What is a sports wheelchair?

Disabled (and, often, other participating) people use sport wheelchairs for disabled sports that require speed and agility, such as basketball, rugby, tennis and racing.

Although at entry level it is not essential to have a specialised sports wheelchair, many sports use equipment and chairs to make the sport easier to play and a sports wheelchair can make a big difference to your enjoyment of the sport.

Each wheelchair sport tends to use specific types of wheelchairs, and these no longer look like their everyday cousins.

They are usually non-folding (in order to increase solidity), with a pronounced angle for the wheels (which provides stability during a sharp turn) and made of composite, lightweight materials.

Sport wheelchairs are not generally for everyday use, and are often a ‘second’ chair specifically for sporting usage, although some users prefer the sport options for everyday.

Choosing a sports wheelchair

Sports wheelchair maintenance


Sports Wheelchair Funding Guidance

This guide displays a list of charities that can provide support with purchasing a sports wheelchair and equipment. If you don’t find what you are looking for then Active Partnerships are located in every county and can direct you to local funding.

Find funding for a Sports Wheelchair

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