Hampshire Hornets wheelchair basketball club are expanding.

The club, which hosts training sessions in Eastleigh and Winchester, held an open day at Kings’ School, Winchester, to drum up interest in the growing paralympic sport.

Hornets, which specialises in coaching youngsters of all ages, put a group through their paces using the club’s purpose-built equipment.

“We are an established wheelchair basketball club who wish to expand,” said Sarah Dodd from Hornets, whose oldest son Joshua plays for the under-15 team. “We want to let others have a try at the sport all our children love.”

The open day was a big success, with 18 new players being introduced to the sport.

Hornets won’t be standing still either. There is another open day planned in May and they have announced that their doors are open to any new players at any time.

“We’re looking to expand,” said Dodd. “We’re looking to get an adult team sorted and we’ll be looking to fund raise all the time.”

Joshua, Sarah’s eldest son, has cerebral palsy and has found the sport highly rewarding.

“He loves it,” Sarah said. “He’s found a group of people that he really fits into.

“And we’re hoping others will find the same.

“We hope to get people on board, anybody, including able bodied people, are welcome.”

The outfit, which currently has an under-15 team who play at junior league level, have asked any interested players or helpers to contact head coach Nass Dedkhah on 07798 852784 or Sarah Dodd on 07904 271254.