Lord’s Taverners Junior League Finals Preview
The nation’s aspiring wheelchair basketball stars will compete in the Lord’s Taverners Junior League finals on Saturday 22 April 2017 at the University of Worcester Arena. Great Britain’s young wheelchair basketball elite will travel to Worcester to decide which teams will claim victory in the U15 and U19 divisions.
The sixteen qualifying teams, eight from each division, secured their Finals places by bringing home exceptional results over the 2016/17 Junior League season.
The Lord’s Taverners Junior League is widely acknowledged as the largest league of its kind in the world, and responsible for honing the skills of many of our current GB Paralympians. Rio stars including Gregg Warburton, Phil Pratt, Sophie Cargill and Amy Conroy are just four of the fifteen GB players who have previously competed in the prestigious Lord’s Taverners Junior League.
On Saturday the U19’s competition will see Rio Paralympian’s Joy Haizelden (CWBA), Katie Morrow (NI) and Charlotte Moore (CWBA) take to court.
Team Manager and Tornado Kings U15’s Coach Jacqueline Scoins-Cass was delighted at the team’s qualification through to the 2017 finals and commented:
“The Lord’s Taverners Junior League is essential to nurturing young wheelchair basketball talent into the sport. We need to keep looking to the next generation and constantly provide playing opportunities to engage them with the sport. These young people will aspire to be our GB athletes, team coaches, players and team managers of the future.’
“We are working hard to attract young players to our teams – the Junior League provides our players with a competitive playing environment against their peers. Our qualification to the finals was gained through hard work and skill by all of our players. I would like to thank them, their families and all the volunteers for the weekends dedicated to their sport.”
Lord’s Taverners, Director of Charitable Programmes, Nicky Pemberton, also added: “It is a real privilege for the Lord’s Taverners to support British Wheelchair Basketball’s Junior Programme. We are extremely proud to be able offer junior players of all ages and abilities the support to be able to access this phenomenal sport. It seems incredible that we are once again approaching the Junior League finals in Worcester.
“We are keen to address any barriers facing young people who want to access sport – our sports wheelchair programme offers young people the opportunity to apply for funding to purchase a chair, either directly or via their club.”