Information about the Archers Wheelchair Basketball Club
Welcome to the Archers Wheelchair Basketball Club website!
We are a thriving, vibrant and friendly Club with weekly training sessions in Cardiff and Caerphilly.
We started as a very small group of dedicated individuals (in 2002) and have gone from strength to strength since those small beginnings.
We are currently hosting one competitive team in the 1st division of the Great Britain National League. We also support a number of junior teams.
There is something for everyone at Archers Wheelchair Basketball Club!
We have a progressive and enthusiastic Committee which is dedicated to offering Wheelchair Basketball opportunities to everyone who is interested in being involved. We are always aiming to progress and build (whilst having as much fun as possible!) and be the best Club we can be.
We'd love to hear from you if you are interested in getting involved (as a player, volunteer or official) - we have lots to offer! There's lots more information about the Club and the sport of wheelchair basketball on these pages - but please get in touch if you have any further queries. And PLEASE come along to support us at our home games...entry is free to all our matches
If you fancy "having a go" we would love to hear from you - new players are ALWAYS welcome.
Spectators are always welcome but if you would like to join in on your first visit to training please contact us first.
We look forward to hearing from you.
The Archers Wheelchair Basketball Club began approx 14 years ago (in 2002) as the Cardiff Bay Tigers. However, it was not until the 2006/07 season that the Club was ready to enter teams in the Great Britain National League - it took that long to build up a core base of players and raise the funds necessary to buy the basketball wheelchairs that are needed for people to participate.
During 2006 the Club changed dramatically. It began with moving from its original venue, in Cardiff Bay, to Coleg Glan Hafren's Trowbridge Campus and, as part of that move, the Club became part of the Cardiff CELTS Basketball Academy.
2006 also saw the Club benefit from signing Cardiff's Wheelchair Basketball paralympian, Caroline Matthews - who now coaches at the Club.
The Club initially launched two competitive teams (into the 3rd and 4th Divisions of the Great Britain National League) and both teams were incredibly successful in their inaugural seasons.
The Club's success was recognised at the end of the 2006/2007 season with the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association awarding the Club the rarely bestowed "Best Performing New Club Award".
2007 continued to be an amazing year for the CELTS with Holly Hinchey, one of the Club's coaches at the time, being awarded the Sports Council for Wales' Coach of the Year 2007 in the "Coach to Disabled Persons : Participation" class.
The Club's two teams continued to perform well in the 3rd and 4th divisions of the GB National League. The CELTS first team moved from mid-table towards the top of the table over the next couple of seasons, whilst the second team consistently dominated the Development Division
2009 was another amazing year for the CELTS - our first team was promoted to the 2nd Division of the Great Britain National League...AND the CELTS Wheelchair Basketball Club was awarded the Disability Sport Wales's Clubmark accreditation. These achievements reflected the dedication of the Committee to making the Club a safe and friendly environment where individuals can receive quality coaching and have specific player pathways enabling them to learn and enjoy basketball - and reach their full potential.
2010 saw the Club continue to grow and expand and we began to run regular training sessions in both Cardiff and Caerphilly. The 2010-11 season was truely ground-breaking for the CELTS. The first team got promoted to the first division and the CELTS entered teams into the first, third and fourth divisions for the 2011-2012 season (as well as the U19 and U15 teams). The 2011-2012 season was no less impressive...CELTS 1 remained in Division 1 for a second season and CELTS 2 secured promotion to Division 2.
2012-13 saw both of our competitive teams continue to play in the first and second divisions for a further year. Both of the Club's competitive teams were demoted at the end of the 2013-2014 season and we enjoyed a supremely successful 2014-2015 season. Paralympian Phil Pratt returned to the Club for the season and our first team secured promotion back to Division 1!
The Club continued to support teams in the First and Third Divisions of the National League throughout the 2015-2016 season and both teams had successful seasons.
The summer of 2016 has seen the Club undergo another massive transformation...we have formed a new partnership with Cardiff Met Archers Basketball Club!! Consequently, we have renamed from CELTS to Cardiff Met Archers Wheelchair Basketball or Archers WB for short!! This is really exciting for the Club - the Cardiff Met Archers Basketball programme is a well established and very successful basketball outfit and it is with great pride that we announce our partnership. It will also allow a much closer link with the Cardiff Met Student University Wheelchair Basketball team that the Club supported last year.
We are now getting ready for the start of the 2016-17 season. This year we are supporting a team in the first Division and are very excited about expanding and developing our Club under the Cardiff Met Archers umbrella.
There really is something for everyone at the Archers Wheelchair Basketball Club (whatever your current standard)!
If you would like to get involved with the Club, as a player or volunteer or supporter, NOW is the perfect time to get involved and we'd love to hear from you!