The Foundation is a Community Interest Company (CIC), run independently of the Raiders professional team. It was set up with the aim of benefitting the education, health and well being of the young people in Plymouth, and the wider counties of Devon & Cornwall. It especially promotes social inclusion through the medium of sport and physical activity (in particular, basketball).
Plympton Academy – Monday 5-6pm
Coombe Dean School – Thursday 5-6pm
These are sessions run in the community for Under 11s. Anyone can turn up to these sessions, pay £2 for the hour and enjoy learning basketball and play the game. The sessions are delivered by Raiders’ community coaches and first team BBL players. You don’t have to pre book or anything like that, just turn up and have fun!
We have some big plans for these and other new sessions that we want to set up around the city like these. Watch this space!
Lipson School – Wednesday, TBC
A new addition to the area, Walking Basketball will hopefully attract players who used to play the game when they were much younger, to return to the sport. It will also provide a healthy and fun activity for beginners to take up and even for basketball players who have sustained injuries and are unable to play a normal game of basketball. Why not come along and give it a go… you’ll be surprised just how much you enjoy it! There is no need to pre book, just turn up, pay £3 for the hour and get yourself playing!
Marjon University – Monday, 7-8pm
This session has grown out of the Project Hub session (mentioned below), and is specifically for girls only. The session is coached by Millie Roberts, one of the Raiders’ community coaches, and also regularly has Nathan Schall from the Men’s BBL team coaching as well. Again, no need to pre book attendance at the session. It’s just £2 for the hour. Minimum age is 11 years old. We hope to start an Under 11s girls session sometime in the coming months as well. The group are supported by Nomenca as a sponsor – huge thanks to them for their support and commitment this season.
Plymouth YMCA – Wednesday – ?-?pm
The Learning Disabilities session is run in conjunction with funding from Basketball England the help and support of the Special Olympics here in Plymouth.
If you are new to this session, please contact the Special Olympics in Plymouth before coming – 01752 408271
We work in the following schools as part of the Premier League 4 Sport scheme that is operated by Plymouth Argyle Community Trust.
Notre Dame School (Plymouth) – Girls only session
Tor Bridge High(Plymouth) – Girls only session
These are run through a mixture of partners – we have several that are run through our own governing body – Basketball England – and others who are run through the Plymouth Argyle Community Trust.
Marine Academy Plymouth
Eggbuckland Community College
Stoke Damerel Community College
We have received funding over the last 2 years from Sport England to help basketball really get off the ground in various areas of Devon and Cornwall. The most notable successes have been in St Austell where there are now two men’s teams playing in the Cornish league, where before there was none.
We are also supporting a Men’s Truro team as well as associated sessions for Under 16s and Under 18s. We have introduced and sustained basketball sessions in Paignton and Torquay areas for girls, under 16s and under 18s, the Raiders Over 35s has been a regular success here in Plymouth, along with the Raiders Under 16 girls sessions. And we’ve introduced basketball to Torpoint in Cornwall – something that has never been done, and this has led to a resurgence in the sport at the school there too.
This funding has also allowed us to train 12 new basketball coaches to help deliver these activities, and to launch the new Walking Basketball initiative. We’re very proud of the impact that we have made in the area through this funding, and look forward to achieving more in the future.