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2013-2014 Honours

Senior Women and Junior Women - National League winners

Senior Women - Scottish Cup winners

Senior Women - National League Playoff winners

Junior Men and Cadette Women - Division 2 League champions

Senior Women and Senior Men - Lothian Cup winners

Senior Women - Lothian League winners

U12 Girls - East & Central RDL winners

U12 Boys - National Challenge winners

View the full list of club honours

We are heading south!

This weekend sees 4 teams and their coaches and supporters all head south to Manchester for a preseason series of games. The Cadet and Junior Men will play Manchester Magic twice over the weekend. The Cadette and Junior Women will play Manchester Mystics. Manchester are one of the top sides in England and should provide a far sterner challenge than anything the teams will face in the Scottish National League.

Coach Craig Nicol says "This will be an excellent opportunity for us to test ourselves against one of the best clubs in Britain. After successful games against Newcastle Eagles previously this will be a strong finish to our pre season preparations and will set us up nicely for the start of the season".

Season 2015/16 - opening games

Its nearly here! The National League season 2015/16 is almost upon us and we are in great shape to kick off the season in style. With 11 National League teams hitting the floor in City of Edinburgh colours we offer more playing opportunities than any other Club in Scotland. We are indebted to our brilliant Fixtures Secretary Brian Findlay who always gets a few more grey hairs at this time of year as he attempts to schedule all the fixtures! Basketballscotland have launched a new fixtures and results website that can be found by clicking here. It doesn't look as if its complete yet (all Clubs enter their own home fixtures) so keep checking back. Just to get you started with all your diary updating here are the first fixtures.

U10s

The Under 10s will play in the East and Central Regional Development League and will have their first set of games on 29th November.

Under 12s

The U12 Academy teams will play in the East and Central Regional Development League and will have their first set of fixtures on 25th October. The U12 Cluster Clubs will have their first Friday night Cluster League games on 30th October.

Under 14 boys

The Under 14 boys will play in the East and Central Regional Development League (RDL). This year the league is split into a competition league and a development league. We have entered a team in each of these leagues. The team entered in the competition league will also play in the Cadet Men National League Division 3 and in the U14 Scottish Cup. The first fixtures are:

  • RDL 27th September
  • Scottish Cup - not announced yet
  • NL D3 13th September against Perth, venue and tip off still to be confirmed.

Under 14 girls

The Under 14 girls will play in the RDL and the Scottish Cup. The Scottish Cup is yet to be scheduled but the first RDL fixtures are 27th September.

Cadet Men

The Cadet Men will play in National League Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 and the Scottish Cup. The first fixtures are:

  • NL D1 12th September against Boroughmuir Blaze at the Crags with a 11am tip off.
  • NL D2 20th September against Dunfermline Reign at Holy Rood High School with a 1pm tip off.
  • NL D3 13th September against Perth, venue and tip off still to be confirmed.
  • Scottish Cup - an away tie against Boroughmuir, still to be scheduled.

Cadette Women

The Cadette Women will play in National League Division 1 and Division 2 and the Scottish Cup.

  • NL D1 19th September against Falkirk Fury at Portobello with a 11am tip off.
  • Scottish Cup - had a home game against Highland Bears but this has been conceded so through to the next round which will be in November against the winners of Polonia against South Lanarkshire Colliers.

Junior Men

The Junior Men will play in National League Division 1 and Division 2 and the Scottish Cup.

  • NL D1 12th September against Boroughmuir Blaze at the Crags with a 3pm tip off.
  • NL D2 13th September against West Lothian Wolves at Bathgate Academy with a 12noon tip off
  • Scottish Cup - a home game against Boroughmuir Blaze, still to be scheduled.

Junior Women

The Junior Women will play in the National League and the Scottish Cup.

  • NL 19th September against Falkirk Fury at Portobello with a 3pm tip off.
  • Scottish Cup - a home game against Highland Bears, still to be scheduled.

Senior Men

The Senior Men will play in National League Division 1 and Division 2 and the Scottish Cup. There will be no team entered in the Lothian League as it was felt that due to the increasing restrictions placed by the league on eligibility it no longer offered an appropriate playing outlet for us on the men's side. So the Division 2 league will now take the place of the Lothian League.

  • NL D1 19th September against Falkirk Fury at Portobello with a 7pm tip off.
  • NL D2 13th September against Granite City Grizzlies at Holy Rood with a 1pm tip off.
  • Scottish Cup 18th October against St Mirren at Portobello with a 12:20pm tip off.

Senior Women

The Senior Women will play in the National League, Lothian League, Scottish Cup and Chairman's Cup.

