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Latest Club News

Check out the latest news regarding the club.

NBA ‘All-Star Weekend’ Inspired Return

Updated: 5th April, 2021 As you know, we returned to play after 3 long months on 4th April at the Branksome Centre. The theme was along the lines of the NBA All-Star weekend. We had a Skills Challenge (adapted for groups), and the 3 Point Contest (also adapted for groups, and shooting ability...

Kit Updates

Updated: 4th April, 2021 The following kits are left to distribute out to players: Joaquim # 28 / YL The following are kits which are spare that players can acquire if they don't have a kit, or upgrade to if their current kit is too small: SPARE #16 / XL SPARE #95 / M SPARE #25 / YS (once returned...

COVID19 Response Plans

Updated: 5th March, 2021 All club activities continue to be on hold in accordance with government guidelines. However further to the government announcement on 22nd February, we have now been provided dates from the government, and Basketball England have responded in context to our sport.  ...

All news articles can be found in our Club News page.

Timetable

Our full timetable of regular sessions are below.

Kinder

These sessions run 0900-1000 every Sunday at Rossmore Leisure Centre

Nippers 'Black' + Juniors 'Black'

Nippers ‘Black’ and Juniors ‘Black’ sessions run 1000-1100 every Sunday at Rossmore Leisure Centre

Nippers 'Orange' + Juniors 'Orange'

Nippers ‘Orange’ and Juniors ‘Orange’ sessions run 1400-1500 every Sunday at Rossmore Leisure Centre

U12s + U14s

U12s and U14s sessions run 1500-1600 every Sunday at Rossmore Leisure Centre

Seniors + U17s

Seniors + U17s sessions run 1600-1700 every Sunday at Rossmore Leisure Centre

Game Night

Game Night sessions run 1830-2000 every Tuesday at Rossmore Leisure Centre

Recreational Play

Recreational Play is available Mon, Tue, Thur 1500-1800, Weds and Fri 1500-2000, and at weekends 0900-1300 and 1400-1700, at the Branksome Centre. 

Personal Training

Personal Training sessions run outdoors on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Branksome Centre, by appointment only.

FAQs

Check out the frequently asked questions below from existing and new members. If your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact Coach John

What does my monthly membership include?

A player’s monthly membership includes opportunities to win the ‘Most Improved’, ‘Best Defensive’ and best ‘Team Player’ in our quarterly prize giving. Each player receives an annual ‘Participation Certificate’ and upon transfer to another group, they receive a ‘Promotion Certificate’. For fun, at the end of each session, the player demonstrating the best adherence to the session values, receives the much coveted ‘Piranha banana!’  Additionally we run a Xmas party each year with a quiz, games and prizes.

Membership also includes discounts on optional Personal Training and Recreational Play we have available at our outdoor facility.

Additionally the U12s, U14s and U17s have their BE licenses and all referee fees on game days worked into their monthly fee.

How is my membership calculated?

Although there are different monthly subs/fees/prices per group, the monthly cost is worked out the same way; an annual cost, divided by 12. This is because some months there will be 4 Sundays, some 5 Sundays, but the monthly cost remains fixed to make things easier for the club and parents.

Note that the club aims to run 50 regular Sunday sessions a year. See ‘What happens if a regular session is not run by the club’ for more.

How and when do I pay for membership?

Membership is paid for monthly in advance via Standing Order or Bank Transfer. It is due the first week of each month, ideally 1st of each month. We do not accept cash or cheques unless arranged for in advance and only in exceptional circumstances.

Am I tied into any contract?

There is no contract or minimum term – just a standard 30 day notice period.  

What happens if a regular session is not run by the club?
The club runs regular sessions every Sunday of every week including school holidays. We do however make an allowance of up to 2 Sundays a year where Sunday sessions cannot be run due to a long standing commitment from Rossmore Leisure Centre with another party who take over the hall for the whole weekend.

If a session for any other reason cannot be or is not run by the club, Coach John will be in touch via email regarding this and most likely add notice on the Club News section. Coach John in the first instance will try to move the session to another reasonable time and date. If this is not possible, either a partial refund of the monthly subs or credit for the player will be offered.

What happens if we can't come to a session?

If for any reason your(s) player cannot make a session, such as a holiday, illness etc, just let Coach John know as soon as possible please so he can make adjustments to the rosta for a given session. As the session will likely still run without your player(s), no refund or credit will be given.

Does the club run over school holidays?

Yes. See ‘What happens if a regular session is not run by the club’ for more.

What happens to lost property?

Occasionally the odd hoodie, drinks bottle or banana skin is left behind after a session. If these are not collected before the end of the last session, they remain in the club’s possession until claimed or for 3 months. After 3 months, the local charity shop gets the non-perishable things!

The latest stock of lost property can be found on this Coach’s Corner page.

What progression do the players have available through the club?
The club caters for 6-16 year olds and there are groups to suit all abilities and development opportunities within this age range. For example a 10 year old who would start in Juniors could progress to the U12s group and play games with other clubs within 12 months. They could then progress to the U14s and U17s as their ability increases with their age.

Being a Basketball England affiliated club, the coaches scout for outstanding players who may be eligible for the Aspire and Talent ID programmes that operate locally and nationally.

Are kits essential?

Kits – which are club branded jerseys and shorts – are only essential for all Practice groups (U12s, U14s and U17s). This is because these groups play matches with other teams and need personal numbers for club and association records.

Kits are entirely optional for all other groups; training, recreational play and personal training. However most players have kits anyway as this way they feel more part of the club.

Kits are £25 for brand new, or £20 for preloved. The club purchases kits on a player’s behalf once a size has been estimated. Kits normally arrive within 6 weeks of being ordered, and orders go in traditionally every 3 months. Players can collect a preloved kit instead, at the session after payment, if one in the right size is in stock. Contact Coach John in the first instance.

What happens if/when the kit becomes to small?

You have 3 choices if a kit you have bought becomes too small; keep the kit, sell on the kit to another player or return the kit to the club.

If you choose to sell on the kit to another player, just let Coach John know which player this has gone to so he can update his records. The club will pay back £15 for good condition clean kits.

What can I do with my kit at the end of my membership?

You have 3 choices at the end of your membership; keep the kit, sell on the kit to another player or return the kit to the club.

If you choose to sell on the kit to another player, just let Coach John know which player this has gone to so he can update his records. The club will pay back £15 for good condition clean kits.

What has changed because of COVID-19 / lockdown?
Unfortunately during lockdown we cannot run regular Group Training and Practice sessions on Sundays, or ‘Game Night’ sessions on Tuesdays. All club activities can resume however from 29th March outdoors at the Branksome Centre.

Normal subs/payments should be paused unless otherwise advised, and restarted again from 1st April. All subs received during lockdown are by default being allocated to future group sessions.

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