16 July, 2021

British Wheelchair Basketball to move to Stage 4 of Return to Play Matrix on 19 July

British Wheelchair Basketball will move to Stage 4 of the sport’s Return to Play Matrix on Monday (19 July), permitting wheelchair basketball competitions to return along with recommendations for clubs and participants as they continue their return to play. 

The move to Stage 4 includes amendments to the Matrix for clubs and participants, with recommendations on face masks and lateral flow testing, while social distancing of at least 2m is still recommended at all other times aside from during game play. 

The updated Matrix and full Stage 4 Guidance – including return to competition guidance – can be viewed and downloaded on the Return to Play section of the BWB website (Matrix / Stage 4 Guidance). 

Home Country guidance must always be adhered to including Government and venue guidance on social distancing, the wearing of face masks and maximum capacities. Spectators and parents/carers are now permitted within the court space in compliance with venue guidelines. 

It has been a long 16 months since BWB Competitions were suspended and cancelled but the whole British Wheelchair Basketball community has come together to support each other as the sport moved through its return to play. 

BWB would like to thank all of its clubs and members for all their support, commitment and dedication. 

The first wheelchair basketball competition to be held following the move to Stage 4 will be at Ball Out 3X3’s National Tour event in Leeds on Saturday 7 August. Team entries are still open for both the Adult and Junior 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball competitions (find out more: Ball Out 3X3). 

As announced at the end of the May, the hope is for the 2021/22 BWB National League season to begin on 2 & 3 October, with Junior League and BUCS competitions starting later that month followed by Round 1 of Women’s League in November 2021 (National/Local restrictions dependent). 

The deadline for National, Junior and Women’s League team entries has been extended to Sunday 1 August. Any club wising to enter teams in any BWB National competition will need to contact membership@britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk before this date with the name of the team administrator. More information on team entry can be found here. 

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