The wait is finally over, the basketball season returns to the University of Chester at 5pm on Sunday 1st October 2017, as the National Basketball League (NBL) team take on Calderdale Explorers in the 2nd round of the National Cup.
While other University teams are just coming together for pre-season training, the University of Chester basketball team has continued through summer, building on their philosophy, adding key developments on and off the court that will be pivotal in their 2017/18 promotion campaign.
The NBL team have been preparing for another season in National Basketball League Division Three this season after finishing second in NBL Division 3 last season, narrowly missing out on promotion to Division 2. They start the season with an away game to Birmingham Mets on Saturday 30th September. Having learned valuable lessons from last season in Division 3, the NBL team hope to build on last season and achieve their target of promotion to NBL Division 2.
The Club is confident we will see the fruits of our labour come to fruition this season with an exciting team entering the court. While it is true we may have lost a talented Guard in Asim Khan, who we will miss as he returned to his hometown of Los Angeles, the team continues with a solid base line-up from last year’s campaign. The team has maintained key members, including talented front-court in McNutt and Strong, and back-court talent of Gillard (who will, unfortunately, be out injured until the new year) and last season’s league MVP, Brandreth, and are due to announce some exciting new additions. With this team, we will have the freedom to let the ball fly this season with confidence, and it’s going to one hell of an offensive display.
Over the summer, we have also seen the hard work of Coach Wilson and his Assistant Coach Halsall, in the development off the court, using student team ambassador Gillard to cement their legacy as one of Chester’s top teams, gaining collaborations with Students’ Union, Team Chester and now the Chester Alumni Association, who are supporting the team’s growth this season.
Our basketball philosophy is first and foremost to support those in education, surrounding them with alumni members who can offer guidance both on and off- court while also fostering a strong sense of Chester pride.
The BUCS season will also be starting soon, with the first games taking place on 11 October. Our BUCS Men’s 1st team will be looking to build on a last season’s strong league which included winning the BUCS Cup. Our BUCS Men’s second team will look to capitalise on a development season and wear the University and SU badge with honour in a promotion challenge, while our Women’s BUCS team will also be looking to challenge for promotion.
Current student or alumni and want to join us? Get down to our taster sessions which are at the Chester Campus Sports Hall from 7.30pm-8.30pm on Monday 2nd October and from 8pm-9.30pm on Wednesday 4th October. Or contact us via our Facebook or Twitter. We offer a range of opportunities to get involved in basketball and cater for all experience levels, from seasoned performers to beginners!