Coalville Basketball Club 11/05/2007

Coalville Basketball AGMThe Coalville
Basketball Clubs AGM will be on Wednesday 23rd May.
The meeting will start at 9.00pm in the Forest Rock
Public House.

If you are interested in finding more information about the
current position of the club, want to get involved with the
day to day running of the club or have your opinion heard
then this is your chance. The meeting is for all committee
and club members so if you are not available but still would
like your say please

email here with any comments or questions.17/04/2007

“Summer Hoops 2007” goes Live!Coalville
Basketball Club are pleased to announce that the “Summer
Hoops 2007” league will go ahead and the

new mini-site has been launched today. The format will
be a full league competition with every team playing against
each other. All games will be held at our central venue,
Castle Rock High School throughout June and July with the
enthisis of the league on fun, making new friends and
getting plenty of good basketball action.

For rules, information and an application form please check
our league mini-site at… are limited
so please apply early!28/03/2007

David Geary Officially JoinsCoalville
Basketball Club are pleased to announce that National League
referee, David Geary, will be representing and working with
the club for the 2007/08 season.

David started officiating back in 1984, aged 21, to prevent
the club he was playing for at the time from being ejected
from the league. He went on a course with the legendary Mac
Callender so they could share the load for the following
season. Believe it or not David passed but Mac failed! It
took Mac a further 10 years before trying again and rising
to great refereeing heights! David then became a National
League referee within 3 years and spent the late 80’s
officiating in what we now know as the BBL before
‘emigrating’ to China for a couple of years.

Around 7 years ago David took a break from refereeing to
pursue other interests. However 3 years ago he returned to
help out yet another team, because you guessed it… they
were going to ejected from the league if they couldn’t
provide a referee. David now joins Coalville Basketball with
a view to helping the club in our efforts to improve both
men’s and ladies Basketball locally. He will also encourage
and promote participation in officiating within Coalville,
again with the aim of assisting the club to provide
resources from within to build a stronger club in all areas.07/03/2007

Small Grants for Small GroupsCoalville
Basketball Club have been awarded a small grant from the
Leicestershire Funding Toolkit. The “Small Grants for Small
Groups” New Year Fund has made between 50 and 80 small
grants to community organisations in the Leicestershire
area.Whilst the Leicestershire
Funding Toolkit say that a grant of £100 will not change the
world, it will make things much better at Coalville
Basketball Club. Many thanks!08/02/2007

Cougars progress to Semi FinalThe Coalville Cougars gained their
place in the Cup Semi Final with a 1 point win against
Leicester University. The Cougars only managed to put
together a depleted team of 6 players from the full squad of
20 usually available.

The game was a close contest with the sides tied for most of
the game. With the Cougars trailing 56-54 in the final
seconds, Carl Stokes pushed the ball and looked to be going
all the way to take the game into overtime. However Carl had
other ideas as he pulled up for a huge 3 pointer to seal the
game on the buzzer. Coalville will now face Cottesmore
Flyers following their impressive win against Division 2
leading Bosworth Blazers.01/02/2007

Fundraising & Charity Cycle RideOn 17th March
Coalville Basketball Club are organising a Fundraising &
Charity Cycle Ride. The proceeds will help fund Coalville
Basketball Club with an additional donation being made to
the best fundraisers charity of choice. The Cycle Ride is a
fun and active day for members of the Basketball Club. This
year’s route will be the 25 miles (40 km) around Rutland
Water and is 95% off road.

We are hoping to make this a year to remember, so the more
money raised; the more successful we will be at achieving
our goal. Thank you very much for your help!27/01/2007

New Sponsor – Living by
DesignThe newly formed Living by Design Ltd
have stepped up and committed to sponsor Coalville
Basketball Club for the 2007/08 season. The Coalville based
company have pledged to make a significant contribution that
will help the club develop even further.

