Cheshire Phoenix Wheelchair Basketball Club are making a rallying call to anyone from the Chester, Cheshire and North Wales areas that is interested in becoming one of the latest recruits to the forthcoming development league squad.
The club, formed in 2014 as part of a partnership between the former Celtic Warriors side and the current professional BBL side, Cheshire Phoenix, are on the lookout for players with lower playing point classification in order to compete at this particular level, with the campaign set to start in September.
Wheelchair basketball classification is based on the players' functional capacity to complete the skills necessary to play - pushing, pivoting, shooting, rebounding, dribbling, passing and catching. It is not an assessment of a player's level of skill, merely their functional capacity to complete the task.
The Phoenix WBC have made a huge impact in the local community already since their formation, and boast a number of players that have made an impact at national and international tournaments, but are now focused on giving opportunities to new untapped talent to play and become part of a long-lasting professional programme.
Phoenix WBC head coach and GB international Anna Jackson said: "Wheelchair basketball is a truly inclusive sport and we need more players with lower limb disabilities to join the club, are you an former athlete who has had to retire from 'running' sports, or if were you born with a physical disability then this is the sport for you. We just see the wheelchairs as sports equipment, as once you are in a chair everyone is the same.
"Our club has had a great first year and has lots of keen new players but we need more players with lower limb disabilities to join the squad to enable us to enter a 4th Division team in the league this season.
"We have been training hard and the next step for the club is to enter the league but we need players so if anyone is interested in having a go just give us a shout. Even if you are reading this and you may not feel that you tick the boxes to be part of the development league roster, if there are other family, friends or work colleagues you think may be interested in the sport, introducing them is just as helpful and important for a club desperate to represent our local community and give opportunities to all."
Those interested are asked to contact Anna Jackson directly on 07711 356541 or firstname.lastname@example.org , or for more details about the sport and the team visit www.cheshirephoenixwbc.co.uk , on Facebook ( facebook.com/CheshirePhoenixWBC ) and also on Twitter (@PhoenixWBC).