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Wheelchair Basketball

Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association

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01509 279900

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2018 National School Games

Thu, 30 Aug 2018 - Sun, 02 Sep 2018

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.


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.


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


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.


  • 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.

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

01509 279900

Oli Mitchell

Education Development Officer, British Wheelchair Basketball

01509 279900


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