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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

Fixtures 21st, 22nd and 23rd November

This weekend the Senior Men are up first with a Friday night game at Stirling. The men will be joined by returning Kings player Lee Reilly who will be determined to start his season with a win. On Saturday we have the Cadet Men, Cadette Women and Junior Women all at the Mariner to take on Falkirk Fury. The Senior Women Lothian League's Chairman's Cup game on Saturday has unfortunately been cancelled as Aberdeen University didn't have enough players. Sunday is a busy day for the Junior Men with games for both the Division 1 and Division 2 teams. The D1 team are at the Mariner to play Falkirk where they are joined by the Senior Women. The D2 team are at home at Holy Rood High School.

The full list of fixtures is :

21st November20:00Senior MenStirling KnightsThe Peak
22nd November13:50Junior WomenFalkirk FuryMariner Centre
15:40Cadet MenFalkirk FuryMariner Centre
17:30Cadette WomenFalkirk FuryMariner Centre
23rd November10:20Cadet Men D2
St MirrenLagoon Centre
13:00Junior Men D2North LanarkHoly Rood HS

Introducing our Youth Leaders

Since we learnt in August that our application for funding for the Youth Leadership Programme had been successful we have been busy planning the programme and interviewing the candidates. We are delighted to announce that our very first Youth Leaders will be :

Murron Marr

Niamh Walker

Amy Fraser

Matt Wingate

Hannah Peacock

Rosanna Pollock

Nicole Moffat

Sarah Brady

The next step of the programme will be the Youth Leaders and their mentors drawing up their individual development plans which will help them achieve their goals for the programme. Watch out for more news from the Youth Leaders in the Club Yearbook.

Congratulations to all!

Regional Development Leagues - 30th November 2014

The next rounds of the Regional Development League take place on Sunday 30th November 2014 at Grangemouth and Stirling. This time our youngsters are involved at Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14 age groups.

Click for the full list of Regional Development League fixtures.

This link opens the fixtures in a new window and displays all U10s games. Use the tabs at the bottom of the screen to see fixtures for "U12s", "U14 Boys" or "U14 Girls".

Fixtures for 15th and 16th November

This weekend the Senior Men and the Cadet Men will be hoping to extend their run in the Scottish Cup with wins over Tayside and Troon on Saturday. All the Division 1 ladies' teams are at home against St Mirren this weekend, with the Senior Women clash billed as the basketballscotland game of the week. This should be the first big test of the season for our ladies' team as St Mirren have only had one narrow defeat so far this season. A game not to be missed! The Junior Women will be playing only their second game of the season this weekend and will be hoping to maintain the superb form they showed against Highland Bears. The Cadette Women will have a tough game against the undefeated league leaders but will be hoping to build upon last week's winning performance.

Sunday sees another outing for our Cadette Women Division 2 team when they travel to Stirling to take on Grampian and South Lanarkshire Colliers. Good luck to all our teams, if you can get to any of the games to show your support, it is always much appreciated by our players.

The full list of fixtures is :

15th November11:00Cadette WomenSt MirrenPortobello High School
13:00Junior WomenSt MirrenPortobello High School
15:00Senior WomenSt MirrenPortobello High School
15:20Senior Men
(Scottish Cup)
Tayside MusketeersGrove Academy
17:00Cadet Men
(Scottish Cup)
TroonPortobello High School
16th November10:00Cadette Women D2GrampianThe Peak, Stirling
13:30Cadette Women D2SL ColliersThe Peak,Stirling

Junior Men's coach Jim Wright on his recent studies

Our Junior Men’s coach Jim Wright has been juggling his duties at the Club, coaching the Scotland under 18 men and work commitments with studying at University of Central Lancashire. Here is his story so far :

"Nearing the end of the two year journey that is the PG Dip/L4 Elite Coaching Practice, I was part of a cohort that included Rugby League, Hockey, Table Tennis, Squash, RAF and Motor Sport. I have just had news that I have completed my PG Dip (Merit) in Elite Coaching Practice, this has been an engaging, challenging coaching journey which is not yet completed as I am waiting for my Portfolio to go for verification which will complete the qualification, UKCC L4. This journey has not been about badge collecting rather a developmental journey which has allowed me to interact with fellow coaches and experts from other fields, to name just a few John Trower, (my Coach Mentor), John Kiely expert in biomechanics and Adi Stan from GB gymnastics, all of whom had coached athletes to Olympic medals and are renowned in their fields. These individuals led sessions that provoked debate, discussion and often more questions than answers enabling all of the participants to examine their knowledge, understanding and practice, relative not only to their own sport but many others.

