Years ago you may or may not know that Milton Keynes was home to a professional Basketball Team but since those days, there has been little in the way of Basketball Development on a large scale in Milton Keynes.
Below are details of Milton Keynes Basketball club that is already providing basketball for over 750 children in Milton Keynes. They have plans to grow, including for a competitive adult team.
''Milton Keynes Basketball Club is providing basketball for 750 children aged 4-18 in Milton Keynes on a weekly basis. MKBC provide 60 club sessions a week across 6 different venues; Bletchley Leisure Centre, Hazeley Academy, Oakgrove School, Shenley Brook End School, Stantonbury Leisure Centre and St Paul’s Catholic School. In addition to our club sessions, we also have strong partnerships with various primary and secondary schools across MK, providing specialist basketball coaching and clubs in over 30 MK Schools.
As a community club, our philosophy is to offer local basketball to as many Milton Keynes kids as possible, both at a recreational level and for the most talented kids, at national level. For recreational groups, as well as weekly training sessions, we also offer regular gamedays encouraging competitive basketball between our basketball centres without ever leaving MK!
Our talent programmes start with our U10 All Stars (both boys and girls) - we run Junior National League teams at U12/14/16 girls and U12/14/16 and 18 boys. September 2021, in conjunction with the 5D Trust (Hazeley Academy & Shenley Brook End), saw us introduce a 6th Form Basketball Academy, allowing the very best basketball talent to stay right here in MK.
Our community commitment extends far beyond our own club programme, working with local organisations like the MK Community Foundation, local Parish Councils and local charity 5 On It to provide free summer outdoor basketball coaching, 3v3 local basketball competitions, and regular holiday basketball camps. Plus we work with the “The Barefoot Project’ charity, collecting old and unwanted sport wear from our members to send to kids in South Africa, Fiji and Samoa.
Through the governments Kickstart programme, we also employ five young local people, four as basketball coaches, one on social media who support a volunteer coaching team, many with Great Britain, England, and National League experience. As well as coaching our community groups, they provide specialist basketball coaching to over 30 MK primary and secondary schools.
Next season will see us bringing back Senior Men’s basketball to Milton Keynes – (10 years after Mk Lions left), as we continue our growth, development and expansion, putting Milton Keynes firmly on the map as a major UK basketball destination.''
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