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Our full timetable of regular sessions are below.
Kinder ‘Black’ sessions run 0900-1000 every Sunday
Nippers ‘Black’ sessions run 1000-1100 every Sunday
Juniors ‘Black’ sessions run 1100-1200 every Sunday
Kinder 'Orange' + Nippers 'Orange'
Kinder ‘Orange’ + Nippers ‘Orange’ sessions run 1300-1400 every Sunday
Juniors ‘Orange’ sessions run 1400-1500 every Sunday
Seniors 'Black' + U14s
Seniors ‘Black’ + U14s sessions run 1500-1600 every Sunday
Seniors 'Orange' + U17s
Seniors ‘Orange’ + U17s sessions run 1600-1700 every Sunday
Game Night sessions run 1830-2000 every Friday outdoors at The Branksome Centre
Unsure what group your player is in?
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!’
Membership also includes discounts on optional Personal Training and Recreational Play we have available at our outdoor facility.
Additionally the 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 with The Bourne Academy.
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 via text message as well. 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, qurantine etc, just let Coach John know as soon as possible please so he can make adjustments to the register 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, in fact we run 50 Sundays a year. 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!
If you feel you have lost something, please contact Coach John.
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 U14s group and play games with other clubs within 12 months. They could then progress to the 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 (U14s and U17s). This is because these groups play matches with other teams and need personal license numbers for club and association records.
Kits are entirely optional for all other groups. 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, payable in advance as the club purchases kits on a player’s behalf with the supplier. Kits normally arrive within 10 weeks of being ordered, and orders go in traditionally every 3 months. Once kits arrive, Coach John will be sure to advise those who ordered them, and players can collect their kit at their next session.
There is no need to ask every week about the kits, you will know as soon as they arrive! 🙂
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. Otherwise the club will pay back £15 for good condition clean kits. Again, contact Coach John in the first instance.
What can I do with my kit at the end of my membership?
See ‘What happens if/when the kit becomes to small?’
What has changed because of COVID-19 / lockdown?
We take care to follow Basketball England and government guidelines. As the rules change regularly, please see our News page for any updates on anything players or parents need to do prior to, during or after a player’s session.
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