Kings win The Queens Award for Voluntary Service 

It has today been announced in the London Gazette that the Thames Valley Kings Wheelchair Basketball Club has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognize outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.  The Kings will receive their award from the Lord Lieutenant,  at a presentation in the autumn.

Last year the club's many volunteers have contributed over 3,200 volunteering hours, supporting their Junior and Adult teams, raising the profile of wheelchair basketball in the local community as well as bringing Inclusive Zone Basketball to schools in Berkshire and Kings coaching staff has also volunteered their time to assist at regional and national levels.  The Kings add the award to the British Wheelchair Basketball's Club of the Year and West Berkshire Community Group of the Year awards won in 2016.

Heading of Marketing, Peter Scoins stated "The Queen's Award is an amazing achievement for the club to receive it represents the hard work people have placed into growing the success of the club. We believe we are also the first wheelchair basketball club in the UK to receive it as well. On behalf of everyone at the Kings, we are all honoured and would love to thank Berkshire Community Foundation for their original nomination".

Kings founder named finalist  in Thames Valley Venus Awards  in the Influential Women of the Year category 

Kings founder and head coach Jacqueline Scoins-Cass has been named a finalist  in Thames Valley Venus Awards  in the Influential Women of the Year category at the Finalist Announcement held in the Grosvenor Casino in Reading last Thursday (April 6th).

Since it's establishment in 2004, The Thatcham based Wheelchair Basketball Club with Jacqueline at it's helm has endeavored  to provide a high quality wheelchair basketball programme that is accessible to players of all ages and abilities.  the club strives to support, inspire and become a social hub for everyone - believing that by actively encouraging both disabled and able bodied players, the club can create a fun and engaging atmosphere.

The awards often referred to as the Working Women’s Oscars, were formed in 2009 to recognise, reward and celebrate local working women in business.  

The final awards event will be the Winners Ceremony and Gala Dinner due to be held on the 9th June 2017 at Madejski Stadium, Reading.

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Jacqueline Scoins-Cass - Finalist