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British Wheelchair Basketball to move to Stage 1 of Return to Play guidance on 1 October 2020

British Wheelchair Basketball has today published guidance ahead of the sport moving into STAGE 1 of its Return to Play plan from 1 October 2020, allowing BWB sanctioned activity to return indoors in small groups.  The STAGE 1 guidance (which can be viewed here) allows BWB sanctioned activity to resume indoors in small groups (full…

British Wheelchair Basketball begin search for High Performance Partnerships in exciting move forward for Wheelchair Basketball and Universities

British Wheelchair Basketball has today launched the next step in its ambitious long-term strategy as BWB begins its search for High Performance Partnerships across the university sector.  Launching the search for exciting new partnerships for the sport, BWB is inviting the university sector to formally submit an Expression of Interest to work collaboratively with the…

BWB’s inclusive approach to enter the MOBILISATION STAGE of Return to Play on 1st September 2020

Today marks the unveiling of wheelchair basketball’s Return to Play. Undoubtedly it has been a long four months whilst we have been without our sport, but we are proud that our community spirit has shone brightly throughout these difficult times. As we make public our plans for a gradual staged return to wheelchair basketball, it…

Classification Policy Review

BWB has confirmed today the review of its classification policy, the review denotes that the BWB domestic eligibility alignment will maintain the current eligibility and classification systems that are in operation in the UK (for domestic BWB competition). In due course BWB will issue guidance regarding the distinctions between international and domestic classification eligibility pathways.…

Wheelchair basketball added to BUCS Sport programme in historic introduction

In extremely exciting news for the sport, Wheelchair Basketball has become the first fully inclusive team sport to be introduced to the BUCS Sport programme, BUCS have announced today. Joining over 50 sports, today’s announcement sees British Wheelchair Basketball continue to drive ground-breaking changes for disability sport. Providing opportunities for participants to play with their…

We have updated our Privacy Notice

British Wheelchair Basketball continually reviews its policies and notices to ensure that we are implementing strong governance across the sport. We have recently updated our Privacy Notice, completing is a full notice review, so all aspects of the privacy notice have been considered and updated.  Areas of change include: Personal Data – Updates regarding the…

Double delight for Sheffield Hallam University Wheelchair Basketball Club at University awards

It was double delight for Sheffield Hallam University’s Wheelchair Basketball Club last month with the club picking up two awards at the University’s annual Team Hallam Sports Ball. Sheffield Hallam Wheelchair Basketball Club won the ‘Team of the Year’ award during the virtual awards ceremony, while club member and World U25 and European U24 medallist…

Update from CEO Lisa Pearce (10/07/2020)

Following the UK Government’s announcement yesterday, British Wheelchair Basketball CEO Lisa Pearce has issued the following update regarding BWB’s Return to Play guidance and planning for next season. Return to Play British Wheelchair Basketball is currently in the process of seeking professional advice and government approval as we continue to finalise our phased road map…

Jules Parke-Robinson appointed as new British Wheelchair Basketball Chair

British Wheelchair Basketball is delighted to announce Jules Parke-Robinson has been appointed as the new Chair of its Board. An experienced leader and critical thinker, today’s announcement will see Jules lead British Wheelchair Basketball’s strategic direction during an exciting and progressive era for the organisation as the sport looks towards Tokyo 2020, Paris 2024 and…

Message from British Wheelchair Basketball CEO, Lisa Pearce regarding return to sport planning

Dear British Wheelchair Basketball Family, Firstly, please can I express how immensely proud we are, and continue to be, of our British Wheelchair Basketball family. During such challenging times our players, clubs and wider network continue to use creative ways to engage and stay active during this lock-down period. As we approach the twelfth week…

Dan Price, Interim Lead Coach (Women), announces decision to leave GB performance programme

British Wheelchair Basketball’s Dan Price, Interim Lead Coach (Women), announces his decision to leave the GB performance programme. Late last week Dan Price confirmed his departure from British Wheelchair Basketball following an incredible four-year tenure to the GB coaching team.  Appointed as GB Women’s Assistant Coach in 2016, in the proceeding four year’s Dan has…

