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Interested in getting more involved in the running of the Club? We always have opportunities to get involved both on and off the court. Email us at cityofedinburgh@gmail.com for more details

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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

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.

Our Club Players of the Year

Leanne Page

"Leanne came to City of Edinburgh about 5 years ago as an established international. She had won honours at her previous club and knows what it takes. She is a religiously hard worker, consistently putting in the same effort at practices as she does at games. A really good example for the younger players. This season she consistently came up with big scoring games. She was also usually given the toughest defensive assignments, and her efforts and success in that area were hugely instrumental in achieving our wins." Ben Gunn, Senior Women's Head Coach

Findlay Wood

"Findlay has been a consistently valuable member of City of Edinburgh Basketball squads over the years. One of an elite few who will end up going to three Euro B U18s Championships to represent his country. Findlay was an integral part of the U18s league winning campaign this year with few teams able to cope with his acceleration, ability to get to the basket and his vision to create shots for others. He also added a deadly perimeter threat as part of the sharp shooting U18s trio that lead the team to the league title. He was also able to step up and play an important role with the Senior Men's squad which is a difficult task for any Junior player." Craig Nicol, Talent Manager, Cadet Men Head Coach and Junior Men Assistant Coach

Race and Awards Night 2015

Saturday 9th May was the culmination of months of hard work by Simon Flockhart and the Youth Leaders to yet again put on a brilliant Awards and Race Night that saw the Club get together to celebrate the achievements of the players and coaches over the year. As well as being a great night out, it also raised over £2000 for Club funds.

Special thanks to all our sponsors from RSP Consulting Engineers who sponsored the night and Sainsbury's who provided some of the buffet to our race sponsors Rendall Kitchens, Mamma's Pizzeria and Image Scotland. The main awards of the night went to Leanne Page as Women's Player of the Year and Findlay Wood as Men's Player of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year was David Milne. David has spent countless hours this season filling out numerous forms for funding for the Club's various initiatives so he was an obvious choice for this award.

Well done to all our worthy award winners.

Age GroupMost ImprovedOutstanding Team ContributionMVP
Senior Men NLNeil RowanCraig ReillyPatrick Campbell
Senior Women NLKirsten SimpsonEmma FindlayLeanne Page
Senior Men LLMohamed IsmailTroy BattenNeil Rowan
Senior Women LLSonsiray AlvarezJenny SimpsonMinnie Knight
Aiko Greig
Junior Men D1Adam StobbartAdam StobbartKyle Jimenez
Junior Men D2Jordan ScottAli DittaRory Milne
Junior WomenCara Targett-NessNiamh WalkerRosanna Pollock
Cadet Men D1Blair StobbartOmar ShehataRyan Armour
Cadt Men D2 CaledoniaLewis MCColmDaniel Drake-WallaceFergal Herron
Cadet Men D2 ThistleLouis PickettOmar ShehataFinlay Rae
Cadette Women D1Tia DaviesZoe GibsonCasey Morrison
Cadette Women D2Jennifer CassidyRachael BradyKate Johnstone
Under 14 boys AShaun SamsonRhys HeavenOwen Mackle
Under 14 boys BRydion TironaLouis WebsterLewis McColm
Under 14 girlsMaja MajerowiczMary Candice TironaClaire Paterson

Hannah Peacock's GB diary

Senior Women player, Hannah Peacock is at the GB Senior Women's preparation camp. Here is her update so far:

"First day of camp was filled with fitness testing where everything you could imagine was measured! A functional movement test was carried out to identify our weaknesses so a personalised flexibility programme could be created. Our body fat percentage was then taken via the skin fold test before we headed on court. The speed test was a 20m sprint where we had to run through laser gates which gave a precise reading and vertical jump was taken on a digital mat which calculated your air time before giving you the height you jumped. The last test of the session was called the level 2 yoyo test which calculates your vo2max. I managed to get very good results on all of these tests which gave me some more confidence going into the next session!

After the testing day we have been following a three day cycle. Day one consists of one on court team taining session lasting 2.30hr where i have learned so much already! The other girls have a lot of experience with a few of them competing at the Olympics in 2012 and ive made sure to ask a lot of questions! The team session is followed by a individual session where the bigs and guards were split up. I really enjoyed these sessions as again I was given a lot of tips and could practice against people stronger, taller and more experienced than me!

Day two of the cycle involves a pool session in the morning which started with a game of water polo! A fun game very quickly escalated among a team of GB players so we had to stop before someone got hurt! We used foam noodles to stretch in the pool which really helped the muscle soreness in my legs. Afterwards I could walk reasonably normally again! In the afternoon we had a 2 hour team session which was very difficult mentally and physically as there was so much to learn.

Day three involved a strength and conditioning session which finished with a brutal core circuit! The only muscles in my body that weren't sore had now joined the rest of my body. I have learned the importance of fuelling your body with the correct food in order to continue training at this level. Water consumption is also key as your muscles lose a lot of power with the slightest dehydration. In the afternoon we used special watt bikes to test our power peak, anaerobic and aerobic ability. This involved us cycling as fast as possible for 6 seconds, 30 seconds and then 4 minutes. This pushed everyone to the max physically and mentally as your body just wants to stop but everyone managed to push through. I was very happy with my results here. Overall I was very pleased with my fitness levels going into the camp however I now know a lot of work is needed on my individual skill level in order to utilize my athleticism at this level."

Portobello Community Sports Challenge - Fun, Friendship and Fraternity

On Saturday 25th April the City of Edinburgh U16 Kings and Portoburgh U16 Bulls teams clashed in the inaugural Portobello Community Sports Challenge when they competed against each other at their respective sports. The fun U16 event came about following a discussion between Derek Ferguson and the Bulls’ coach Robert Shepherd. The main aim was to bring together two groups of sportsmen from within the Portobello Community. The challenge consisted of three parts, a game of basketball followed by a game of touch rugby then back to the rugby club for some pizza and socialising.

As expected, the Kings won the basketball and the Bulls took the honours at the rugby with both teams showing a high level of skill and determination in both sports. Parents’ and coaches complimented the players on their level of skills, particularly in their “non-specialised” sports, whilst noting how many of the skills are transferrable between the two sports. All in all a great day and much fun was had. Thanks to all the coaches and parents for coming along and supporting the event.

Under 14 girls meet the Harlem Globetrotters!

The 2014/15 u14 Girls marked the end of their season with an outing through to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow to watch the Harlem Globetrotters in action! Players, coach, mums, dads, brothers and sisters were treated to an exhibition of not only great basketball skills but also amazing gymnastic and athletic feats accompanied by constant humour! The girls were lucky enough to get a photo shot with the team on the court - much to the envy of many other B'ballers we met outside later!! Photo Thanks to Dom, Grace's dad! Check out Stretch - a mere 7'4"!! They also managed to get a few selfies and autographs at the meet and greet at the end.

Press coverage for the Club

The Scottish press visited the Club on Sunday as Jim Murphy visited MiniHoops and Under 10s. Some of our Youth Leaders and Talent Programme players also popped along to help out.

Most of the Scottish papers carried pictures of the Club members and Jim in his Club t-shirt.