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.
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