Hoops project on a roll for wheelchair basketball

William Taylor prepares for a match with the Roller Devils. Photo: Supplied

The Roller Devils Wheelchair Basketball Program is courting new players, including people who use wheelchairs – and those who don’t.

The program, run by the Werribee Basketball Association and open to women and men, offers participants the use of a basketball wheelchair if they do not already own one.

Anyone can join the team, whether they use a wheelchair full-time, sometimes or not at all.

The association has worked with Basketball Victoria to re-develop the Roller Devils program, which was previously run by an outside group.

The association re-launched the program in April, including the hiring of junior representative coach Jason Bryant.

The Roller Devils program includes a weekly 90-minute session that is split into a 45-minute coaching period with Bryant and a 45-minute game between participants.

The training sessions include skills, drills and tactics, while the game is a full-length match.

The Werribee Basketball Association is hoping to develop the Roller Devils program into a competition that will run alongside its other competitions.

The Roller Devils program runs from 7.30pm on Thursdays at Eagle Stadium, Ballan Road, Werribee. Cost: $160 per term including a Werribee Devils player singlet.

Details: werribeebasketball.com/roller-devils/ or 9742 5440.