ABOUT THE CLUB

The Arrows were first formed in the January of 1991 following a meeting of parents and supporters in Chippinghouse Road, Sheffield to offset the great pressure being brought to fold the team of some 10 players under the then Sheffield Basketball Club.

Pete Kelly

Volunteer Directors

    Melanie Kelly

    Volunteer Directors

      Shaun Meakin

      Volunteer Directors

        The Beginning

        The Arrows were first formed in the January of 1991 following a meeting of parents and supporters in Chippinghouse Road, Sheffield to offset the great pressure being brought to fold the team of some 10 players under the then Sheffield Basketball Club.

        The team, many of which were from the successful Abbeydale Grange National Championship winning team plus Richard Windle from King Edward VII School and Bevan Mottram from Hinde House, decided to go it alone.

        There were obstacles everywhere but the club was determined. Playing out of Hillsborough Sports Centre, the group continued to compete at the highest level available with great success regularly reaching finals.

        Times were very tough for the Arrows. Training out of Abbeydale Grange School gym, the group and club was to become an amazing story of perseverance against the odds. Short of funding, but still a home for those who had little money but a determination to succeed, the club would continue to add teams at all age groups.

        The Club moved finally to Dronfield Sports Centre at around 1993 when it found support from a Sports Development leader called Barrie Murfin and a parent Shaun Meakin who is now a long term director of the club.

         

        The Club started to run sessions on a Friday from 6pm – 10pm that are still a feature of the current club.

        The Arrows have people everywhere who point to happy memories about their own times at the club. Local League basketball is a hotbed of players who have been through the system. There are players now bringing their own children to the club and that perhaps is one of the greatest endorsements.

        Has anything changed? Probably not. The Club still competes against the odds, on a very limited budget. But the current players from 5 year olds carry through the rich heritage of what has gone before and will build those never forgotten friendships through sport and will themselves make history.

        The Arrows Basketball Club owes its existence to those people who refused to buckle and break to those who stated that they could not have a club. They had a dream and a determination to reach out and build something that would develop people both on and off the court.

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