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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 the Club's under 16 and under 18 Division 1 teams head south to take on Newcastle Eagles and Leeds Force in 2 days of preseason warm up games. We are delighted to have such prestigious opposition and we are indebted to Craig Nicol for all his hard work in setting up the tour. As you can imagine, taking 4 teams away is no small feat of organisation!

With an early start on Saturday morning the players will head to Newcastle first to the Westgate Centre of Sport to take on the Newcastle Eagles under 16 and 18 teams. After the games the teams will head to Northumbria University halls of residence where they are staying for the night. On Sunday, the teams will be heading to Leeds University where they will face Leeds Force (the rebranded Leeds Carnegie) before heading back to Edinburgh.

The players have been fundraising to cover the costs of the trip so please help them out by buying one of their basketball cards! The full schedule is below :

Saturday 30th August:

10.30am U18W Newcastle Eagles v City of Edinburgh Kool Kats
10.30am U16M Newcastle Eagles v City of Edinburgh Kings
12.15pm U16W Newcastle Eagles v City of Edinburgh Kool Kats
12.15pm U15M Newcastle Eagles v Gateshead
2.00pm U18M Newcastle Eagles v City of Edinburgh Kings

Sunday 31st August:

1.00pm U16W Leeds Force vs City of Edinburgh Kool Kats
1.00pm U16M Leeds Carnegie vs City of Edinburgh Kings
3.00pm U18W Leeds Carnegie vs City of Edinburgh Kool Kats
3.00pm U18M Leeds Carnegie vs City of Edinburgh Kings

Scottish Cup draw 2014

The draw for this season's Scottish Cup has been made, you will find the full draw on League Republic. Our teams' matches are as follows :

Perth Phoenix v Kings Senior Men

Falkirk Fury v Kats Senior Women

SWL v Kats Junior Women

Kings Cadet Men v Glasgow City

Polonia Phoenix v Kats Cadette Women

Registration Day 2014

This Saturday 23rd August is our Registration Day, so anyone who wishes to register to train and play with Club should be at Portobello High School on Saturday! Each age group has their own slot for registration and everyone should have received the Registration Pack. Please email the Club at cityofedinburgh@gmail.com if you need a pack or there will be some available on the day. The slots are :

U10s/U12s 10am until 12noon

U14s/U16s 12noon - 2pm

U18s / Seniors 2pm until 4pm

We will have a Merchandise Stall set up at Registration Day. This is your chance to purchase the Club training kit, Club t-shirts, rucksacks, holdalls, drinks bottles and lots more. Please note all orders must be paid for on the day. All under 12 and under 14 players, this is your chance to order the Club purple t-shirt if you haven't already got one. This is part of your kit and is worn when travelling to games and as a warm up top before the game.

On Registration Day there is a chance to personalise their kit. Just bring along or purchase anything you would like personalised and we can do it on the day. If you are bringing anything along, please email Paul Storie(paulstorie@blueyonder.co.uk)and let him know as it will allow him to get set up in advance. It will cost £3 for a surname.

The Cadette Women are playing a friendly game at 2:45pm against a team from Ireland, so if you can please come along and show them your support.

All registered players will receive a 200 Club number. This gives you 10 chances to win £100 during the season. You can also purchase extra numbers at a cost of £10 per number so please make sure all your friends and family purchase a number. You can purchase numbers at Registration Day or at any home game from the Tuck Shop or from your Team Manager.

MiniHoops is back!

Our youngest Club members will start their club sessions on Sunday 7th September with a new time slot of 10am until 11am at Holy Rood High School. Due to the way the dates work out with school holidays we are going to make this a 12 week block which takes us up to Christmas. For all the details check out the MiniHoops page.

It's time to get back to training!

The full programme of training sessions starts on Monday 11th August.

We're saying goodbye to two of our Senior Women...

We are very sad to wave goodbye to two of our Senior Women stalwarts as work takes Sarah O'Brien and Lauren Walker to pastures new. We wish them both well in their new ventures and hope to see them back soon! We had one last chat with them to find out more about what was happening.

Lauren Walker

How many years have you played at Kats?

I've played for Kats twice! Once was for 7 years (I then left to play pro in Holland) and now for 3 years. So 10 years in total. Saying that, from a young age I used to go to all home games at Meadowbank (women used to play before the Kings!) to watch Kats play as I've always regarded them as the best club in Scotland, and one of the best in the UK.

Tell us about the reason for your move

I'm moving to Malmo, Sweden, in order to return to what I love to do- teaching history at an international school. I came home 3 years ago for various reasons which has been good but circumstances have now changed and I feel the urge to return to the international school scene.

What has been the highlight of your time at the Club?

Omg!! There has been so many highlights it's almost impossible to choose! Naturally doing the treble this years was an amazing achievement. It was also the first time I've ever won a league championship at Kats so that was particularly special to me. The double last year was also great. Playing with Rose, Emma and Tracey as well as other great players of their time- Jo Sutherland, Nicky Smith, Vlasta Jamnicky. It has just been an amazing experience as well as a total honour and privilege to be part of a club so great as CoE KK. There has only ever been one club for me...

Do you have any advice for the younger players at the Club?