I have incorporated a number of the lessons into my own practice, functional variability, performance anxiety, performance planning and developing motivational climates. I have noticed that these different approaches have certainly borne fruit, for example classroom sessions to introduce players to “performance anxiety”, what causes it and how it can be addressed, these sessions were linked to the on the floor sessions to reinforce learning. Stress management techniques were a tool that was useful come game time as players were able to identify themselves which were somatic i.e. out of their control and cognitive which are their own fears leaking. One of Doug’s favourite practices, that of visualisation, further allowed coaches to get players to visualise situations such as “making the shot/taking the charge” and recreating these pressure situations at practice so these feelings were not new, and coping mechanisms were available. This paid dividends when U18 Men played a summer of high intensity basketball, winning 5 of our 11 games against Euro B opposition including wins against Sweden 17s and England 17s and Tournament wins against Ireland and Georgia. These wins would not have been possible without working within a strong and robust unit, I would like to thank Doug Reilly, (Head Coach u18 men) for his support during this process as many of the Nat Squad sessions were observed by John Trower to evaluate myself, Doug and the other members of the Management Team our practice and interaction with the players. John was observing when we played and beat Sweden in the summer, and was able to comment positively on the progress made by the team, John also had input at a number of Basketballscotland development events which was hugely appreciated.


  • First weekend sitting with the rest of the cohort thinking “I have so much to learn” combination of first day at school and let’s get started.
  • Adi Stan describing Long Term Player Development and talent ID!!
  • Interacting with a number of high level coaches, who were without exception open to discussion questioning and supportive of each other, a fantastic learning environment that I hope I added to.
  • I was also able to interact with other sports and observe their practice, a highlight was spending time with Scottish Women’s Hockey immediately prior to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, I was able to observe their practices and talk through ideas with coaches, (thanks to Colin Clarke).
  • John Trower delivering at a number of Basketballscotland sessions looking at mobility, movement and motivational climates.
  • Bryan Jones and his energy, enthusiasm, support, patience and organisational skills.

I would also like to thank Vicki Clark, Brian Aldred, Bryan Jones, John Trower, Doug Reilly, Mark Lloyd (GB Team Manager), Doug Leichner (GB 20s Head Coach) Basketballscotland and all on Cohort 4 who made it faaaaaaaantastic (c) NBA Entertainment"

Fixtures for weekend of 8th and 9th of November

This weekend sees the U14 boys start their Scottish Cup campaign with a trip to Dundee on Saturday to play Menzieshill. Also on Saturday the Cadet Men and Junior Men are at home against St Mirren in the league whilst the Senior Men are at home to Glasgow University. The Cadet Women and Junior Women are also at home on Sunday (at Holy Rood High School) against Highland Bears. The Cadette Women Division 2 team at at Bathgate on Sunday to play Stirling Knights. Sunday also sees the first outing for our Senior Men Divsion 2 team who travel to Grampian with the Junior Men Division 2 team and both the Cadet Men Division 2 teams to play Grampian. There is a bus going to the Grampian games so if any spectators would like to travel please let Craig Nicol know.

The full list of fixtures is :

8th November11:00Cadet MenSt MirrenPortobello High School
13:00Junior MenSt MirrenPortobello High School
15:00Senior MenGlasgow UniversityPortobello High School
16:15Under 14 boys
(Scottish Cup)
Menzieshill U14BMenzieshill Community Centre
9th November11:30Cadet Men D2
GrampianInternational School of Aberdeen
11:30Cadet Men D2
Grampian (B)International School of Aberdeen
11:45Cadette Women D2Stirling KnightsBathgate Academy
13:00Cadette WomenHighland BearsHoly Rood HS
14:50Junior WomenHighland BearsHoly Rood HS
15:30Junior Men D2Grampian (B)International School of Aberdeen
15:30Senior Men D2Grampian (B)International School of Aberdeen