Living by Design Ltd are specialists in building extensions
and loft conversions although they are fully competent in
all aspects of property development. They manage complete
projects from the initial design concepts through to
building completion. If you have any property enquiries
please contact Living by Design by

clicking here.17/01/2007

Congratulations to the
Zhang’s!Congratulations to
the Zhang family on the birth of their baby boy!

Sean Zhang was born in Nottingham QMC at 2:42pm on Tuesday
16th January. A big baby at 4.12kg should be as tall father
Bo by the age of 10! With very big hands and feet is set to
become a Cougars star in a “few” years. Baby and mum are
both fine and best wishes from Coalville Basketball Club for
the future.04/01/2007

Cougars Sign Groby DuoCoalville Cougars
have signed ex-Groby backcourt duo Adrian Steeples and Tom
Smith for the remainder of the season. Coalville were
contacted by Adrian before Christmas showing his interest in
joining the Cougars outfit. He was very pleased with the
progress and professional nature of the whole club over the
last couple of seasons and wanted to be part of the further

Along with Adrian, Cougars managed to secure the services of
Tom Smith, a great guard with lots of potential to evolve
within the Coalville structure.

Coalville Chairman, Lee Alesbrook commented “Adrian and
Tom have both had lots of success over the last few seasons
with Groby and were the nucleus of that team. I believe that
they were both heavily involved off the court too and did
lots of work for the Groby club. I’m not sure what has
happened recently to make them feel that they had to move
but that Isn’t our concern. I’d like to take this
opportunity, on behalf of Coalville Basketball Club, to
welcome them on board”.

Although Coalville are still to have the transfer confirmed
it is now only a matter of paperwork before both Adrian and
Tom are officially Coalville Cougars.03/01/2007

Cougars invited back for
IBT2007In a repeat of last
years close season the Coalville Cougars will start their
2007 International tour with the 24th Tantalus International
Basketball Tournament in Holland. The tournament is held by
Basketball Club “Tantalus” on the 4th – 6th of May 2007 and
as always will take place in Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
The Cougars will join around 40 other teams from across
Europe for the Tournament.

In 2006 the Cougars did themselves proud with a 4-3 record.
This year the Cougars will be hoping to go a little better
and get through to the knockout stages.The event is well known for its
sportsmanship and integration of different cultures. The
Cougars made many friends in 2006 and are looking forward to
meeting them all again this year. Further details are on our

message board.13/12/2006

Coalville Basketball Needs You!Coalville
Basketball Club is expanding and you have the opportunity to
be part of it. In early preparation for the 2007/08 season
Coalville Basketball are asking for a show of potential
members interested in joining the club. Although we are not
asking for a commitment at this stage we would like to
access the interest and availability of male and
femaleplayers* for the 2007/08 season. Along
with players we will also require referees and
tableofficials and the final number of teams
entered into competition will largely depend on this.

Over the past 12 months Coalville Basketball have introduced
the “Cougar Cubs” youth development programs at Castle Rock
High School for 11 to 16 year olds. Along with this they
have forged strong links with the South Charnwood
Family of Schools including Stanton Under Bardon, Thornton,
Mercenfield and Stafford Leys. The commitment to youth
programs and coaching will increase and continue alongside
any new teams that are decided to be introduced.
If you are interested becoming a member of Coalville
Basketball Club in any capacity please contact us via email
here… Please include you name,
current level you are at and if you are a player or

*Although we are asking for the potential
interest of players we make no guarantees that any team will
actually take place. This exercise is to access general

Cougars Link with Local
SchoolsIn addition to
Coalville Basketball Club’s strong links with Castle Rock
High School in Coalville the club has now created
links with the South Charnwood Family of Schools. The four
primary schools that will be given the opportunity to take
up coaching will be Stanton Under Bardon, Thornton,
Mercenfield and Stafford Leys.