British Wheelchair Basketball welcomes Tanya Harris to its Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director

British Wheelchair Basketball is delighted to welcome Tanya Harris to its Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director effective from 1st May 2020, as it bids farewell to longstanding board member Michelle Leavesley.  A major events operations expert, Tanya Harris brings to the British Wheelchair Basketball Board extensive experience from both Olympic and Paralympic settings having…

British Wheelchair Basketball extends eligibility review deadline

British Wheelchair Basketball has extended the deadline for the receipt of documents for the Eligibility Review of athletes with classifications 4.0, 4.5 and athletes with specific medical conditions to 30th September 2020. The decision has been made due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and BWB’s continued commitment to the wellbeing of members. It is hoped…

Youth Sport Trust announce School Games National Finals to be rearranged

Youth Sport Trust and Sport England have announced the 2020 School Games National Games – due to take place at Loughborough University from 3-6September – have been postponed with the organisers looking at re-scheduling for 2021. For more details on the School Games announcement, please read the following statement from Youth Sport Trust and Sport…

Cancellation of all British Wheelchair Basketball Leagues and Competitions

This morning British Wheelchair Basketball has taken the difficult decision to cancel all remaining fixtures and competitions of its 2019/20 season. Following a continuous review of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) threat, recognition that the situation has rapidly escalated over the weekend and observance of government advice, the requirement to cancel all remaining fixtures was deemed essential…

COVID-19 Update – 13/03/2020

British Wheelchair Basketball is continuously monitoring and reassessing the situation with regards to Coronavirus. Although there are no current plans to cancel British Wheelchair Basketball competition, events or fixtures, the decision will be revised on a day-by-day basis with any updates communicated immediately to clubs and members. Please continue to check our COVID-19 guidance page…

COVID-19 Guidance – 10/03/2020

The health and safety of the British Wheelchair Basketball family remains our main priority, and we are constantly monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and following the official advice and guidance from the UK Government, the World Health Organisation and Public Health England. Currently (10/03/2020), there are no plans by British Wheelchair Basketball to cancel or…

George Bates top-scores in Spain; Gregg Warburton posts season best points total

High scores from George Bates and Gregg Warburton ensured Mideba Extremadura returned to winning ways with Bates scoring a weekend-high 31 points, while Warburton scored 25 points – his best total in the league this season. Bates scored three three-pointers and 14 of his 16 field basket attempts to top last weekend’s points standings in…

Professor Philip Wilson steps down as Chair of British Wheelchair Basketball Board

Professor Philip Wilson announced his decision to step down as Chair of the British Wheelchair Basketball board on Tuesday 25th February 2020. Since his appointment as Chair in November 2018, Philip has made a significant contribution to the sport, driving a review of the Board’s membership recruiting new independent non-executive directors, and has been instrumental…

National League Round-Up: High scores, close games and impressive individual performances

Image: Jim Beattie It was another enthralling weekend of BWB National League action with high scores, close games and plenty of impressive individual and team performances as the battles for promotion and play-off places begin to heat-up. Premier Division Sheffield Steelers versus The Owls is always one of the most anticipated fixtures of the season…

Terry Bywater named MVP as his CD Ilunion win Copa del Rey in thrilling final featuring GB players

Terry Bywater was named the Copa del Rey ‘Most Valuable Player’ as his CD Ilunion side beat BSR Amiab Albacete in a thrilling final which featured five GB players, including Gaz Choudhry who was named alongside Bywater in the competition’s ‘All-Star Five’. On a weekend which saw four British head-to-heads in the Copa del Rey,…

GB players star in thrilling games in Spain as players go head-to-head

GB players were at the centre of two thrilling games in Spain as British players went head-to-head in Spain, while Simon Brown and Jim Palmer play penultimate games in Germany. In Spain, Terry Bywater’s CD Ilunion overcame a tough test against a Mideba Extremadura side, which featured five GB internationals, as the Madrid-based team returned…