Fixtures for weekend of 1st and 2nd November

This weekend its the ladies' turn in the Scottish Cup, with the Senior Women away on Saturday against Falkirk Fury, the Cadette Women at Holy Rood on Sunday in a repeat of last week's fixture against Polonia. And finally the Junior Women see some competitive action as they face SWL in the Cup at Bathgate Academy on Saturday. The Cadet and Junior Men have a break this weekend as the Highland fixtures have been rearranged for December. The only other game of the weekend sees the Senior Men travel to the west coast to play Glasgow Storm on Sunday.

Good luck to all and if you can get out to support any of our teams, it is much appreciated by the players.

The full list of fixtures is :

1st November11:00Junior Women
(Scottish Cup)
SWLBathgate Academy
13:50Senior Women
(Scottish Cup)
Falkirk FuryMariner Centre
2nd November13:30Senior MenGlasgow StormLagoon Leisure Centre
15:00Cadette Women
(Scottish Cup)
Polonia PhoenixHoly Rood HS

Fixtures for 25th and 26th October

This weekend sees a break for our Senior Men's team as they have no fixture this weekend. There are also no Division 2 fixtures on this weekend. The Junior Men and the Cadet Men are on Scottish Cup duty with the Juniors playing St Mirren away and the Cadet Men at home to Glasgow City. With St Mirren undefeated in the league and Glasgow City at the top of the Cadet Men league, these are two tough fixtures so your support would be much appreciated. The Senior Women and Cadet Women are both at Holy Rood on Sunday to play Polonia in the league. Still no fixture for the Junior Women! Our under 12s and under 14s are also in action on Sunday.

The full list of fixtures is :

25th October11:00Cadet Men
(Scottish Cup)
Glasgow CityPortobello HS
11:20Junior Men
(Scottish Cup)
St MirrenLagoon Leisure Centre
26th October09:00-
U14B CoE 1Boroughmuir BlazeBathgate Academy
U14GPerth PhoenixBathgate Academy
U12B CoE 1Boroughmuir BlazeDeans Community HS
U12GStirling KnightsDeans Community HS
U14B CoE 2Stirling KnightsBathgate Academy
U12B CoE 2East Lothian DragonsDeans Community HS
U12B CoE 1Falkirk FuryDeans Community HS
U12GEast Lothian DragonsDeans Community HS
U14B CoE 1East Lothian DragonsBathgate Academy
U14GStirling KnightsBathgate Academy
U12B CoE 2West Lothian WolvesDeans Community HS
U12GWest Lothian WolvesDeans Community HS
U12B CoE 2Stirling KnightsDeans Community HS
U12B CoE 1East Lothian DragonsDeans Community HS
U14B CoE 2Falkirk FuryBathgate Academy
13:00Cadette WomenPolonia PhoenixHoly Rood HS
15:00Senior WomenPolonia PhoenixHoly Rood HS

Regional Development Leagues - 26th October 2014

The next rounds of the Regional Development League take place on Sunday 26th October 2014 at Deans Community High and Bathgate Academy in West Lothian. Our youngsters are involved at Under 12 and Under 14 age groups.

Click for the full list of Regional Development League fixtures.

This link opens the fixtures in a new window and displays all U12s games. Use the tabs at the bottom of the screen to display fixtures for "U14 Boys" or "U14 Girls".

Exciting new programme for our members - Youth Leadership Programme

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Youth Leadership Programme in conjuction with basketballscotland and sportscotland.

This fully funded 2 year programme is aimed at developing the Club leaders of tomorrow to enable us to continue to be one of the top basketball Clubs in Scotland.

This is an outstanding opportunity open to our Club members and pupils of our partner schools (Leith Academy, Portobello High School, Holy Rood High School and Castlebrae Community High School), applicants must be aged between 16 and 23 years old and must be able to commit to the full 2 year programme.

Click here for an electronic version of our leaflet for more details. Paper versions of the leaflet are available on request. There are only 8 places on the programme so don't delay as the closing date is Friday 10th October. Email us at for an application form.