Wheelchair basketball

Undoubtedly the ultimate para sport – wheelchair basketball delivers as both a team sport and an incredible spectator experience. Fast and furious, with speed and skill delivered in abundance by the rising stars of junior wheelchair basketball.

This sport gripped the nation at the Paralympics and wheelchair basketball is a firm favourite in the School Games roster; it offers spectators the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the sports future Paralympic elite. 

Now one of the leading blue-ribbon Paralympic sports and played competitively world-wide, its classification systems sees Wheelchair Basketball embrace a range of disabilities whilst also welcoming non-disabled players in domestic competitions; the UK’s wheelchair basketball community continues to grow both on and off the court.

Wheelchair Basketball has been included at the Summer Paralympics since the inaugural Games in Rome in 1960. Paralympics GB have enjoyed plenty of success at the event with the men winning eight medals – three silver and five bronze. In fact, the men have won bronze at three of the last four Paralympics, only missing out, ironically, in London in 2012. 

The Wheelchair Basketball World Championships have been held since 1973 and currently take place every four years.

Wheelchair basketball at the 2021 School Games

Forty-eight athletes from across England, Scotland and Wales will represent their country/region in the 3x3 Wheelchair Basketball competition.

Starting with the opening pool stage games on Friday 3 September, there will be three-days of non-stop 3x3 Wheelchair Basketball action on the Loughborough courts, with the 3x3 format being played at the School Games for the first time, along with separate boys’ and girls’ competitions, a change from the mixed competition in recent years.

Always a highlight on the BWB calendar, this multi-sport events aims to spring-board athletes to greater heights in their sporting careers with nearly half of the 24 athletes selected to represent ParalympicsGB at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games competing at the School Games during their junior careers.

This year will once again feature many of the UK’s brightest Wheelchair Basketball young talents including athletes who are part of the GBR Academy and players who have starred for their clubs in BWB Junior League and other domestic competitions. Some athletes will be playing their first competitive game with the competition featuring athletes aged 13 to 18.

What's on

Thursday 2 September

No events

Friday 3 September

Saturday 4 September

Sunday 5 September

Timetable

Friday 3 September 2021

Netball Centre, Loughborough University
09:00 Pool - Male England North v England South
09:30 Pool - Female England North v England Pink
10:00 Pool - Male England Green v England Pink
10:30 Pool - Female England Orange v Wales
11:00 Pool - Male Scotland White v Scotland Blue
13:00 Pool - Female England North v England Orange
13:30 Pool - Male England Pink v Wales
14:00 Pool - Female Wales v England Pink
14:30 Pool - Male England North v England Green
15:00 Pool - Female England North v Wales
15:30 Pool - Male England South v Scotland White
16:00 Pool - Female England Pink v England Orange
16:30 Pool - Male Wales v England North
17:00 Pool - Male Scotland Blue v England Pink
17:30 Pool - Male England South v Wales
18:00 Pool - Male England Green v Scotland White

Saturday 4 September 2021

Netball Centre, Loughborough University
09:00 Pool - Male England South v Scotland Blue
09:30 Pool - Female England Pink v England North
10:00 Pool - Male England North v England Pink
10:30 Pool - Female England Orange v Wales
11:00 Pool - Male England Green v Scotland Blue
11:30 Pool - Female England North v England Orange
13:00 Pool - Male Wales v Scotland White
13:30 Pool - Female Wales v England Pink
14:00 Pool - Male England Pink v England South
14:30 Pool - Female England North v Wales
15:00 Pool - Male Scotland White v England North
15:30 Pool - Female England Orange v England Pink
16:00 Pool - Male England Green v Wales
16:30 Pool - Male Scotland Blue v England North
17:00 Pool - Male England South v England Green
17:30 Pool - Male England Pink v Scotland White
18:00 Pool - Male Wales v Scotland Blue

Sunday 5 September 2021

Netball Centre, Loughborough University
08:30 Male 5th-7th 5th v 6th
09:00 Male 5th-7th 6th v 7th
09:30 Male 5th-7th 7th v 5th
10:00 Female SF1 1st v 4th
10:30 Male SF1 1st v 4th
11:00 Female SF2 2nd v 3rd
11:30 Male SF2 2nd v 3rd
12:30 Male Bronze Loser SF1 v Loser SF2
13:30 Female Bronze Loser SF1 v Loser SF2
14:00 Male Final Winner SF1 v Winner SF2
14:30 Female Final Winner SF1 v Winner SF2

Did you know?

  • Wheelchair Basketball became increasingly popular after World War II, as many injured veterans took up the sport as part of a rehabilitation program. It has continued to be a popular sport for even more athletes who use wheelchairs and even those who do not need wheelchairs.
  • At the Rio 2016 Paralympics the average age of our Women’s GB Squad was just 22, with Katie Morrow, Northern Ireland School Games alumni as the youngest female player at just 16 years old.
  • Basketball wheelchairs are designed for greater stability, with lower seats and wheels that are angled outward, making it more difficult for the chair to be tipped over. Chairs may also be designed differently depending on the player's position.