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Wheelchair Basketball Academy

Entry Requirements:

The programme will be based around Wheelchair Basketball and offered to students who use a manual wheelchair and are eligible under the International Wheelchair Basketball Association (IWBF) classification criteria. An Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan may be needed through your Local Authority. 

Programme Outline:

University of Worcester and The Albion Foundation are working in partnership with QAC. The programme will give students the opportunity to develop as a wheelchair Basketball player and to provide a player pathway from playing in Regional, National and International competition.

You will train for 12 hours per week which is the recommended time to become an elite performer. Key partners will deliver the specific sporting qualifications to students. QAC will be responsible for teaching the theory of the course in sports leadership, independence, employment and functional skills.

QAC will ensure the highest quality of achievement is maintained to maximise future success and progress for all students on the programme.

The home of the Wheelchair Basketball Academy will be the University of Worcester Arena:

  • Former training base for GB Wheelchair Basketball teams in preparation for the Paralympic Games 2016
  • Host of the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships 2015
  • Host of the Senior British Wheelchair Basketball Championship on several occasions
  • Host of the Junior British Wheelchair Basketball Championship on several occasions
  • Host of the Regional and National Inclusive Zone Basketball finals on several occasions
  • Home of the Worcester Wolves BBL team and Worcester Wolves Wheelchair Basketball club
  • Winner of the Guardian newspaper ‘Building that Inspires’ Award

Typical Week:

Monday

The University of Worcester with the support of the Albion Foundation to lead Wheelchair Basketball programme based at University of Worcester Arena.

Tuesday

The University of Worcester with the support of the Albion Foundation to lead Wheelchair Basketball (am) followed by Basketball qualifications/strength conditioning and related studies (pm).

Wednesday to Friday

You will be based at QAC for a timetabled programme of vocational qualifications, independence, functional and employment skills; support subjects as required by each individual.

Why study with QAC, University of Worcester and The Albion Foundation?

By joining the Academy, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Be a member of a unique, ground-breaking elite sport performance programme
  • Be coached by experienced and qualified Basketball Association and Wheelchair Basketball coaches
  • Be part of a coaching pathway from regional to National to International
  • Achieve nationally accredited qualifications at Level 1 to 3
  • Join a coaching pathway from volunteer through to potential paid work as a sports coach
  • Have access to specialist support services such as sports therapy, mentoring, performance analysis, strength and conditioning
  • Participate in generic disability sports workshops
  • Become a volunteer at local Basketball clubs, schools, councils and other disability sports organisations within the work experience elements of the Academy

Get in Touch 

If you would like to be part of this unique, ground breaking elite sport performance programme please contact Kanchan Rajput-Goode at Queen Alexandra College on 0121 428 5050 for more information about the academic elements and funding process (an Education, Health and Care plan may be needed through your Local Authority). 

For more information about the elite sport element of the programme, please contact Glyn Harding at University of Worcester on 01905 855 509 and g.harding@worc.ac.uk or Paul Hunt at The Albion Foundation on 07984 610 283 and paul.hunt@albionfoundation.co.uk

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