10th Dec, 2016

Wheelchair basketball team on the hunt for new home

Stratford Editorial 19th Nov, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A WHEELCHAIR basketball team have been left ‘devastated’ by the news Henley College is set to close as it could leave them without a home.

Warwickshire Bears basketball team train at the college every week and also play matches there at weekends.

But they are now on the hunt for a new home after it was revealed the college will be closing its doors next June due to dwindling student numbers.

Head coach Tom Masterson said: “It is a major blow to the club as we now need to try and find a new home venue that can also accommodate storage of the wheelchairs plus club equipment and that has availability for practice nights and games at weekends.

“It is going to be a major challenge to find anywhere.”

The coach has looked into alternative venues but is struggling to find any which are wheelchair friendly and have the space and time available for the club, which has been running for 13 years.

He added: “It could even mean we may be forced to look at other regions which is the last thing we want to do as all the players feel extremely proud to represent Warwickshire.

“It could also mean the loss of another disabled sports club in this area but I will keep trying to find somewhere as long as I can.”

College bosses announced the closure last month due to limited transport links, which meant students from Solihull and Stratford had trouble getting to the college.

Courses, along with college staff and students are being relocated to Warwickshire College’s other sites in Leamington and Moreton Morrell when Henley shuts its doors next year.

But sports teams using the hall will have to find alternative venues to use.

Anyone who can help the Warwickshire Bears is asked to call Tom on 07946 518354.