Young Bears ready for start of Junior Leagues

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THE Bears from Warwickshire are gearing up for an epic weekend of wheelchair basketball, as the Lord’s Taverners Junior Leagues return for the 2018/19 season.

Tipping off this weekend in Livingston, Colwyn Bay and Newark, the junior league is a vital part of British Wheelchair Basketball’s hugely successful player pathway.

Every member of the current men and women’s Great Britain Junior squads has previously competed in the Lord’s Taverners Junior League and gone on to excel at international level. The GB Junior women’s team are two-time U24 European Champions and the current U25 World Champions, while the GB Junior men’s team are the current U23 World Champions.

The Lord’s Taverners Junior League is also critical in the selection of junior players to regional teams for School Games and Junior Championships.

British Wheelchair Basketball Participation Director, Jo Richards, said: “November welcomes the start of our junior competition season. The Lord’s Taverners Junior League is pivotal in underpinning the talent and skills development of young players within the UK.”

The league features 16 teams from across the UK, placed into five groups with teams playing each other over four weekends between November and March 2019.

On 27th April 2019, the top eight teams will compete in the ‘Elite 8’ competition to determine the two teams who will compete in the Lord’s Taverners Junior League Final Game at EIS Sheffield on Saturday 25th May 2019.