New Wheelchair Swing For Berks Children

17 May 2016, 07:22 | Updated: 17 May 2016, 07:24

We're being told children with additional needs here in the Thames Valley just want to play alongside their friends like everyone else.

It's as a new £10,000 swing for youngsters in wheelchairs is officially unveiled in Newbury's Victoria Park.

Jacqueline Scoins-Casse MBE, the Head Coach at the Thames Valley Kings wheelchair basketball club, based at the Kennet Leisure Centre in Thatcham, says it means "everyone is able to go and go to the park and participate".

Adding, "families go out to the park every day and at the moment, the nearest park that has a wheelchair accessible swing is in Maidenhead (...) that's quite a long way for people to go if they've got additional needs just to play in the swings, like every other family are doing everyday in the parks near them".

Newbury Town Councillor James Fredrickson, who secured the cash to make it happen tells us “Victoria Park is heavily used by all age groups, so we are very excited to be able to offer this new play equipment for children that use wheelchairs”.

Find out more about the Thames Valley Kings wheelchair basketball club here

Listen below to more from our interview with Head Coach, Jacqueline Scoins-Casse MBE.