THE 2015/16 SEASON WILL BE OUR 33RD SEASON OF NATIONAL COMPETITION, A PROUD TRADITION OF PLAYING TOP QUALITY BASKETBALL, AND SOMETHING WE ARE VERY PROUD OF. THE PLYMOUTH RAIDERS ARE THE 2ND OLDEST CLUB IN THE COUNTRY, BEHIND ONLY THE LEICESTER RIDERS.
The very first season, 1983/84, tipped off on September 14th 1983, with us playing away at Calderdale Explorers. We lost that game, 84-97, but Plymouth finally had National League basketball exposure. The first ever home game was a one point loss (75-76) against Merseyside Mustangs on October 1st 1983. The first win of the season came at Nottingham when we won 96-74 on October 29th.
Since that first ever National League game, the Plymouth Raiders have become one of the most progressive and forward thinking clubs in the country. We won countless honours in England Basketball's National League competitions, and 5 seasons ago, in just our third season in the BBL, we won the BBL Trophy, in Newcastle against the home town and highly favoured Eagles.
Plymouth Raiders Development is a registered charity that was formed in 2000 and its primary function is to create opportunities for local basketball players to compete to the level of their capability.
The club runs a varied programme based out of City College Plymouth, offering opportunities for all levels, ages and genders to play basketball. Working closely with the professional team, clear links and pathways have been developed from players entering at the grass root level to the professional game.
Plymouth Raiders Development has had and continues to have players representing the City, County, Region and their Country, the club has representatives playing in Europe and America, and two players from the development are currently in the first team squad for the 2015/16 season.