GB Senior Women to continue Tokyo 2020 preparations at Osaka Cup in Japan

Great Britain’s Senior Women will continue their preparations for the 2020 Paralympic Games when they take on Japan and Canada in this weekend’s Osaka Cup (14-16 February). Hosted at the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan, the Osaka Cup has become a regular fixture in British Wheelchair Basketball’s international calendar; with the GB Women…

National League Round-Up: 8-9 February

Despite Storm Ciara’s best attempt at disrupting last weekend’s National League action, 26 fixtures went ahead with high scores, close finishes and plenty of impressive individual and team performances. Premier Division On a weekend that saw over 2,000 points scored across the National League, The Owls continued their good season to date with victory away…

Simon Brown and Jim Palmer to go head-to-head in Germany as GB players return to league action

Simon Brown and Jim Palmer will go head-to-head this weekend when their respective clubs meet in the German League on Saturday as GB players return to league action after last weekend’s Champions League Preliminary Rounds. Brown was one of six GB internationals in action in the Champions League, helping RSV Lahn-Dill secure their place in…

Teams confirm Elite 8s spots during action-packed weekend across domestic competitions

It was another busy weekend across British Wheelchair Basketball’s domestic competitions, with Junior League, University and National League fixtures all taking place. Lord’s Taverners Junior League The Lords Taverners’ Junior League resumed with three out of the four pools in action as teams continued their bid to reach April’s Elite 8s competitions. In Pool A,…

Harry Brown and Lee Manning named in All-Star Five as GB players progress in Champions League

Harry Brown and Lee Manning were both named in the weekend’s All-Star Five as six GB players helped their respective clubs progress into the quarter-finals of the IWBF Champions League. BSR Amiab Albacete – featuring Brown, Manning, Gaz Choudhry and Kyle Marsh – and Simon Brown’s RSV Lahn-Dill won all four of their Preliminary Round…

Busy weekend of action in Junior League, University Championships and National League

After a thrilling weekend of Women’s League action last week, it’s set to be another busy weekend across British Wheelchair Basketball’s domestic competitions, with Junior League, University and National League fixtures all taking place. Lord’s Taverners’ Junior League The Lord’s Taverners’ Junior League continues with the competition resuming in three out of the four Pools,…

British Wheelchair Basketball Statement

As a sport we are committed to adhering to the agreed Classification Code for the Paralympic Games.  Over the last number of months British Wheelchair Basketball has been in communication with our International Federation (IWBF) regarding their classification work with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Today’s announcement impacts wheelchair basketball on a global scale and…

GB Sport Media to bring fans of wheelchair basketball closer to their favourite athletes than ever before

A ground-breaking initiative to develop a digital and an Over-The-Top (OTT) broadcast platform for British Olympic and Paralympic sports has today been announced by a group of leading sports’ National Governing Bodies, UK Sport, the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association. In their first move, the collective of British sports’ bodies have appointed Dominic…

High scores from Terry Bywater and Gaz Choudhry while Ben Fox leads rebounds in Spain

Terry Bywater and Gaz Choudhry both continue to impress as Ben Fox led this week’s rebounds in Spain, while Simon Brown and Jim Palmer both helped their teams to victory in Germany. In Spain, Bywater scored four three-pointers en-route to scoring a game-high 28 points as his CD Ilunion team maintained their unbeaten season to…

Watch Women’s League live on BBC Sport this weekend

Paralympians and international medallists will be among 180 wheelchair basketball players competing in Nottingham this weekend (25 & 26 January) as British Wheelchair Basketball’s Women’s League returns to the city for Round 2. Hosted at Nottingham Wildcats Arena, women from across the UK will compete across two action-packed days of competition, with Sunday afternoon’s Division…

National League: CWBA end The Owls’ unbeaten streak in the Premier Division

There’s never a dull moment in British Wheelchair Basketball’s National League and last weekend proved no different with end-to-end action, unbeaten streaks coming to an end and a season-high points tally. In the top-flight, the battle for the Premier Division crown continues to be the fiercest in recent years with four points separating the top-six…

