Raiders Wheelchair Basketball


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

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.

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 8-9pm team session (invite only).

Over the next couple of years the club is looking to continue growing and developing. The team has been promoted back into Division two this season after finishing 2nd in Division 3 South West this season. The club would like to continue increasing numbers at the club and get more people playing wheelchair basketball. 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. One of the clubs main aims is to raise awareness about wheelchair sports and who can play them.

Plymouth Raiders is in Division 2 South of the National League, and must ensure that the players on court at any one time do not exceed a total of 14.5 points.



Any inquires then please contact:

Phone: Aaron Blyth-Palk on (07867380975)
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Plymouth Raiders wheelchair basketball team

Who can play wheelchair basketball?

Both able bodied and disabled people can play wheelchair Basketball. People of all ages and experience are welcome to join our club. All Wheelchair Basketball players are classified according to their individual disability or physical impairment

Wheelchair basketball, based on the sport of basketball, introduces some adaptations to reflect the use of the wheelchair in the game, and to harmonise the different levels of disabilities players have.

All teams which compete above a recreational level use a classification system to evaluate the functional abilities of players on a point scale of 1 to 4.5. Minimally disabled athletes are classified as a 4.5, and an individual with the highest degree of disability (such as a paraplegic with a complete injury below the chest) would have the classification of 1.0. In places where teams are integrated, non disabled athletes compete as either a 4.5 in Canada or a 5.0 in Europe. Non-disabled athletes are not allowed to compete internationally.

Classification is an international regulation for playing wheelchair basketball, where competitions restrict the number of points allowable on the court at one time. The five players from each team on the court during play may not exceed a total of 14 points.

There are also allowances for first year players, junior players and female players.