Next generation of Paralympians clash in Lord’s Taverners Junior League
This weekend the third and final round of the Lord’s Taverners Wheelchair Basketball Junior League 2016/17 season will take place across the UK.
Over three hundred junior players will meet in Manchester, Nottingham and London on Saturday 18 March to decide which teams will earn their places at the Junior League Finals held in Worcester in April. The League is considered by many to be crucial to the talent development pathway for aspiring GB performance team members.
The impact of the League was clear to see at the Rio Paralympics with the majority of the Women’s GB team having honed their skills in the Lord’s Taverners Junior League. Also, many of the men’s team debutant Paralympians also progressed through this league including Rio star and U23 GB Men’s Captain Gregg Warburton.
All eyes will be on this round of the Lord’s Taverners Junior League as the wheelchair basketball world is gearing up to make selections for the 2017 School Games and the Lord’s Taverners National Junior Championships (taking place in August 2017). Talent scouts for these events will have a keen eye on the young talent fielded by many National League clubs this weekend.
British Wheelchair Basketball Talent Development Officer, Simon Fisher, is excited about the 2016/17 Lord’s Taverners Junior League, commenting: “This League is truly a melting pot for exciting new talent in the wheelchair basketball world. These players have the opportunity to play at a national level against juniors of all abilities. This dedicated league delivers our junior players essential court time, the opportunity to develop their playing skills and also build their confidence in their own ability.”
The top two teams from each region, and in each age category, will progress to the Lord’s Taverners Junior League Finals taking place on Saturday 22 April. The League showcases true world-class talent with the 2015/16 Junior League Champions U19’s Team Wolverhampton WBC fielding GB women’s squad members Charlotte Moore and Joy Haizelden.
British Wheelchair Basketball is the National Governing Body for wheelchair basketball in the UK, and the nation’s largest provider of regular physical activity for wheelchair users.
Responsible for the sport from grassroots to elite, BWB is responsible for creating and delivering quality opportunities for players across the UK in order to obtain the best possible performances for teams clubs and each and every member. Since the sport’s inclusion in the Paralympic Games in 1960, the GB Wheelchair Basketball Teams have made it the most successful British Olympic and Paralympic team sport: 3 silver medals (1960, 1964 & 1996) and five bronze medals (1960, 1968, 2004, 2008 & 2016).
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