For the first time in the history of BUCS, wheelchair basketball featured in the BUCS Big Wednesday event – the pinnacle of inter-University sports leagues in the UK. At this popular event, final matches took place across 16 different league sports to name the 2021-2022 champions.
Split across three geographical divisions – Northern, Midlands, Southern – wheelchair basketball marked its inaugural year in the BUCS line-up this season.
After regular season matches and qualifying for the final, University of Nottingham and Cardiff Met Archers advanced to BUCS Big Wednesday to play in the final at the David Ross Sports Village.
The final was enjoyed by a roaring BUCS Big Wednesday crowd, willing both teams to succeed. The game was a close match, and UoN managed to pull ahead in the final quarter and take the win 66:40 to claim the title of first ever BUCS Wheelchair Basketball champions.
Jo Richards, British Wheelchair Basketball Participation Director, said:
“The addition of wheelchair basketball to BUCS is overwhelmingly positive as it is an inclusive sport and increases opportunities of activity available to students across the country.
Seeing the final amidst the BUCS Big Wednesday line-up is a big moment for disability sport. Congratulations to all the teams involved, and well done to University of Nottingham and Cardiff Met for progressing to the final!”