1 February, 2018

National Lottery Funding announced for GB Junior Programme

UK Sport believes in the podium potential of the GB Junior Programme

A historic day for British Wheelchair Basketball’s GB Junior Squads as UK Sport announces National Lottery funding for both its men and women’s teams.

It has been a phenomenal four years for the GB Junior teams with the women’s team bringing home the U25 World Championship crown in 2015 and the men delivering the U23 Championship title in 2017.

Today’s announcement by UK Sport demonstrates their belief in the podium potential of GB junior players, and marks the first time the British Wheelchair Basketball GB Junior Programme has been awarded its own National Lottery funding allocation.

The award of £212k will be ring fenced for junior participation at the European and World Championships, as well as the delivery of GB training camps and selection tournaments.

The GB Junior Programmes have proven critical to the outstanding success of the performance pathway, with the recently established Elite Training Centre in Sheffield hosting the activities of both junior and senior players.  

Delighted by today’s announcement British Wheelchair Basketball’s Performance Director, Paul Davies commented:

“Today’s award is testament to the skill and dedication of our junior players, and the supporting performance network. It also highlights the breadth of young talent that is progressing through the UK British Wheelchair Basketball leagues.

“Our junior world champions are the Paralympians of tomorrow, they are also role models who are already inspiring the next generation of GB players.

“UK Sport has recognised the podium potential of the junior players within British Wheelchair Basketball’s programme and has furthered its commitment to supporting their success”  

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