  • NL D1 20th September against Falkirk Fury at Portobello with a 12noon tip off.
  • Lothian League 21st September against Comets at Portobello with a 7pm tip off.
  • Scottish Cup 17th October against Granite City Grizzlies at Portobello with a 12:20pm tip off

U12s look to the future

We are delighted to announce our new U12 structure and the appointment of our 2 new head coaches. Our under 12s will now be split into a series of Cluster Clubs throughout Edinburgh and will operate in partnership with Active Schools. There will be a Cluster Club league which will run on the last Friday of every month at Holy Rood High School and this will give the Cluster Clubs a chance to play competitive basketball. The rationale behind the new structure is to allow us to develop more players at this age in smaller groups as the Friday night U12 sessions were a victim of their own success and were becoming overloaded! We also wanted to offer another opportunity for players to develop through playing games within the Club structure. As part of his Club Champion post Craig Nicol has been discussing the way forward with our partner Active Schools Coordinators. The Cluster Clubs will be coached by City of Edinburgh community coaches who will be supported and mentored by Craig but will be part of the Active Schools programme.

We are thrilled to announce the creation of 4 Cluster Clubs, with more to follow as the structure develops. These clubs are in addition to the after school clubs supported by the Club.

The new Cluster Clubs are as follows :

Cluster ClubVenueDay / TimeActive Schools Contact
PortobelloRoyal High Primary SchoolThursday
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Paddy Dearlove
paddy.dearlove@ea.edin.sch.uk
LeithLeith AcademyThursday
4:50pm - 5:30pm
Cat McCready
cat.mccready@ea.edin.sch.uk
CastlebraeNiddrie Mill Primary SchoolTuesday
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Shirley Banks
Shirley.Banks@ea.edin.sch.uk
FirrhillFirrhill High SchoolWednesday
5:00pm - 5:45pm
Lorna Norman
lorna.norman@ea.edin.sch.uk

The Cluster Clubs are open to all Primary 6 and Primary 7's and will start on the week beginning 7th September (with the exception of the Firrhill cluster which will start on Wednesday 16th September) , all new players should either contact the relevant Active Schools Coordinator or simply come along to the first session and sign up. Castlebrae is also open to Primary 5's.

The Cluster Clubs will compete in the City of Edinburgh Cluster League which will have games on the last Friday of each month at Holy Rood High School from 5:30pm until 7:30pm. The first set of games will be on Friday 30th October. This will be a chance for the players to put into practice what they have been learning in the cluster clubs in a fun, safe environment.

From these Cluster Clubs, players may be selected to attend our under 12 girls Academy team or under 12 boys Academy team. The Academy teams train twice a week and will represent the club in the Regional Development Leagues. Roddy Gordon has been appointed to the post of U12 boys Academy coach and Lorna Norman will lead on the girls' side. Roddy was formerly our under 14 boys coach and is an under 12 Scotland boys coach so he was a perfect match for this post as he knows what level the players need to be working at to progress to national level and to the next age group. We are delighted to welcome Lorna to the Club coaching team, she is a familiar face in Scottish basketball, she has coached at St Mirren, Polonia and East Lothian Peregrines as well as various national coaching positions. In her day job she is an Active Schools Co-ordinator where she is involved in coaching basketball to the Firrhill cluster primaries. She is also the assistant coach at the City of Edinburgh Council Sports Academy. As well as heading up our U12 girls Academy team Lorna will be working with Emma Brady at U14 girls thereby assisting in the transition from Under 12s to Under 14s. She will also be working with the Cadette Women's Division 2 team.

We are very excited about this new stage in the Club's development and we wish Roddy and Lorna the best of luck in their new posts.

The Academy teams will train as follows (all sessions at Holy Rood High School and are by invitation only) :

  • Tuesday 5:30pm - 7pm U12 boys
  • Thursday 5pm - 6:30pm U12 girls
  • Friday (apart from the last Friday of every month) 5:30pm until 7:30pm both boys and girls but coached separately at each end of the hall.

Registration Day and training start dates for season 2015/16

This year we are holding our Registration Day on Saturday 22nd August from 10am until 5pm at Portobello High School and we need all players wishing to train or play with the Club during the coming season to come along and fill out their registration and payment forms on that date. The forms will be emailled out to all current club members and copies will be available on the day. This year unfortunately we need everyone to fill out the registration form (as opposed to just confirming the details we already hold) as basketballscotland require that we hold signed registration forms for all members.

