London Titans Wheelchair Basketball Club is 30 years old, we are the largest and most successful Southern England club. Running 6 teams across 3 London venues, in the boroughs of Waltham Forest, Ealing, and our home venue Harrow. Our members are 7 - 50 years old and we currently field teams in every division of the National League from Premier to Fourth, Women’s, and Junior League. We have produced over 50 GB players and over 250 players to date. Current GB stars such as Helen Freeman, Gaz Choudary, and Simon Brown all began their careers with us, working their way up through the divisions from the development teams.
Sport or at least access to sport is something most of us take for granted, for disabled people it is not nearly so accessible, but at London Titans, we believe in the power of sport and its ability to transform life’s, we call this #TitanPride. Providing an environment where people socialise, gain confidence, and all the health benefits you would expect from this fast-paced and physically demanding sport. Our pride impacts every aspect of our team’s lives, their family, and friends.
Then March 2020 came, and everything stood still. As the news unfolded over the coming days and weeks, we realised that the season would end prematurely. This may have been a gift for some clubs however, for the London Titans it was a disappointing setback that would rob us of the sport we love. Nevertheless, the Titan's spirit was not to be derailed so easily. Our committee, supporters, and players got behind the “new normal” and with great team spirit, we began a creative campaign to keep our sport, and the Club, ahead of the game. Over the last six months, Titans participate in many ‘firsts’ for wheelchair basketball. Leading the way within our sporting community - the Don’t Rush Challenge which inspired so many clubs around the world, including the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation and our very own British Wheelchair Basketball. We have also kept our under 18s active with weekly Saturday morning virtual training sessions since April, keeping our young players connected and supported during this time, as well as weekly drop-in sessions for the club to chat through any issues from nutrition during lockdown to international player interviews. The training session have been open to the wider club and are available for all online whilst we plan for getting back on court.
We are now in that planning stage of getting back to our training venues to restart face to face training on indoor courts, working closely with our governing body BWB. With all our major fundraising events over the summer canceled, we are looking for support to purchase required safety packs – masks, wipes, hand sanitiser, visors for our team etc. in order for us to get back to the sport we love, reconnect our players and keep our members active.