Exeter Otters begin 2020 with two wins as BWB’s National League returns

After a four-week break, British Wheelchair Basketball’s National League returned last weekend in thrilling fashion with Exeter Otters beginning the calendar year with two wins in the Premier Division. Overtime was needed on Saturday in their game against Tees Valley Titans with Exeter claiming a 53:51 win after the scores were tied at 47:47 at…

Tribute to Nigel Smith, a much-loved member of the wheelchair basketball community

British Wheelchair Basketball were deeply saddened to learn that ex-GB captain and coach Nigel Smith passed away on 24 December 2019; a highly influential and much-loved member of the wheelchair basketball community. Nigel represented Great Britain for 16 years as a player, including four as captain, before continuing to share his passion and knowledge for…

British Wheelchair Basketball officials selected for 2020 Paralympic Games

Image: SA Images British Wheelchair Basketball are delighted to announce three International Technical Officials (ITOs) from Great Britain have been nominated for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Charlie Bethel as Member of the TTC; Ben Wood as Referee; Janine Timms as Commissioner; Today all of the above have been confirmed by the IWBF as…

Two wins for Angels of the North & CWBA as six teams end Round 1 unbeaten

CWBA began their search for a fourth consecutive Women’s League title with two wins as six teams ended Round 1 unbeaten during the opening weekend of the 2019/20 Women’s League. Featuring players of all abilities – from GB internationals to players playing in their first Women’s League – 22 fixtures were played across two days…

Terry Bywater tops the Spanish points standings; Martin Edwards scores 31 points in Italy

GB’s Terry Bywater topped the Spanish points standings for the fifth time this season as his 29 points helped CD Ilunion continue their unbeaten start to the Spanish League. Bywater’s latest tally takes his points total to over 250 points for the eight gameweeks so far this season, with a clash with fellow unbeaten side…

Wheelchair basketball advances to final stage ahead of historic BUCS introduction

Wheelchair basketball has received a major boost in its ambition to become the first fully-inclusive team sport to be introduced to the BUCS Competition programme; with the sport progressing to the final stage of the Cycle Two of the Sport Review. Announced as one of five proposals to have advanced through to the implementation stage,…

National League: Sheffield Steelers move back to the top of the Premier Division

Sheffield Steelers moved back to the top of the Premier Division after beating London Titans 46-56 in the latest round of BWB National League fixtures.  On a busy weekend of National League action, Steelers v Titans was the only fixture in the Premier Division, meaning last year’s champions knew a win away at London Titans would see The Steelers leapfrog The…

Ben Fox posts his highest score of the season to help Mideba secure back-to-back wins

Three of the top-five points scorers in Spain were GB players as Ben Fox posted his highest-score of the season to help Mideba Extremadura secure back-to-back wins in the Spanish League.  Fox was the game’s top-scorer with 26 points as Mideba claimed their fourth victory of the season with an 87-54 win over Rincon Dental Amivel.  Abdi Jama added 17 points…

GB’s five Mideba players target back-to-back wins as European Leagues continue

Next week the GB Men’s team will meet-up in Sheffield for a training camp, but, before then, 18 GB players will be in action across Europe, including head-to-head fixtures between British players.  In Spain, Thomas Smith of Rincon Dental Amivel will face the all-British starting five of Mideba Extremadura.   Phil Pratt, George Bates, Gregg Warburton, Abdi Jama and Ben Fox…

Six Universities to take part as University Championships returns for seventh year

British Wheelchair Basketball’s University Championships are back for a seventh year, and this year’s competition will see six Universities go head-to-head as they battle to become the 2019/20 champion.  Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019/20 University Championships:  Which Universities are competing in the 2019/20 competition?  Pool A  Sheffield Hallam University, University of Hull,…

National League: The Owls continue unbeaten start to Premier Division season

The Owls moved to the top of the BWB National League Premier Division as they continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 56-73 victory over Tees Valley Titans.  Stephen Rainey scored a weekend-high 39 points to help The Owls secure a fifth consecutive victory and, with Sheffield Steelers not playing this weekend, the win moves the Manchester-based team to the…

Gaz Choudhry top scores in Spain as GB players help Albacete maintain unbeaten streak

