Worcester Wolves have announced the first player signing ahead of the inaugural British Wheelchair Basketball Women’s Premier League.

The new league was announced in April 2021 and the Wolves have been busy behind the scenes preparing for their debut.

Now they have announced the signing of their first player, Sarah Hope.

Hope, a classification 4.5 athlete, joins from the Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy which she joined back in 2010.

In her time there she has won six league titles across the Women’s League Division One, National league Division Two and Division One South.

In February 2017 Hope earned her first call up to the Great Britain team and in 2018 she was part of the team that won a silver medal at the World Championships.

On Signing for the Worcester Wolves, Hope said: “I'm really excited to be playing in the inaugural season of WPL with Worcester Wolves.

“I used to watch the Wolves BBL team play and now being back here, on this court, seems like a coming home.

“I can't think of a better club or group of girls to share this experience with.”

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Worcester Wolves’ managing director, Mick Donovan, is excited by the signing and believes Hope will bring a wealth of experience, both on and off the court.

He said: “We are delighted to welcome Sarah to the Wolves.

“Already, she has shown leadership both on and off the court and we are sure that she will be an integral part of the team and very popular with our Wolves fans.”

The league is not only the first professional para-sport league in the UK but also the first of its kind for women’s’ wheelchair basketball in the world.

The University of Worcester will serve as one of four High-Performance Partnerships, which also include Cardiff Metropolitan University, Loughborough University and the University of East London.

Worcester Wolves have stated that further announcements will be made over the coming weeks.