Raiders Launch New Local Junior Teams & League

The Plymouth Raiders are excited to announce the launch of eight new junior basketball teams, along with a new regular season Junior Central Venue League, something not seen in the city for over a decade.

The teams, based at different locations across Plymouth, will provide localised access to training and competitive playing opportunities for primary school children up to the age of 11, with plans to grow the programme over the coming years to include playing opportunities up to the age of 18.

Although the teams will all sit under the Raiders’ new Foundation, the teams will all have their own individual identities, named after the famous teams from the NBA in the US.

From late October, those who join the Plymouth City Thunder, Eggbuckland Bucks, Plymstock Pelicans, Plympton Pacers, Estover Spurs, Saltash Suns, Devonport Knicks or Whitleigh Warriors, will not only get expert tutelage from Raiders’ own team of professional coaches, but each team will be assisted by one of our BBL players who will work consistently with the squad through the year.

Raiders’ Director, Richard Mollard said, “We’ve been working hard over the past year to devise a longer term plan to grow the sport in the region, and we’re incredibly proud to be able to start executing this plan with the launch of this new grassroots programme.

“Ross and I were both lucky enough to play junior local league basketball when we were growing up in the city, and it’s been a personal goal of ours to provide the youngsters of today with the same opportunities we had.

“The teams and league will not only provide the opportunity for greater numbers of kids to take up the sport and play inter-city competitions, but it will also provide a platform to grow and improve new coaches, table officials and referees for the future.

“This new playing structure will also support our existing Raiders’ Development programme, which provides regional and national league playing opportunities, and it’s expected that the increase in participation levels will result in a greater number of talented players being identified at an earlier age.”

The new teams will start their sessions the week commencing Monday 29th of October, with the first Central Venue Tournament planned for over the Christmas holidays, followed by one a month until the end of the season.

If you would like to know more and register your interest, please email [email protected].  Equally, if you or your company would like to support the new junior programme by way of sponsorship or donations, please email [email protected]


Plymouth City Thunder

Weekly from Tuesday  30th October, 6-7pm

Plymouth School Of Creative Arts, 22 Millbay Rd, Millbay, Plymouth PL1 3EG

Eggbuckland Bucks

Weekly from Wednesday 31st October, 5-6pm

Eggbuckland Community College, Westcott Cl, Plymouth PL6 5YB

Plymstock Pelicans

Weekly from Thursday 1st November, 5-6pm

Coombe Dean School, Charnhill Way, Plymouth PL9 8ES

Plympton Pacers

Weekly from Wednesday 31st October, 5-6pm

Hele’s School, Seymour Road, Plympton, Plymouth PL7 4LT

Estover Spurs (move from Marjon Mavericks)

Weekly from Monday 29th October, 5-6pm

Tor Bridge High, Miller Way, Plymouth PL6 8UN

Saltash Suns

Weekly from Monday 29th October, 6-7pm

China Fleet Country Club, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6LJ

Devonport Knicks

Weekly from Wednesday 31st October, 6-7pm

City College Plymouth, Kings Rd, Plymouth PL1 5QG

Whitleigh Warriors

Weekly from Mon 29th October, 5.50-6.50pm

Sir John Hunt Community Sports College, Lancaster Gardens, Plymouth PL5 4AA