Wheelchair Basketballers studying at the University of Nottingham join a well established performance programme . The team compete in the BUCS Premier (the highest level of student wheelchair basketball in the U.K).

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Performance Wheelchair Basketball

Why Nottingham?

At the University of Nottingham we've invested in our Wheelchair basketball programme to provide a leading high-performance environment for student-athletes.

Students train and play at the £40m David Ross Sports Village which boast:

  • 4x indoor adjacent indoor basketball courts;
  • State-of-the-art High Performance Zone;
  • On-site recovery services such as sports massage and hydrotherapy;
  • State of the art Shoot-A-Way 10k shooting machine with in-built shot tracking/coaching app. HomeCourt is an AI based shot analysis app and skills trainer, which can be used in conjunction with the machine to identify weaknesses and work on shooting form.

In 2021, the team were crowned National Champions, winning the the BUCS Championship in Nottingham. The team continues to thrive with the addition of new coach Joe Bestwick and players having the opportunity to play and compete up-and-down the country.

A number of players also balance their dual-career ambitions with playing externally for Wheelchair basketball teams around the U.K.

Wheelchair Basketball at the University of Nottingham

Supporting our student-athletes

Our Performance Facilities


High Performance Zone for Strength & Conditioning

done Heated Hydrotherapy Pool and ice bath for rehab and recovery

Video and Data Performance Analysis

done On-site Sports Injury Clinic with specialist sports physiotherapy, sports massage support and plunge pool

National League and European Wheelchair Basketball

As well as having the opportunity to compete in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Championships, scholars will also be able to compete in the British Wheelchair Basketball League, with 13 National League clubs within between forty minutes and two hours' drive of the university.

This would allow scholars to compete not only in nine BUCS matches, plus any number of friendly matches for the university squad, but up to an additional sixteen British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB) National League games, providing competition in a variety of environments.

Should student-athletes be interested in continuing their basketball career professionally once they have completed their studies, Nottingham’s great transport links mean they would be within two hours' drive of four airports, providing easy access to visit many of Europe’s top professional clubs, allowing scholars to make more informed choices about which club has the potential best fit for them.

Having played professionally in Europe for fifteen years, Head Coach Joe Bestwick is also well placed to advise scholars about the pros and cons of playing in Europe and can help provide contacts to a variety of programmes across the continent.

These connections make the University of Nottingham a perfect choice for scholars who wish to have a career playing professionally in Europe, but who are also serious about planning for their life after sport. The university is ideally placed for home-based athletes to experience potentially their first taste of elite level facilities and training, alongside the BWB Talent Pathway, before transitioning into a professional club, while simultaneously providing a stepping stone for internationally based athletes to experience living in the Europe and playing high-level wheelchair basketball, whilst not compromising on their education.

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