19 November, 2021

UKWB League Gets Underway

The United Kingdom Wheelchair Basketball League (UKWB), sanctioned by British Wheelchair Basketball, will get underway this weekend with the aim of players being able gain more access to competition and develop skills in a flexible and safe environment. 

Featuring twenty-two teams from across the Country, the UKWB League will provide an accessible format of the sport, predominantly aimed at providing a platform for teams both at National League Division 2 & 3 standard and those teams not regularly engaging in National League.  The format of the UKWB League will consist of four quarters of ten minutes with running clock

Commenting ahead of the first round of fixtures, Ray McBride, UKWB’s Chair, said: ‘‘It’s great to be working in partnership with BWB to offer wheelchair basketball to the grassroots clubs, its very important that we work together to give clubs more sporting opportunities’, we are also grateful for the help and support we have got from RGK, and other backers.’’

BWB Participation Director said “The UKWB has been working hard for a number of years now to provide a really important level of competition for our sport. They have delivered a high-quality opportunity for people to access competition in a more informal environment and it’s great to be working together to get more people playing the sport we love.”

“We’ve been working together to ensure BWB can support the UKWB to grow and provide a safe and fun environment for all. We’re extremely pleased to have them on board to promote the fantastic work they’re doing and  provide a seamless pathway into national league.”

How will the league work? 

The twenty-two teams taking part in the UKWB League have been split into North and South Regions with each region being broken down into two Divisions. Each team in both the regional Division 1 and 2 will be playing each other once during the group stage across a maximum of four rounds of competition. 

At the end of the group stage, the top-four in each division will then progress through to the semi-finals with a place in final at stake. The classification fixtures including 3rd / 4th playoff and final are set take place in April 2022.

Northern Region

Division 1

Cumbria Mohawks 1
Tees Valley Mohawks 1
Southport WBC
The Bulls
Wakefield Whirlwinds 1
The Owls

Division 2

Cumbria Mohawks 2
Tees valley Mohawks 2
Bradford Bears
Lancaster Bulldogs
Manchester Giants

Southern Region

Division 1

Exeter Otters
Birmingham Phoenix
Hampshire Harriers
Gloucester Blazers
Swansea Storm

Division 2

Hampshire Harriers 2
Swansea Storm 2
Leicester Cobras
Sussex Bears
Folkestone Arrows

More information about the league, including fixtures, results and league tables, can be found here: https://bwb.playwaze.com/ConfirmInvitation?token=ukwb9150

Follow British Wheelchair Basketball on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for coverage from Sunday’s group stage fixtures. 

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