First International Wheelchair Basketball Camp in Scotland Celebrates Success
basketballscotland recently hosted Scotland’s first-ever International Wheelchair Basketball Camp, bringing together athletes and coaches from various countries around the world.
Over five action-packed days, athletes engaged in a supportive and empowering environment, focused on enhancing skills and techniques at a performance level. The camp’s primary objective was to elevate athletes’ performance, transforming it into a true high-performance event. Rigorous training sessions, expert coaching, and intense games exposed athletes to reach new heights.
At the helm of the camp was Head Coach Janet Zeltinger, who is considered one of the world’s best wheelchair basketball players. Zeltinger’s expertise and passion enriched the experience for all participants, fostering motivation and elevating their performance.
Joined by Paralympian and GB Wheelchair Basketball player, Joe Bestwick, Scotland’s Senior Wheelchair Men Head Coach, Mark Stevenson, and other esteemed wheelchair coaches, the camp thrived on the invaluable contributions of these experts. Their presence elevated training standards and inspired athletes to surpass their limits. The coaches not only enhanced technical skills but also implanted vital life lessons about perseverance, teamwork, and the pursuit of excellence.
Our athletes not only worked on on-court skills but also off-court development. Scotland internationalist and UNES FC Barcelona player, Ben Leitch, shared in-depth insights on sports physiology and nutrition as the camp’s Strength and Conditioning Specialist. All athletes started their training towards their Level One Table Official Qualification, enhancing their comprehension of the technical aspects of the game and providing them with valuable opportunities to expand their knowledge and actively engage with the sport from a fresh perspective.
The camp presented an opportunity to host two exciting international games between Scotland and Ireland, signifying a momentous milestone for several of our players. These games marked a significant milestone for some of our players, who experienced the thrill of representing Scotland at an international level for the very first time. These games also served as a significant step towards re-establishing the prestigious Wheelchair Celtic Cup.
Athletes utilized their downtime not only to socialize and forge new connections with players from other countries, but also to rejuvenate their bodies through rest and recovery. Their unwavering commitment to learning and enhancing their skills during the camp is a true testament to their dedication and passion for the game.
The camp took place at sportscotland’s National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde in Largs, a facility offering state-of-the-art amenities unparalleled in multiple sports. With world-class indoor courts, fully equipped strength and conditioning facilities, and exceptional accessible accommodation, the centre provided everything athletes needed to excel. The centre’s top-notch cafeteria served athletes with tailored breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, ensuring they received plenty of fuel for high-intensity training sessions. Meeting rooms and a gym complemented the indoor court, offering comprehensive support for both on-court and off-court activities.
Feeling nostalgic about the camp already? Longing to relive the experience? We are thrilled to announce the dates for the 2024 International Wheelchair Basketball Camp: July 1st – 5th, 2024.
If you are interested in attending the 2024 International Wheelchair Camp for yourself or your daughter/son, please complete this form. By submitting form, you guarantee a spot at camp when registrations open in September.