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London Leopards to apply to join BBL

London Leopards have announced that they intend to apply for a British Basketball League (BBL) franchise for the 2012/13 season and beyond.

London Leopards have announced that they intend to apply for a British Basketball League (BBL) franchise for the 2012/13 season and beyond.

Since supporters of the original Leopards reformed the club in 2004 the Big Cats have played in the England Basketball League Division One, winning the National Cup in 2005/6 and finishing runners-up in the league last season. With one of the biggest community programmes in the country and impressive home venues at the Brentwood Centre and Basildon Sporting Village, the club now feels ready to take the step forward to become a fully professional club.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce that we are actively looking to join the BBL for next season” said club chairman Fred Dicker.

“This is a very big step for our club but although it has taken time it has been our aim since our formation in 2004.
“The application process is not an easy one, but I believe we have quality personnel at the club to make a successful bid. We need to put in place a management team that will provide the skills required to run a BBL franchise with a desire to be competitive in our first season.

“I am also delighted to announce Gareth Roberts has accepted my invitation to be our club’s first Managing Director. Gareth has, in the past, held various roles within the club. He, along with Ian Mitchell, has set up our community programme. Gareth is a very bright young man with plenty of new ideas and fantastic energy which can only be an asset to the Leopards organisation.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our fans, sponsors and match day crew for their support and unending determination making us the organisation we are today.”

The Big Cats are currently looking for sponsors and partners to help take the club into the BBL, and expect to make an announcement as to whether their franchise application has been approved in March 2012.

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Sam Raphael Chadwick

    28th November 2011 at 2:41 pm

    The same London Leopards that are currently 1 – 3 with a points differential of -41 points.

    The same team that went 0 – 4 in the BBL Trophy including big lossed such as a 104 – 74 loss to Riders, a 113 – 72 loss to the MK lions, etc.

    In my opinion a bad idea by, I know we need a team in London, but we also need a team actually in London (not Brentwood) who will compete with the top teams in the League & this team cannot challange the likes of Newcastle, Leicester, Rocks, etc.

  2. Sam Raphael Chadwick

    28th November 2011 at 2:41 pm

    The same London Leopards that are currently 1 – 3 with a points differential of -41 points.

    The same team that went 0 – 4 in the BBL Trophy including big lossed such as a 104 – 74 loss to Riders, a 113 – 72 loss to the MK lions, etc.

    In my opinion a bad idea by, I know we need a team in London, but we also need a team actually in London (not Brentwood) who will compete with the top teams in the League & this team cannot challange the likes of Newcastle, Leicester, Rocks, etc.

  3. duane

    28th November 2011 at 3:55 pm

    @Sam – I think that in the Trophy games the Leopards acquitted themselves really well, and it proves the gap isn’t as big as you’d think. Going down by 30 points to the best team in the league is plenty respectable.

    Looking at the Wildcats from last year, they finished 7th in EBL I with a 7-11 record. This year, with a few imports, they are a competitive BBL team who will take a few victories over the course of the season. More importantly, they have a platform to build on for future years.

    The key for success for a BBL club is sustainability, as with a prudent financial model and a decent fan base then you can improve the quality of player.

  4. duane

    28th November 2011 at 3:55 pm

    @Sam – I think that in the Trophy games the Leopards acquitted themselves really well, and it proves the gap isn’t as big as you’d think. Going down by 30 points to the best team in the league is plenty respectable.

    Looking at the Wildcats from last year, they finished 7th in EBL I with a 7-11 record. This year, with a few imports, they are a competitive BBL team who will take a few victories over the course of the season. More importantly, they have a platform to build on for future years.

    The key for success for a BBL club is sustainability, as with a prudent financial model and a decent fan base then you can improve the quality of player.

  5. Rob S

    4th December 2011 at 1:44 pm

    DIdn’t know the Leopards roster for 2012/13 had been released! Bit premature to be writing them off, isn’t it?

  6. Wentey

    4th December 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Getting a team that can compete on the court is relatively easy th hard bit is having the team and infrastructure off the court….the leopards are more set up for that than some teams that are in the bbl now….great news and can’t wait to support them in the bbl the new Basildon venue is actually very nice,…

  7. Wentey

    4th December 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Getting a team that can compete on the court is relatively easy th hard bit is having the team and infrastructure off the court….the leopards are more set up for that than some teams that are in the bbl now….great news and can’t wait to support them in the bbl the new Basildon venue is actually very nice,…

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