Haj Bhania has been appointed head coach after working with British Wheelchair Basketball for over 16 years, previously holding positions as the Great Britain Junior’s Head Coach, Great Britain men’s and women’s Assistant Coach and most recently Performance Programme Manager.
He is a very experienced coach and has been involved in the coaching setup for many years now not only coaching at International level but at club level with Aces Wheelchair Basketball Club since 1996.
Haj Bhania’s role will include leading and preparing the GB men’s team for international competitions, the development of elite players in Great Britain and overseeing the Academy to be based at Worcester University.
Haj Bhania said “I feel very privileged and honoured to have been chosen to head up the coaching team for the 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 that we will be a worldwide force in Wheelchair Basketball!”
British Wheelchair Basketball’s newly appointed Performance Director, Paul Davies said, “I am looking forward to working with Haj and delighted to have him as part of the Performance Team.
“The knowledge and skills he brings to the role is a huge asset to the programme. The dedication and commitment he has shown to British Wheelchair Basketball, the performance teams and the development of Wheelchair Basketball is undeniable.
“I hope together we will certainly be able to move forward to newer heights and reach our target of a medal in Rio 2016.”
Commenting on the GB women’s team vacant head coach position, British Wheelchair Basketball CEO, Charlie Bethel said, “Unfortunately we have not been able to find a suitable candidate to drive the GB women’s programme forward at this time, however we are now considering a variety of options, with an eye on the European Championships 2013 and the World Championships in 2014.”