Coalville Basketball Club  03/12/2008


L&RBA Launch New Website

The Leicestershire & Rutland Basketball Association have
launched their new look website with a colourful modern logo
and an upbeat site that will be packed full of basketball
information, news and views, for all levels around the
region plus links to other sites.

Having placed the design work in the capable hands of Simon
Hoult (,
Leicestershire & Rutland Basketball Association are now able
to launch their website at The profile requested was
for a modern and fresh looking site that will attract all
basketball enthusiasts by mirroring the flavour of the game
as portrayed in the USA. Simon has achieved this with his
design and also taken the L&RBA one step further by adding
an active modern logo.

The L&RBA’s ambition and aim is for the site to provide
information, news, views and updates to all levels of the
sport and encourage contributions from those who have
comments to make through active participation and reporting.
The website will remain visible during construction so do
keep visiting.12/11/2008

Cougars EBL Action Group

Coalville Basketball Club are looking to put together a
group of individuals to assist with the Coalville Cougars
National League team and season preparations. As a club we
are about to take a further step to create a family
orientated basketball entertainment evening to serve the
surrounding areas.

A meeting will be arranged in December 2008 or January 2009
to put plans in place before entries to England Basketball
are submitted from February 2009.

We are looking for individuals who are willing to help both
on game nights and otherwise. You don’t have to be a current
member of Coalville Basketball Club as the new team will
represent the area and offer a team for all to support and
be proud of.

Please email to register your
interest and we will then organise a meeting to discuss the
further plans.15/09/2008

Cougars sign Riders ‘Young Guns’

As part of the recent partnership, with the Jelson Homes DMU
Leicester Riders,
Coalville Basketball Club have signed Emile
Hopkins and Mike Martin to their roster for the 2008/09
The pair both made their BBL debuts for the Leicester Riders
last season and, along with the Cougars, will continue to
play for the Leicester club this season.

Chairman, Lee Alesbrook said, “I’m very excited to have
Emile and Mike working with the club. They are committed to
our National League preparations and this is an ideal
situation to get some consistency in place. Both Emile and
Mike have been playing in our summer league so we know they
have been working hard over the summer”.

Emile can run the floor and is an incredible
athlete, whilst Mike is a precise shooter of the ball. Both
have shown a great work ethic in their time with the Riders
and will hopefully continue with this for Coalville.11/09/2008

Riders Deal to boost Cougars

Coalville Basketball Club are pleased to announce their new
partnership with the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders. The
deal will allow both clubs to assist each other both on and
off the court. The Riders will be able to use the new
Cougars National League team to develop their players whilst
the Cougars are only too happy with the situation helping to
improve their ‘home grown’ talent.

Russell Levenston Riders GM commented “It is great to be in
partnership with the Cougars, I have been impressed with
them since I came to Leicester and they come with a
reputation of always pushing the limits of what a Basketball
club can offer. We have been working with them for the last
12 months but now we have an official agreement we can take
large steps forward. Along with the obvious benefits for
both clubs with regards to developing talent, we now have
the opportunity to provide quality coaching throughout North
West Leicestershire”.

One of the key aspects of the new partnership will be the
continuity with players, tactics and even the Cougars
training venue will be shared between the two clubs. To
further this continuity the Coalville Cougars have appointed
Mindaugas Janiska as head coach of their main A team squad
for the 2008/09 season. This latest development comes as
part of the build up to the Cougars National League
programme scheduled to tip off for the 2009/10 season.

The Lithuanian guard, known as ‘MD’, plays professionally
for the Leicester Riders and he represented Lithuania at
U-18 level. He also spent some time at college in America
and briefly played for Eiffel Towers in Holland’s top

“We’re delighted to have MD on board,” said spokesman Simon
Hoult. “He has a track record as a professional player and
his experience should help Cougars take their next step. I
believe this is MD’s first coaching job but he knows the
game inside out and more importantly he plays a very similar
style to the Cougars being aggressive at both ends of the

With the season less than 3 weeks away, more news is
expected soon.08/09/2008

Cougar Cubs junior training on Tuesdays

Coalville Basketball Club Junior training will take place on
Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. The session is for all the
younger members of the club, year 7 and up, although younger
players are welcome. So if you have attended before or want
to get involved please come along.

Once the regular season get underway training should revert
back to the two separate sessions so keep checking back for
more information.30/07/2008

Hermitage backs Cougars National Program

Coalville Basketball Club are pleased to announce their new
partnership with the Hermitage Leisure Centre in Whitwick,
Coalville. In anticipation of the Cougars National League
team to launch for the 2009/10 season the Cougars will
familiarise themselves with the 800 seater venue by hosting
their National Founders Cup games there during the 2008/09

The Hermitage Leisure Centre will provide all the capacity
and support the Cougars need to expand along with the
ability to create a true family atmosphere. Fans of the new
National League team will be able to take advantage of the
great facilities and could even have a dip in the pool
before games or have a drink with the players in the bar

Centre Manager, Duncan Gibb said “The centre has
historically been a huge supporter of local clubs and has
been involved in a number of successful partnerships, which
include North West Leicestershire Comets Volleyball Club’s
participation in the National Volleyball League, and the
setting up of a link to feed young players into Coalville
Rugby Club from our training partnership with Leicester

We have been hugely impressed with the commitment and vision
shown by those behind the scenes at the Cougars, and will be
looking to work closely with them in not only the delivery
of league basketball within the district, but also in
offering top quality coaching opportunities to local

For further details of the new venue and directions
click here.

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