Gaz Choudhry scored a league-high 31 points as four GB players helped BSR Amiab Albacete continue their unbeaten streak in Spain, while Mideba Extremadura returned to winning ways. The reigning world and European champion totalled eight two-pointers, two three-pointers and nine successful free throws as Albacete beat Bidaideak Bilbao 91-81 to extend their winning start to the season to six games.  Lee Manning…

Your Basketball League to get underway with focus on development

The Your Basketball League Wheelchair Development League, a local league sanctioned by British Wheelchair Basketball, will get underway this weekend, with the aim of players being able to develop skills in a flexible and safe environment.  Featuring eight teams from across the Midlands, the Your Basketball League will provide a locally accessible format British Wheelchair…

National League: Triple-header between CWBA and The Bears including Premier Division battle

All three National League teams from CWBA and The Bears will be in action on Sunday (24 November) during a triple-header between the two clubs.  The second and third teams from each club will both go head-to-head, before the club’s Premier Division teams clash in the final top-flight fixture of the weekend.  Here are the things…

British players to go head-to-head in Spain as European leagues continue

After a great battle between Mideba Extremadura and BSR Amiab Albacete last weekend, more British players will go head-to-head this weekend as the Spanish, Italian and German Leagues continue on Saturday (23 November).  The top-scorer in Spain, Terry Bywater will face James MacSorley’s Gran Canaria looking to add to the 173 points Bywater has scored in his five games so far…

Gaz Choudhry & Terry Bywater continue to shine as their clubs remain unbeaten

Gaz Choudhry and Terry Bywater continued their impressive scoring streaks as they helped their respective teams maintain their unbeaten starts to the Spanish season.  Bywater topped the points charts in the Spanish League for the third successive week; scoring 37 points as his CD Ilunion side beat Bidaideak Bilbao 86-80 to extend their winning start to the season.  Bywater’s…

Double delight for four teams as Lord’s Taverners Junior League gets underway

Scottish Wizards, North Wales Knights, CWBA and London Titans all ended Round 1 unbeaten as the 2019/20 Lord’s Taverners Junior League began.  All four teams ended the opening weekend top of their respective Pool after winning both their Round 1 fixtures.  In Pool A, Scottish Wizards began their campaign with a 60-43 victory over Wakefield…

2019/20 Lord’s Taverners Junior League to get underway

Over 100 players are preparing to get their 2019/20 Lord’s Taverners Junior League season underway this weekend with Round 1 marking the beginning of this season’s junior competition.  Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019/20 Lord’s Taverners Junior League:  How the Lord’s Taverners Junior League works?  The Lord’s Taverners Junior League is a mixed league where both…

Nine GB players to clash in Spain as European leagues continue

Although over 1,500 miles away, there will be a very British feel when Mideba Extremadura host BSR Amiab Albacete in Spain on Saturday, with nine GB players taking to the court in a clash between their respective clubs.  George Bates is one of five British players playing for Mideba this season, with Phil Pratt, Abdi Jama, Gregg Warburton and Ben Fox also playing for the Badajoz-based team.  On…

National League: The Owls remain unbeaten after victory over London Titans

The Owls remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier Division after victory over London Titans on a busy weekend of National League action (9 & 10 November).  The Manchester-based team claimed their fourth successive win, beating Premier Division rivals London Titans 69-54 at the National Basketball Performance Centre.  Victory for the Owls put the…

49-point haul for Terry Bywater as he continues impressive scoring form in Spain

GB’s Terry Bywater continued his fine form in Spain, scoring a league-high 49 points against five of his GB teammates, while Ian Sagar and Martin Edwards both impressed in their Italian League season openers.  Bywater – who has now scored 136 points across four games this season – scored three three-pointers within the opening 92 seconds…

National League: Unbeaten Premier Division pair to go head-to-head

Unbeaten London Titans and The Owls will clash in the Premier Division in one of 23 National League fixtures taking place across the UK this weekend (9 & 10 November), with teams from all four home nations in action.  Here’s the things to look out for on a busy weekend of National League action:  Premier Division  The Owls and London Titans are…

