their second ball "Venetian Masquerade". Over 150 people celebrated the club and inspirational sport of wheelchair basketball at the Sheffield City Hall. This year, 5 Steelers juniors brought the true Steelers spirit into the event with a basketball demonstration choreographed by Jessica Pilkington and Jo Harper. Sultan Al-Esayi kicked off the demo with some dribbling skills before Harry Brown, Mark Scholefield, Jack Waring and Joe Williams entered the floor with speed, showing chair skills and passion.

The ball was filled with brilliant costumes, a 4 course dinner, auctions and raffle, and a disco which got everyone on the dance floor. A big Thank You to all organisers and supporters of the event and to Simpson, Sissons and Brooke Solicitors for their ongoing partnership and helping us to develop to a great and successful club.

Steelers B-Team continue with wins in the 1st Division

Steelers made the short trip to Newark to play the Jaguars in a potentially tricky fixture without Harry Brown and Jack Waring who were both unavailable.

The Steelers team were keen to build on their impressive start to their first season in Division 1 and quickly built up an early lead. Joe Caudwell scored 6 points in the first Quarter as Steelers extended their lead to 16:8 at the end of the Quarter.

There was no let up from the Steelers in the 2nd Quarter as they continued to build a comfortable lead to go into the half time break leading 32:14.

In the 3rd Quarter, the Jaguars team found their form and started to haul in the Steelers lead. Steelers defence, which had been so tight in the first half, broke down with a lack of communication allowing the Jaguars to score freely. By the end of the 3rd Quarter, Jaguars had reduced the Steelers lead to 10 points. Despite a further determined effort from the Jaguars in the 4th, Steelers held the lead at 10 throughout the second half until an Ian Brown 3 pointer and a Will Blanche Free Throw in the last minute reduced the lead to 6 points.

The final score was Nottingham Jaguars 50: Steelers 3 56 giving the Steelers a 3 and 1 record in the League.

All the squad stepped up to fill the void left by Harry Brown and Jack Waring. Terry Clarke showed his wealth of experience by holding the team together during the second half fight back by the Jaguars. Clarke and Manja Wolfram led the scoring with 18 points each. Mark Schofield and Maddie Thompson chipped in with 8 and 6 points respectively and the scoring was rounded off by a 6 point contribution from Joe Caudwell.

As always, this was a great team effort and Paul Gregory, Liam Twigg and Steve Ryan all came on at crucial periods in the game and made a valuable contribution.

Team building and challenge

For the second time, SSB Steelers sent 20 people to an activity weekend with the Calvert Trust to the Lake District, this time in Keswick. 11 juniors, 3 new players, parents and support from our partners Simpson, Sissons and Brooke's - solicitor Joanne Logan tried out new challenges with abseiling, canoing, rock climbing, horse riding and hand biking. Some even did a push up a mountain and naturally down, with people falling out of chairs, having great fun and pushing their boundaries. Events like this do not build on disability but overcoming boundaries, extending and growing abilities, testing out and trusting the team. The experiences made with trips like this are not only basketball related but hopefully give people confidence in life and personal growth. A huge Thank You again to our partners Castle Martial Arts for raising the funds via "Sea to Sea" and "Fun Day" which enabled the club to organise this weekend and our ongoing partners and sponsors "Simpson Sissons and Brooke" for supporting us over the past two years in any way possible.

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