WheelPower National Junior Games 2024

Event Details


25 to 28 June 2024




Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury, HP21 9PP

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The WheelPower National Junior Games is an annual sports event held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement.

The Games are a great way for children with physical disabilities to discover sport in a safe, welcoming and friendly environment, combining taster sessions with coaching and competition in a range of different age groups.

Current Paralympics GB stars Alfie Hewett (tennis), Jess Stretton (archery) and David Weir (athletics) took part in the National Junior Games on their road to success and thousands of children and young people have achieved sporting success and led a healthy active life as a result of taking part in this extraordinary event.

Who is the National Junior Games suitable for?

Physically disabled young people aged between 11-18.

What happens at WheelPower’s National Junior Games?

The National Junior Games is a residential sports event where young people have an opportunity to try a variety of wheelchair sports including; tennis, rugby, basketball, fencing, boccia, table tennis, badminton, powerchair football, rowing, shooting, canoeing, hand cycling, athletics, swimming, and archery.

The ethos of the Games is to “Achieve your Personal Best”. Participants will experience high-quality coaching from qualified coaches before taking part in fun challenges, with the aim being to achieve their personal best throughout the week.


Who looks after the young people?

Young people will attend as part of a school group or with a parent.

What is the cost?

  • Registration fee per teacher/parent/participant requiring accommodation = £75 each
  • Registration fee per participant without accommodation = £35 each
  • Registration fee per teacher/parent without accommodation = £6 each

The Sports 

In 2023 we had the following sports on offer:

  • Archery, Athletics (Field), Badminton, Boccia, Bowls, Canoeing, Cricket, Fencing, Handcycling, Handigolf, Powerchair Football, Rowing, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Racing, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Slalom, Wheelchair Tennis.

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The life changing memories that come from taking part in the WheelPower National Junior Games would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters. Thank you to the Kentown Wizard Foundation for their ongoing support, and for helping us to transform the lives of hundreds of disabled children through sport.

The Kentown Wizard Foundation is based in Blackpool and was set up by philanthropist Kenneth Townsley in 2015. The Foundation’s mission is to have a positive and enduring impact on the lives of children and young adults with life-threatening conditions and serious disabilities. They do this, by making grants to UK-registered charities whose aims and values align with their own and to date, have successfully gifted over £19,000,000. www.kentownwizard.org

2023 National Junior Games Recap

Last June over 90 children aged from 11-18 took part in the 2023 WheelPower National Junior Games and over the course of the week were able to try 19 different sports and achieve their personal best scores through a variety of fun and exciting challenges. Check out the photos and hear from some of those who took part:

2023 NJG Stories     Check out the Flickr Album 

National Junior Games 2023

Contact us

If you have any questions about the 2024 event please contact the WheelPower Sports Team. Email: sport@wheelpower.org.uk Phone: 01296 395995 or check out our FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Participants View

“I really enjoyed taking part in all the activities. My favourites were badminton, dance, and tennis. I met many great kids and I will have so much to talk about later on.” (Natalia, from Essex)

“I have Cerebral Palsy and I can’t walk very far, so I use a wheelchair most of the time and play wheelchair sports. I was really excited about coming to the Games and its been a really great experience. Its my first time here and I’ve tried loads of difference sports that I’ve never tried before. I quite liked wheelchair rugby, I did fencing this morning and badminton as well so might continue those in the future.” (Jamie, 16 from Reading)

“Playing sport gives me freedom, you haven’t got anyone judging you. You are playing with people who have similar disabilities to you, so you can feel like you can be you and have so much fun and you forget about everything else that is going on in your life. I would definitely recommend this event to anybody who what to try new sports. It’s been a really great experience and I think a lot of other people should try it.” (Chloe, 16 from Worthing)

“Sport is very important to me, and not only from a physical point of view, but from a mental point of view. I don’t think there’s any sport I’ve missed so far and although I’m pretty tired now, I have loved every minute. I feel I’ve been so lucky to have this opportunity and I’d definitely come again!” (Jayden, 13 from Southampton)

“It’s my first time at the Games and I am enjoying it a lot and I like to do all the different sports. I was born disabled and I made myself walk because I was scared. But after this week I think I might go in my wheelchair at school because this week has made me feel proud of being in a wheelchair.” (Millie, 13 from Coventry)

A parents perspective 

“Seeing Ellie smile so much was a true gift. The fellow carers and parents were all high spirited and it was a fantastic chance for kids to mix and feel happy and safe in their own skin. Thank you to WheelPower for making our year. And that’s no exaggeration!” (Ellie’s Mum)

“What an amazing three days. Watching my child go off confidently and do everything independently was my highlight of the week. Thank you for having us.” (Parent)

“My son Peter is 13 and has had a spinal cord injury since 2019 and we’ve been looking for more sporting opportunities for him to get into. We came last year and are back again! Its really hard to find where these sports are available and then you come here and speak to the coaches and they point you in the right direction and they say ‘there’s a club near you here, go and have to chat to them’. I’ve recommended it to so many of his friends and I keep saying to them you must come because it’s really good.” (Parent of Peter, from Derbyshire)

