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DAWS FEELS THE FORCE!

Michael Dawson got a taste of what the growing sport of wheelchair basketball is all about when he visited Force WBC on Thursday.

Michael Dawson got a taste of what the growing sport of wheelchair basketball is all about when he visited Force WBC on Thursday.

The 30-year-old club, based at the Aspire National Training Centre for spinal injuries in Stanmore, has a history of churning out a host of international players – including six of the current Great Britain women’s squad.

And the Force team got to speak with 'Daws' and talk him through their sport – as well as demonstrating to him how the game is played.

The 23-year-old defender said: “I couldn’t admit to knowing a great deal about wheelchair basketball before I came, but I was so impressed by what I saw – the standard was so high.

“Premiership football is always in the spotlight, but it’s very important that up-and-coming sports don’t go unnoticed and are given our full support – especially when you consider the Olympics and Paralympics will be coming here soon.”

The Force team met Michael under the ‘Places for Players’ scheme – part of the Premier League’s flagship community initiative Creating Chances.