Under-18 Girls get new opportunity to grow

Ipswich's current under-16 Girls will have a new squad to step up into (Image: Pavel Kricka)

Ipswich Basketball Club has announced that it will not run a senior women’s team in the 2016-17 season, with the focus instead moving to the club’s first Under-18 Junior Women’s squad to compete in regional competition.

The new squad will be coached by Adam Robinson, who can’t wait to get started with his new players.

“Ahead of my first season as a head coach, I am very excited to work with a really talented group of young players and see what we can build this season,” said Robinson. “I had a chance to work with some of the girls during the East under-17 programme this summer, which was an ideal learning experience, and it certainly gave me some ideas about how we will approach the league campaign.”

Alongside the Ipswich Basketball Academy competing at under-19 level in the Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League this season, the move guarantees Ipswich’s academy girls get more games against their own age and a greater opportunity to develop.

“We’re very excited to break new ground again with the formation of an under-18 team for the girls’ programme,” said club chairman David Leach. “It’s a great boost that we can now offer a playing pathway all the way through to under-19 level for local talented youngsters whether male or female, and something we’ve wanted to achieve for a while.

“The aim is to try to get to the point in the next couple of years where we can re-establish a senior team on the women’s side, and complete that pathway all the way through to senior level.”

Ipswich under-18 Junior Women’s first game is Saturday, September 24th, as they host Lewisham Thunder at Copleston.