Five hundred and sixty-six days after the last BWB National League game was played, the UK’s biggest wheelchair basketball competition returns this weekend (2 and 3 October), marking the start of the 2021/22 season.
Over the next seven months, 55 teams will compete in eight Divisions as hundreds of players from across the UK return to playing the sport they love after an 18-month pause to competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bringing together players of all ages and abilities, the mixed league, includes both disabled and non-disabled players, and will see over 300 fixtures played between the opening weekend and the final league games on Sunday 8 May 2022.
The National League returns with British Wheelchair Basketball still operating in Stage 4 of their Return to Play Guidance – providing recommendations for clubs and individuals involved in the sport as the sport returns to play.
Ahead of the season start, BWB has issued the following key reminders to clubs and participants:
- Wash your hands regularly;
- Lateral flow testing recommended;
- Stay at home if you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms;
- Follow home club guidelines when playing at away games.
Four fixtures will take place during the opening weekend as clubs continue to return to play and work through the additional challenges the pandemic has added.
Saturday 2 October
Division 2 South – Sussex Bears v The Bears 2 (2pm)
Sunday 3 October
Division 1 North – Sheffield Steelers 2 v Mohawks (12noon)
Premier Division – Sheffield Steelers v Mohawks (2pm)
Division 3 Central – Sheffield Steelers 3 v Leicester Cobras (4pm)
Keep up-to-date with all the National League fixtures, results, league tables and live Premier Divisions stats via https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/national-league/