The new scheme aims to develop local wheelchair basketball players' abilities ©Getty Images

The Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS) has launched its first wheelchair basketball programme in partnership with Basketball Australia and Basketball Victoria with women’s national team head coach Craig Campbell heading the scheme.

The aim of the initiative is to maximise the development of local athletes by basing them primarily at the VIS headquarters in the Albert Park sports precinct and at venues in Melbourne.

To achieve the goals set out in the national programme, athletes will have access to training facilities and support services at the VIS.

"We see this as a huge piece in establishing the Victorian wheelchair pathway with our partners in BV and VIS, and it will be a massive win for our national program having a full-time coach based in Melbourne surrounded by a professional services team at the VIS," Leigh Gooding, general manager of Basketball Australia, said.

Campbell’s role as the head coach of the programme will run alongside his position as the head coach of the women’s national wheelchair basketball team.

Craig Campbell is the head coach of the Australian women's wheelchair basketball team ©Getty Images
Craig Campbell is the head coach of the Australian women's wheelchair basketball team ©Getty Images

His previous roles include being the assistant coach of the Australian men’s under-23 wheelchair basketball team and the head coach of the Kilsyth local team.

He also held the position of manager clubs, community and sport development at AusCycling.

"I’m excited to support and see the success on and off the court for our athletes that will evolve as part of the first solely Paralympic-focussed program at the VIS," Campbell commented.

Dave Crosbee, the director of high performance at VIS, added VIS is "looking forward" to developing the programme with Campbell and that they are "especially excited that we will have a program that is exclusively focussed on a Paralympic sport" for the first time.