Sporting success for basketball player, Myles
WHEN Myles Sanderson left full-time education he had no interests and would just sit in his bedroom.
Today, the 21-year-old from Brampton Bierlow, Barnsley, is looking forward to representing team GB in the Special
Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi next March.
Mum Helen puts the massive change down to a chance meeting with basketball coach Steve Woodhouse.
“As he was leaving college I was introduced to the basketball coach Steve Woodhouse. Steve changed Myles’ life
beyond anything I could hope for,” said Helen.
“Myles went for a taster session and enjoyed himself so much he went back for more. From that point he has
excelled in the sport. He has gone from playing one hour a week to playing seven hours a week!
“He has improved so much over the last three years. It gives him somewhere to go and to meet other young players
who have learning disabilities, but also young people who have no disabilities.”
The changes that his interest in sport has brought makes Helen all the more proud because at the age of two Myles
was diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum and communication and routine was very difficult at that time.
At the age of ten, he was diagnosed as having moderate to severe learning difficulties.
“I am very proud of my son – he has done so much in his life by the age of 21.”
In August 2017 Myles participated in the Special Olympics, which were based in Sheffield, playing basketball for
South Yorkshire and Humber and helped the team win a bronze medal!
Myles has since been picked to represent team GB in the Special Olympics: World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi in
Helen said: “To represent team GB is a great honour. There are 129 athletes that are representing team GB. There
are only 10 male basketball players who have been chosen – Myles being the only one from Barnsley and Rotherham
As well as huge support from his Mum, Myles has been helped on his amazing journey by Barnsley Premier Leisure.
He has been going to Fitness Flex at Dearneside Leisure Centre since he found out that he had a place at the world
And when BPL facility manager Martin Prest heard about Myles’ achievements he nominated him for a FANS
sponsorship which means that the young athlete is awarded a year’s full subscription. ‘
Martin said: “Barnsley Premier Leisure are delighted to support the training requirements of Myles to help him
to achieve his goals, which is to continue representing Great Britain at basketball. We would like to wish Myles
continued success, particularly with the forthcoming Special World Games in Abu Dhabi next March.’’
Helen said: “He goes to the gym three times a week with his Papa and occasionally with me. He really enjoys going
and the relaxed environment there is an advantage.
“We tend to go at the quiet times as otherwise Myles finds it hard to cope with the crowds and loud noises. We’re
really grateful for the FANS sponsorship as this has enabled him to enjoy going to the gym and enjoying the facilities
whilst getting fit for the world games.”
Notes to Editors
BPL is a not-for-profit social enterprise and charitable company that was established in July 1999. We seek at all times
to provide affordable, value for money health, sport and leisure facilities and activities. We operate a diverse portfolio
of sports and leisure facilities across Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Mansfield and Pontefract. Our unique venues include multi
use leisure centres, public golf courses, school out-of-hours amenities, and standalone health and fitness facilities.
We also operate the Metrodome Leisure Complex, an award-winning regional attraction in Barnsley, South Yorkshire
that houses Calypso Cove Waterpark, Metrodome Bowling, Rigby Café & Lounge, the Metrodome Arena and Fitness
Flex Metrodome. Our mission statement is ‘Working together to enrich lives’ and we are proud of our diverse and
exciting portfolio of health, sport, and leisure facilities.
This press release was issued by Script Media on behalf of Barnsley Premier Leisure. For more information
please contact Katie Walters via email@example.com or 01226 734 690.