We are hosting Newcastle for some pre-season friendlies on that date so please do call into the hall to support our teams. The friendlies are as follows :

  • U14s Boys 11am - 12.30pm
  • U16s Girls 12.45pm - 2.15pm
  • U16s Boys 2.30pm - 4.00pm
  • U18s Boys 4.15pm - 5.45pm
  • U18s Girls 6pm - 7.30pm

All teams will start their full training programme as follows :

  • MiniHoops - start of first block is 23rd August
  • Under 10s - Sunday 23rd August
  • Under 12s - We are re-structuring the Under 12s and will be in touch with news of start dates for the next session separately.
  • Under 14 boys - Monday 17th August
  • Under 14 girls - Wednesday 19th August
  • Cadet Men and Women, Junior Men and Women, Senior Women - Thursday 20th August
  • Senior Men - Monday 17th August
  • Lothian League Men - Tuesday 25th August
  • Lothian League Women - Monday 17th August

Community coaching vacancies

As part of his role as the Club Champion community coach, Craig Nicol is now recruiting for coaches to work in our ever expanding community coaching programme in our after school cluster clubs. You must be available to coach from 3:30pm on at least one day during the school week and must be prepared to take on the position for the whole academic year. You should be qualified to at least UKCC Level 1 and have some experience of coaching at the younger age groups within the Club. The community coaches are often the first exposure to the Club by parents and players so these positions are key to the future growth of the Club.

If you are interested in helping to shape the next generation of Club players and making a real difference in the community then please email the Club at cityofedinburgh@gmail.com for an application form. These are paid coaching positions.

All change for the Senior Men

The rebuilding of our Senior Men's team continues with the departure of veteran Simon Flockhart after many years at the Club. We have been very fortunate to have someone of Simon's calibre at the Club for so many years and his contribution on and off the field has been massive. After much deliberating Simon has taken the decision to finish his playing career at Falkirk Fury who are coached by his father in law.

Simon had this to say about his move "It is honestly the hardest decision I've ever made in basketball but I can't ignore the family influence anymore and with only 3/4 years left in me playing, I felt I needed to give it a shot. I feel very lucky to have been part of such a massive club and proud of what I have helped achieve on and off the court. Thank you for all the support and good times throughout the years. I won't be a stranger and will always think of of this club as my home in basketball no matter what happens." Senior Men's head coach Doug Reilly said "I understand Simon's motivation and would echo the Club's view in terms of the contribution he has made as a player and active committee member. "

Kirsten Simpson looks forward to the GB under 20's camp

This year we are delighted to have two players selected to attend the GB Under 20's Women's camp at the University of Essex. As well as Hannah Peacock, Kirsten Simpson is delighted to have her first opportunity to show what she can do on the big stage. Kirsten is a long time Club player having first started playing at camps during the school holidays, she signed up for Kats at the age of 10, as well as playing at Towerbank Primary. It wasn't long before she got the chance to pull on the Scotland jersey as she was selected for Scotland Under 15 a year early. She has played for Scotland at every age group including two stints at the European Championships. She gained her first senior caps in Luxembourg this year.

As Kirsten explains she was actually considered for the GB U20s camp last season as well "When I played for Scotland U18s, our coach put forward names to GB basketball who he felt should be considered. I was one along with four of my team mates. GB basketball then choose the candidates for camp looking at stats, games they have seen and and feedback from basketballscotland throughout the year. Unfortunately I didn't make it in last year but I asked for feedback on areas I needed to work on. Ever since I have been working hard on my game and playing against guys to improve. I was overjoyed when I got the e-mail this year to say I was being considered and can't wait to go to camp."

We wish Kirsten and Hannah the very best of luck at camp which starts on 24th June. Go Kats!

Coaching vacancies

City of Edinburgh Basketball Club are looking for coaches to join them in these exciting times for the Club. At the start of 2013 we set ourselves 3 main targets, to become a registered charity, to employ a full time professional coach to develop a programme for our elite athletes and to expand our community programme and lastly to find our own premises. We have achieved the first 2 of our targets and now we are focussed on the last.

We are a Club with big ambitions who are looking for coaches who are like minded. With a long history of developing not only national players but also national coaches, we will work with the successful candidates to achieve their full potential with fully funded training courses and mentoring. There are a variety of positions available at both head coach and assistant coach level at both junior and senior age groups.

If you would like to join us and help us move the Club to the next level then email your coaching CV to cityofedinburgh@gmail.com

Summer Camp 2015

We are delighted to announce the dates of our Summer Camp this year. We are once again working with Active Schools to offer members and non-members a chance to work on their basketball skills and have fun in the holidays. All participants will receive a Camp t-shirt.

300 Club winners

Apologies to all that we got a bit behind with the 300 Club draw. The remaining 7 draws were done tonight at Portobello and the lucky winners who all win £100 are :

  • 184 Sinead Fielding
  • 220 Emma Findlay
  • 144 Lewis Hamilton
  • 17 Brian Findlay
  • 11 Amy Morgan
  • 188 Emma Diamond
  • 297 James Fraser

If you are one of the winners please email us at cityofedinburgh@gmail.com so we can arrange payment of your winnings.