Listen to what your coaches are telling you! Pay attention to the older players- watch how they practice, conduct themselves both on and off the court and as much as possible always strive to keep improving. You're only as good as your last game...

I'll be home at various points so as long as there's games being played at Porty I'll come along to cheer! Good luck for the coming season (I'll be watching from Sweden!) and catch up next time I'm back :)

Sarah O'Brien

How many years have you played at Kats?

I played at the club for the past 5 years after moving from city at junior level. I'm so devastated to be leaving as I had such a great experience at the club and devastated that my final year there was plagued by injuries.

Tell us about the reason for your move

I'm moving up to Aberdeen to take up a PE teaching position in Kemnay Academy for a year which has meant Tayside Musketeers will be the closest club.

What has been the highlight of your time at the Club?

The highlight I think has to be being named Club Women Player of the Year in my first year at the club and the numerous cup finals and playoff finals I have experienced while being a member.

Do you have any advice for the younger players at the Club?

Believe in yourself I guess! Even if others don't, push yourself to become the best you can and you will see the benefits. "What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog". A very influential quote given to me by Donna Finnie that changed my outlook.

Coaching vacancies - updated

The Club has the following vacancies at the moment :

  • We currently have vacancies for positions in After School Clubs with our partner schools. These are paid coaching positions but the candidate needs to be available from 3:50pm and willing to commit to the whole academic year. The preferred candidates will have their UKCC Level 1 qualification.
  • City of Edinburgh Basketball Club has a vacancy for a coach for their Senior Men's Local League team. The preferred candidate will have their UKCC Level 1 qualification or higher. The Club will support the candidate in attaining further coaching qualifications as required. The candidate should have experience of coaching adults. This is a volunteer position but the Club will provide financial support for coach development.

These are opportunities to become part of one of the biggest sports clubs in the country and be mentored by some of the top coaches in Scotland. Interested parties in either of these positions should email cityofedinburgh@gmail.com for an application form.

Calling all students!

Are you or any of your friends coming to university or college in Edinburgh and want to continue to play top flight basketball? At City of Edinburgh we can offer the chance to play National League Division 1 basketball for men and women, we have a long history of students who have had successful basketball careers with us whilst studying. We can also offer the right candidates the chance to supplement their student loan with paid coaching positions in our after school clubs in our partner schools.

Check out our website at www.cityofedinburghbasketball.net to find out more about us, there is a fantastic short film in the About Us section. If you are interested in playing for us next season then email the Club at cityofedinburgh@gmail.com for more details.

Club players busy on international duty

The next few weeks sees many of our Club players busy on international duty, so here is a round up of who is where!

 Scotland Senior Men

Simon, Garreth and Lee are all headed off to Gibraltar on Saturday with Scotland Senior Men for the European Championship for Small Countries.

Scotland are in Group B with Malta and Wales and their first game is against Malta on Monday 7th July at 16:15 (local time) then Wales on Tuesday 8th at 16:30.

All the details of the tournament can be found here and you can also follow the team on Facebook.




Scotland Senior Women

With Emma, Rose, Leanne and Hannah all unavailable due to other committments the Kats presence in the Scotland Senior Women team is limited to Sarah and ex-Kats Becca Allison and Kathryn Taylor in the European Championship for Small Countries in Austria.

Head coach Ben is ably assisted by Brian and Tracey. Scotland are in Group B and their first game is on 14th July against Azerbaijan.

All the details of the tournament can be found here and you can also follow the team on Facebook.




GB u20 Women 

Of course Hannah is currently in Bulgaria with the GB u20 women playing in the U20 European Championship Division B.

They have already had their first game and victory against Norway on 3rd July and will face Lithuania on Friday 4th July.

All the details of tournament can be found here and you can follow GB Basketball on Facebook and Twitter.

 


GB u20 Men

Ex-Kings player Grant Mackay has been selected for the GB u20 men and will be playing in the U20 European Championship Division A in Crete.

They are in Group A and their first game is against Latvia on Tuesday 8th July at 21:15 local time. You can see all the details of the tournament here.



Scotland U18 Men

The Scotland u18 men will be competing in the U18 European Championship Divison B in Bulgaria.

The Club are well represented with Findlay, Doug, Sam, Kieran and ex-Kings player Gregor all making the final
squad.

The coaching team is Doug, Jim, Craig and Amy as team manager. The team are in Group A and their first game will be on 24th July at 18:15 local time.

You will find all the details of the tournament here and and you can follow the team on Facebook and Twitter.



Scotland U18 Women

Shannon, Elspeth and Rowan all made the Scotland U18 women's team who competed in the Home Internationals and in Denmark Tour. In Denmark they had 2 wins and one loss. In the Home Internationals they had one win and a loss against England.


The under 16s men are competing in the U16 European Championship Division B in Macedonia on 20th - 30h August, so more of them nearer the time!

Summer Training arrangements

This year the Club are offering our members some skills training sessions over the Summer holidays. These will be at Holy Rood High School and will cost £2 per session. The sessions are :

Thursday 3rd July, 10th July, 24th July, 31st July, 7th August

6pm until 7pm

  • Under 12s boys and girls
  • Under 14 boys and girls

7pm until 8:30pm

  • Under 16 boys and girls
  • Under 18 boys and girls

8:30pm until 9:45

  • Senior Men and Women scrimmage.