“Sport is so important to my daughter Holly and she’s a very active girl who loves to compete so she’s been loving it here at the Junior Games. No one cares about anyone’s disability and no one is trying to outdo anyone and it’s just about having fun. I don’t know what the future holds but whatever she wants to do really, I’m quite happy to put everything behind it and make it happen. I just love to see the smile on her face and watching her pushing herself to do more.” (Hollys Parent)

Coaches view

“I really enjoy the coming to the Games because of the fact that its so inclusive. I absolutely love it and I’ve asked to come back to the next series of WheelPower events and it’s so nice to see the children achieving things. The ones that quite often are written off come here and they have massive achievements and they all go away on such positive note.” (Jackie Woods, Boccia England)

“This week we’ve been introducing young people to the game of tennis and giving them a chance to get on court in a chair. Coming to events like this is really important and it gives us an opportunity to get into the community. For the children here to try a sport that is both fun for a hobby but also can turn into a career is something that not all sports provide so we’re glad to be able to do that.” (Will Croft, LTA)

“I was asked to come up here for the week to support the Games as a volunteer with the archery team and I tell you what, its been brilliant. I’ve really enjoyed the week so far and it’s the children’s faces and seeing what they can achieve is so special. I’m very tired as you can imagine but to see them pull a bow and arrow back and see that they can do it and they hit the target is so good.” (Debbie, Wheelchair Archery Association)

From the Teachers 

“The highlight of the Games was seeing the students develop their independence and confidence trying new things” (Teacher, Angmering School)

“When I arrived today one of our students came up to me and said high boss I’m having the best life! During the week they get to experience all these different sports, and get to work with incredible coaches. There’s a real social aspect as our children never normally get to do a residential experience or event a sleep over. It is life changing for the pupils to be part of something. We love WheelPower, they do an amazing job.” Neil Oldham, Headteacher at Highfurlong School)

“It’s a fantastic experience and really well set out, and it’s been brilliant for the students who have loved every minute. They are going to take back that they can achieve anything when they put their minds to it and achieve their personal best. They have started off and beat their score, and have got better and better at each activity and shows how good the coaches and organisers are. I would 100% recommend it to other schools. It’s a fantastic opportunity for every child to come down and take part.” Redwood School

“Our students get the opportunities to try sports that they don’t get every day, and they have absolutely loved it. They talk about it all year and ask about when are we going again! We are a mainstream school and they do some adapted sport there but here they get to do so much more than we can do back at school. They wouldn’t talk to me again if we didn’t come back next year. It’s the best day of the year, thank you WheelPower.” Natalie Taylor, Sir William Ramsay School. 

Check out the 2023 National Junior Games Flickr Album 

National Junior Games 2023

If you have any questions about the 2024 event please contact the WheelPower Sports Team. Email: sport@wheelpower.org.uk or check out our FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below a list of the common questions which we hope will help answer your query about the event: 

Who is eligible to participate in the event?

All those with a physical disability aged 11-18

How much is the event?

  • Registration fee per teacher/parent/participant requiring accommodation = £75 each
  • Registration fee per participant without accommodation = £35 each
  • Registration fee per teacher/parent without accommodation = £6 each

How do I register for the event?

Click on the BOOK NOW tab or button and download the individual/school booking form as required.

When is the deadline to register?

As a charity, this event relies solely on fundraising donations from Trusts and individuals. In order that these funds continue to support our good work, we kindly ask that you follow the requests below:

The deadline for registration will be Friday 31 May 2024 with no extension or amendments after that date  

  • Places will not be confirmed until a complete registration form is received
  • Incomplete registration forms will be returned and places cannot be reserved with an email request
  • Payment will be taken for all students submitted as of 31 May, regardless of whether they attend
  • No students can be added after the deadline of 31 May 2024
  • Priority will be given to schools / participants who can attend all week

Where is the accommodation?

All accommodation is on-site at the stadium

Is catering provided?

Yes! Catering is provided throughout the event and we ask any dietary requirements to be noted on the application form.

Where are the National Junior Games?

Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Guttmann Road, Aylesbury, HP21 9PP

Is the stadium accessible?

Stoke Mandeville is fully accessible to wheelchair users and has wet rooms and hoists available for those that require them.

How many participants can my school bring?

There is no limit on how many participants a school can bring to the event but if you are planning on bringing 20+ students please contact sport@wheelpower.org.uk

Is accommodation available for teachers?

Yes! 2 rooms are available per school

**Further accommodation information to note for schools**

If a teacher is required to dorm with a participant due to their needs, then this is done under the same rules and guidance as the schools when it comes to being alone with a student.

The dorms where the participants sleep and the hotel rooms where teachers stay are all in the same building and very close.

If I need a risk assessment or further school documentation signed by WheelPower where do I contact?

Please contact Conor Harris at sport@wheelpower.org.uk if you require any risk/safety documentation signed before signing up

Where can I find out more information?

Email: sport@wheelpower.org.uk

Thank you for your interest in the 2024 WheelPower National Junior Games 

Please download the forms below as required and complete the Excel registration digitally as it has pre-populated drop-down fields.

Return all forms no later than 31 May 2024 to sport@wheelpower.org.uk

Participant Registration form   or  School Registration form

… and Medical/Media Consent Form

For more information about the event read The Registration Guide

If you have any questions about the 2024 event please check out our Frequently asked Questions

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