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Bears seeking new den; WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL.

WARWICKSHIRE Bears are looking for a new home next year following the announcement that Henley College is to close.

Tom Masterson, head coach of the club which has stepped up to Division Two South of the British Wheelchair Basketball League this term, said: "It is a major blow to the club as we need to now try to find a new home venue that can also accommodate the storage of the wheelchairs plus club equipment and that has availability for practice nights as well as hosting games at weekends.

"As you can see from the list of requirements it is going to be a major challenge to find anywhere.

"It could even mean that 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." On the court, Bears were given a tough introduction to live at the higher level when they went down 52-33 at Norwich Lowriders.

The home side opted to double defending Bears' key player Ben Haigh thoughout the match and the match took a decisive turn in the final quarter when - with Bears in touch at 38-33 - he was adjuged to have fouled five times and had to leave the court.

"We were poor today and never showed the abilities we had last season," said Masterson. "Hopefully it was a wake up call to how difficult the season is going to be. We were also missing some players through injury and absence but hopefully, we will be stronger at our next fixture." Bears' scorers: Haigh 13 pts, Webster 9, Powell 4, Tiwana 3, Beach 2. Anyone who can suggest a suitable new venue can contact Masterson on 07946 518 354.


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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 26, 2015
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