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Wheelchair Basketball

Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Telephone
01509 279900

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What is Wheelchair Basketball?

Wheelchair basketball retains most major rules and scoring of basketball, and maintains a 10-foot basketball hoop and standard basketball court.

The exceptions are rules which have been modified with consideration for the wheelchair. For example, "travelling" in wheelchair basketball occurs when the athlete touches his wheels more than twice after receiving or dribbling the ball. The individual must pass, bounce or shoot the ball before touching the wheels again.

Benefits

As a player trains and practices, they tone and strengthen various muscles in the body while increasing stamina. Wheelchair football is a type of team sport that encourages communication between the players, improving one's social skills. Becoming better in the sport also helps increase confidence.

Involvement

Local clubs can be found by visiting the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association website.

Equipment

The following equipment will be required:
• Basket with a backboard
• Basketballs

To take part in a competitive match specific sport wheelchairs need to be used.

Facts

  • In 1995 wheelchair basketball celebrated its 50th anniversary. The game was first played in the USA when basketball players injured during World War II adapted the running game to four wheels in order to continue their enjoyment in sport and particularly team sport.

Campaigns

Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

Local Programmes

School Games (Leicester-Shire & Rutland)

A unique opportunity to motivate and inspire young people to take part in more competitive school sport.

Local Contacts

Jay Popat

Club Development Manager, British Wheelchair Basketball

Telephone
01509 279900

Oli Mitchell

Education Development Officer, British Wheelchair Basketball

Telephone
01509 279900

Partners

  • British Heart Foundation
    Age UK L&R
    Rutland County Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • Sport England
    QUEST
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
    Leicester City Council
  • Melton Borough Council
    County Sport Network
    Loughborough University
    Blaby District Council
    Equality Standard
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Harborough District Council
    Leicestershire County Council
    Safeguarding

Partners

  • QUEST
    British Heart Foundation
  • Safeguarding
    Leicester City Council
  • Equality Standard
    Sport England
  • East Midlands Platform
    Rutland County Council
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Harborough District Council
  • County Sport Network
    Loughborough University
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Melton Borough Council
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • Age UK L&R