Funding support available for International Technical Officials

A new bursary of up to £200 per year is available for British Wheelchair Basketball’s International Technical Officials (ITO’s) and identified Pathway Officials for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons. The bursary can be used for: Relevant training and CPD IWBF courses Attendance at overseas tournaments (where expenses aren’t met by the Organising Committee) Pathway officials…

Terry Bywater and Gaz Choudhry continue to shine in Spain

GB’s Terry Bywater and Gaz Choudhry scored more than 80 points between them as they topped the points scoring charts in the Spanish League on Saturday (2 November).  Carrying on from his impressive form last weekend, Bywater scored a weekend-high of 43 points for CD Ilunion as they beat Iberconsa Amfiv 57-75. The five-time Paralympian’s latest points haul takes his season’s total to…

Simon Brown and Jim Palmer clash in Germany as GB players continue club seasons

Two of the 2018 World Championships winning men’s team will go head-to-head this weekend as Simon Brown and Jim Palmer’s respective clubs meet in the German League on Saturday (2 November).  Brown’s RSV Lahn-Dill side are currently unbeaten after six games, with Brown scoring 34 points and collecting 18 assists so far this season.  Lining-up on…

New four-year partnership announced with world leading travel provider, ATPI Sports Events

British Wheelchair Basketball confirms new four year Charity partnership with world leading travel provider, ATPI Sports Events.  The four-year deal appoints ATPI Sports Events as British Wheelchair Basketball’s first choice for the travel arrangements of its four GB Squads.  The announcement comes at a critical time for the GB Squads as both senior teams continue…

Changes to Performance Programme announced ahead of Tokyo 2020

British Wheelchair Basketball today announced a realigning of its Performance Programme as the GB Team’s look towards realising podium success in Tokyo.  The world-class performance programme has delivered unprecedented success on the international stage over the last two years with the GB Men’s Team claiming both the World and European Championships titles, and the GB…

National League: Highest scoring weekend so far as three Premier Division teams remain unbeaten

It was another action-packed weekend of National League action as Sheffield Steelers finished the gameweek on top, while three other Premier Division teams remain unbeaten.  The Steelers were knocked off top spot on Saturday when The Owls continued their winning start to the season with a 36-76 win at NI Knights.  A third victory in three games saw The Owls move…

George Bates tops points scoring charts as GB trio lead the way in Spanish League

Great Britain’s George Bates topped the points scoring charts as three GB players finished the weekend as the top-three highest scorers in the Spanish League.  Bates scored 38 points for Mideba Extremadura, while Terry Bywater and Gaz Choudhry scored four three-pointers each en-route to points totals of 30 and 29, respectively, for their Spanish clubs.  In a…

National League preview: Full fixture list in Premier Division as three teams battle for top spot

All eight Premier Division teams in the BWB National League will be in action on the same weekend for the first time this season with Sheffield Steelers, The Owls and NI Knights all battling to end the weekend on top. With reigning champions, Sheffield Steelers not playing until Sunday, The Owls and NI Knights both…

James MacSorley to face GB five as European leagues continue

GB international James MacSorley will face five of his GB teammates this weekend when his Gran Canaria side take on Mideba Extremadura in the Spanish League, as 16 British players continue their seasons in Europe.  MacSorley, who was part of the 2018 World Championships winning team, will come-up against a strong-Mideba side on Saturday, featuring the familiar faces of Ben Fox, George…

Jacqueline Scoins-Cass MBE named on Vitality Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year shortlist

British Wheelchair Basketball is delighted to learn that its Board Member and Thames Valley Kings founder Jacqueline Scoins-Cass MBE has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award, recognising her years of dedication, hard work and commitment to the sport.  Jacqueline has been named on the Vitality Grassroots Sportswoman of the Year shortlist for next month’s Sunday…

Lee Manning leads GB points scoring on opening weekend of the Spanish League

In a weekend of mixed fortunes for GB players, nearly a quarter of all the points scored on the opening weekend of the Spanish League were scored by British players with Lee Manning ending the weekend as the top-scoring GB player.  Manning’s 15 points helped BSR Amiab Albacete to victory as four British players reached double points figures for the Spanish team. …