Plymouth Storm was founded back in October 2011 when Aaron Blyth-Palk and Richie Bolgiani believed that there was the need for a wheelchair basketball team to be started again in Plymouth. At the time there was only one other club in the county and that was Exeter Otters, which several people from Plymouth made the weekly trip to train with them. The club started off with 10 players and the numbers stayed around that for the first couple seasons.
In 2012 it saw the club enter the National league division 3 for the first time and claim a very respectful 2nd place for its first season. The following season saw Storm finish 2nd place again but this year claiming promotion to division 2, unfortunately it was too much for the Plymouth based team and they were relegated the following season back down to division 3. Last season Plymouth Storm claimed another 2nd place finish but this didn’t result in promotion unfortunately. The current season see Storm currently sat 2nd with five games remaining.
The last couple years has seen the club numbers slowly increase with the club, there are currently 17 regular members that turn up on a weekly basis. We currently have a mixture of ages ranging from 12 to 55 years old, with both male and female playing. The club is always looking to increase participation numbers within disability sports and get more people involved with playing wheelchair basketball.
Over the next couple of years the club is looking to continue growing and developing. The team would like to push and claim promotion back into division two where we have unfinished business and to show what the team can really do. The club would also like to increase its junior and female numbers and work towards having a female and/or junior team in the near future. We also would like to work with schools and the community more closely than we do at present to help boost awareness about disability and the options people have to continue playing sport and socialising.
The club train and play games at the University of St Mark & St John and have done for the past couple of seasons. The facilities are fantastic and are constantly being reviewed and improved to help with accessibility. The team currently train on a Thursday night: 7-8pm Development session (all welcome) and 8-10pm team session (invite only).
Any inquires then please contact Aaron Blyth-Palk on (07867380975) or via email [email protected]
We also have a website plymouthstorm.org.uk and are on Facebook Plymouth storm wheelchair basketball team