Manchester Giants are pleased to announce its new partnership with the Manchester Mavericks wheelchair basketball club.

The Mavericks, who were found in 1991, will re-brand to Manchester Giants Mavericks and provide opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to play wheelchair basketball.

The club has a rich history and has produced many Paralympic athletes that have represented the home nations and GB teams, currently there are two teams with the aim to grow the club especially at the youth level.

Giants chief executive, John Dwan, said: “As Manchester Giants continues to grow its community outreach, with our well established junior basketball and netball sections, the college academy with Manchester College and a host of school partnerships it was a natural next step to bring wheelchair basketball into the Giants family.

“We have already supported Mavericks to source funding for a long term youth development plan, develop more specialised coaches / officials, initiate new youth sessions / teams and we will be supplying brand new kit with our partners at Kappa.

“The opportunities that our new facility at George H Carnall Sports Centre bring in the longer term mean we can accommodate everyone within our club, and we look forward to joining forces with Dean and the Mavericks team and assisting them with driving forward.”

Dean Cavanagh, Chair of Manchester Mavericks said: “Both clubs have worked well together over recent years and the next step was to develop the partnership officially. The Mavericks are delighted to have joined the Manchester Giants family.

“This is a real opportunity for us to take wheelchair basketball to the next level whilst increasing opportunities to deliver wheelchair basketball for the Giants.”