Ace Aylesbury coach nets top job to head up GB’s wheelchair basketball

Haj Bhania issues instructions to wheelchair basketballers
Haj Bhania issues instructions to wheelchair basketballers

A wheelchair basketball coach has been rewarded with the top job in his sport after more than 17 years service to an Aylesbury team.

British Wheelchair Basketball has announced that Haj Bhania will be the Standard Life GB Men’s wheelchair basketball team head coach after impressing in his role as boss of Stoke Mandeville Stadium side Aces Wheelchair Basketball Club since 1996.

Bhania has previously held positions as the Great Britain Junior’s head coach, GB Men’s and Women’s assistant coach and most recently performance programme manager.

Bhania’s role will include leading and preparing the GB Men’s team for international competitions, the development of elite players and overseeing the Academy to be based at Worcester University.

A delighted Bhania said: “I feel very privileged and honoured to have been chosen to head up the coaching team for the Standard Life GB Men’s team.

“It is an enormous opportunity for me to progress as a coach and I am looking forward to meeting the challenges that will come with it.

“There is a vast talent pool of wheelchair basketball players in the country and we will be encouraging all to increase the selection competition and push the team to the next level. As well as helping develop other high level coaches and the quality of coaching in the country, we will be looking to ensure we will be a worldwide force in wheelchair basketball.”

British Wheelchair Basketball’s newly appointed performance director, Paul Davies said:“The dedication and commitment he has shown is undeniable.”