About The Durham Wildcats
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The Durham Wildcats is a joint venture between Durham University and Durham County Council, supported with the ambition of developing the strongest basketball programme in Britain. Going into our second season:
- our men’s first team play in the British Basketball League; and
- our women play in England Basketball National League Division 2
The British Basketball League (BBL) has been in existence since 1987, and represents the highest level of the professional game in the UK. In 2012/13 fourteen franchises in major towns and cities will take part in the league, spanning Plymouth in the south-west all the way up to Glasgow, north of the border. Live televised games are covered by Sky Sports on a weekly basis throughout the season.
Development is at the heart of our programme. Our men’s and women’s senior playing squad are recruited to Durham University to combine Higher Education study with elite basketball. Our objective is simple – to ensure that our players grow as athletes and as people during their time in the programme. If they do this we will win both on and off the court.
We also have strong links to Further Education Colleges with sixth form academies now established at both East Durham and Hartlepool College. Our objective is to establish up to four sixth form programmes across the County, ensuring that any aspiring young basketball player has a programme close to their home.
At a grass roots level our programme continues to flourish. Last season we delivered over 800 hours of basketball coaching and worked with over 7000 young people, many of whom were new to the sport. Our junior satellite academies are where we hope to unearth our next BBL star!