The University of Sheffield Spartans Basketball Club has recently undergone a make over after two years of partnership with Arrows Basketball Club. The club recently added Spartans to its name changing from the previous USB. University clubs are always very intresting as almost every year, a new student is in control of the club. The club is now under the management of Fraser Campbell, current second team captain, who played his junior basketball at Northampton.
The name change is not the only decision that Fraser has overseen, the club is very pleased to announce a partnership with the charity Diabetes UK. The Basketball club aim to hold at least 1 fundraiser a year for the charity. The club are also pleased to announce the sponsorship of Reynolds Insurance Firm, as a sponsor for a new second team kit.
On the court the club hold their annual Summer Camp at Goodwin Sports Centre. The club who are linked with Arrows Basketball Club, often invite a small handful of players to come work out with them over the week.
The club is under their third year of coaching by Arrows junior coach Jonathan Kelly. Kelly often asks for assistance from the Arrows overseas player that year, and the club has already seen R.B. Clyburn (1st team Assistant 11/12) and Rob Valentine (2nd Team Coach 12/13) help them with their rising success. The club is also excited to be recieving Darren Best as their second team coach for the year and hope to learn alot from him.
In the two previous years under the coaching structures of Kelly, the club has seen a League championship (North 3B) and a Semi-Final appearence (Northern Conference Cup 12/13) along with a 50% season in North 2B in the previous year. The second team completed their inaugural season last year under the coaching of Rob Valentine, and finished second place (North 4C) with just a single loss. The team also managed to reach the Quarter-final (Norther Conference Cup) only to be beaten by their fellow team mates the first team.
Jonathan Kelly had these words to say about the upcoming season, "I am delighted to be coaching a third year at the university. I was honoured to be awarded University of Sheffield Coach of the Year award with fellow coach Rob Valentine last year. It puts pressure on me and Darren to get things right this year! This is very exciting for me this year as some of the players i picked up in my first year coaching will be graduating at the end of the season. It has been a three year building process to this point and hope we can make a push for promotion this year. The club is very excited to see a returning James Rowe from the year before and recruit Arrows star Akin Lisk-Carew. These are recruitments we have made even before getting the Freshmen trialists, which is a major plus!".
Kelly continues, "This season is going to be a tough one as we try and go for league and cup success, and it is always impressive to see the players work hard and perform on a regular basis and see them keep up with their highly demanding academics. For the second team it will be tough to try and get promotion out of a league last year they could have won. I am confident however with the remaining players of last year and hopefully talent coming through the doors, we can make a push on all fronts".
The Spartans encourage all people to come watch and support your local university team at Goodwin Sports Centre on Wednesday afternoon/evenings.These sessions are coached by;