The Gloucestershire School of Basketball
Under the umbrella of The Gloucestershire School of Basketball, the sport of basketball in Gloucestershire is looking forward to the next chapter of the sport in the county. The School of Basketball, which currently resides at Gloucestershire College, includes both the Gloucester Saxons Basketball Club and GLOZBALL CVLs (Central Venue Leagues).
As well as running a National League Men’s team in Division 4 South West of Basketball England’s regional structure, the Gloucestershire School of Basketball runs regular coaching and officiating courses at the college, as well as providing a 7 day a week venue for local basketball players.
Part of the School of Basketballs remit is to work with Gloucestershire Schools to increase participation and improve playing standards.
Current Sessions 2017/18
Balcarras School Satellite Club:
Every Monday – after school, boys and girls, years 8-11.
Crypt School Satellite Club:
Every Tuesday – Lunchtime club, Year 8 afternoon PE & after school, years 7-13
Ribstone High School Satellite Club:
Alternate weeks on Thursday – 3x Year 7 PE lessons
Gloucester Academy Satellite Club:
Every Friday – after school, years 7-13
ROAR Basketball Hereford Satellite Club:
Bishops School, Tupsley, Hereford
Every Saturday 09:00-10:30
Every Thursday 17:00-18:15
For updates, please visit the ROAR website.
Last season, 2016/17, the list of available sessions are as follows:
Mondays @ Wynstones School // after school // Cost: Free
Tuesdays @ Gloucester Academy // after school // Cost: Free
Wednesdays @ Crypt School // lunchtime, afternoon PE, after school
Fridays @ Riston Hall High School // lunchtime, after school // Cost: Free
Sessions in Cheltenham and Gloucester are run by existing Saxons lead community coach, Joe Grainger, assisted by other Basketball England registered Saxons Coaches, to cover emergencies. All coaches are briefed and evaluated to ensure that all players, either pupils from the school, or from the wider community receive high quality sessions, with an emphasis on fun, teamwork and confidence.
Prior to the clubs current working partnerships, King’s School, Gloucester and St. Peter’s School, Gloucester received a range of basketball sessions.
The School of Basketball can offer single taster sessions or provide a more structured programme over an agreed number of weeks to deliver coaching and/or tournament play with qualified officials. This is available for delivery before/during/after normal school hours.
As an example, during the 2016/17 season, the club worked with Kingsholm Primary School, delivering basketball as part of their Friday afternoon ‘SPORT UNIVERSITY’, having been invited back to the school following a highly successful 2016 Summer Term ‘outdoor basketball’ programme.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE SCHOOLS LEAGUES
The Gloucestershire School of Basketball currently hosts the yearly Gloucestershire Schools District Finals. Winners of each age group progress to the next round of the England Schools National Basketball Tournament.
2014 ULTIMATE URBAN FREESTYLE NIGHT
In July 2014 we hosted an Ultimate Urban Freestyle Night at the College. This saw the best urban sports stars from the world of basketball, BMX, football, beatbox and street dance – some of which are Guinness World record Holders – perform. This was free to the public with an Open Run so that local basketball players could play against streetball stars.
2011 GLOUCESTERSHIRE YOUTH SHOWCASE
In 2011 we demoed basketball training at Gloucestershire College as part of Gloucestershire Youth Showcase which allowed local kids and parents to take part and have a go at basketball. Some new to basketball still play for us to this day.
2009 3v3 STREET GAMES
In 2009 we held a 3 on 3 tournament as part of Street Games Gloucester at our old venue and in partnership with Oxstalls Sports Park. The day ended with an awards ceremony, music and a BBQ at Gloucester Tennis Centre involving the community and other sports like football and netball.
Gloucester Saxons are also in partnership with Aspire, who run GL1 Leisure Centre and Oxstalls Indoor Tennis Centre, University of Gloucestershire, Sportivate and Sport England to help develop basketball in Gloucester.