To kick start the links with Coalville Basketball Club the
schools will be provided with at least 6 weeks of coaching
ending with a festival at the Cougars home court at Castle
Rock High School. Coaching is planned to start after
Christmas and New Year with the festival taking place in
early February. The current coaching sessions are for South
Charnwood High School pupils and are year 9 boys. More
details about this session and others can be found on our
“Cougar Cubs”

youth page.24/09/2006

Ex-Riders Star signs with
CoalvilleFormer Leicester Riders forward, James
Hurrell, has joined the Coalville Cougars for the 2006/07
season. James has been training with the Cougars over the
summer and mainly due to his speed around the court at 6′ 8″
fits into the Cougars style of play very nicely. Along with
this James is one of the most high flying, athletic players
ever to put on a Riders vest so seeing him in action for the
Cougars is highly anticipated.

During his time with the Leicester Riders he helped them to
the biggest prizes in British Basketball winning the BBL
Championship Finals and BBL Trophy in 2001. Hurrell said
“I am looking forward to the new season. I got on very well
with the Coalville players over the summer and they are a
good bunch of guys”. The signing of James concludes the
team for the following season.15/09/2006

EGM – Wednesday 20thAn E.G.M. has been
called for Wednesday 20th at the Forest Rock Public House to
start at 9pm. If you are interested in finding more
information about the current position of the club, want to
get involved with the day to day running of the club or have
your opinion heard then this is your chance.

The meeting is for all committee and club members so please
post on our

message board to let us know if you are available or
not. If you are not available but still would like your say

email here with any comments or questions.14/09/2006

Lutterworth Game CancelledDue to unforeseen circumstances the
Coalville Cougars vs Lutterworth Harriers game on
Wednesday 20th September has been cancelled. Hopefully
the two teams will be able to rearrange the friendly fixture
for a later date.13/09/2006

YeeeHaaa! Bo joins the CougarsThe Coalville Cougars have signed new
player, Bo Zhang just in time for the new season. Bo started
his career playing at Chongqing University in China. During
his four seasons with Chongqing he managed to win the
division every year. Since then Bo has travelled to England
and has played for Loughborough University for the past
couple of seasons.12/09/2006

Lutterworth Harriers ReturnThe Coalville Cougars are playing the
return leg of their friendly series against the Harriers on
Wednesday 20th September at 7.15pm.
Lutterworth will be the first competitive game in the new
facility and both teams are looking forward to trying it

The game will give the Coalville Cougars, who only move into
the facility on the 13th, a much needed opportunity to get
used to the new court and see how they have progressed over
the summer months.11/09/2006

New Venue is Ready!The Coalville
Cougars will move into their new venue at Castle Rock High
School this week to prepare for the upcoming season.
Training will start at 7.00pm on Wednesday. The venue has
been built over the summer of 2006 and is near the same site
as the Cougars previous court at King Edward VII College.
For full details and directions

click here.08/09/2006

The Boys are back in TownAfter working hard
at Coalville summer training the Cougars are pleased to see
the return of core players. Richard Williams, Carl Stokes,
Christiaan Moore, Jamie Greasley and Brett Katchick are all
returning for the 2006/07 season. Apart from a short break
with the Swadlincote Scorpions, Richard and Carl have been
playing at Coalville for over 10 years. Whilst Christiaan,
Jamie and Brett are relatively new to the club they show a
true team attitude and Coalville Basketball Club are very
proud to be associated with them.

The roster is now almost complete but the Cougars are hoping
to add at least one further player by the end of next week.

Click here to view the current roster.07/09/2006

Cougars stuck in a Rutt?Coalville Cougars
managed to retain the services of Carl and Paul Rutt for the
upcoming season. The brothers have played for many teams
over the years, coming through the Leicester Riders
programs, but playing at Coalville has given them a rare
opportunity to play for the same team. Both players bring
much needed experience of playing in higher divisions and
although veterans of the game will contribute to the overall
quality of the team. 06/09/2006

Long Serving Veterans
ConfirmedNeil McHugh, Lee
Alesbrook and Andres Algaraz will return for yet another
season with the Coalville Cougars. Andres is entering his
6th straight season with the club and is a previous top
scorer so knows all about putting the ball in the basket.
Neil and Lee originally started playing for Coalville many
years ago when the Men’s team was known as Merlin Mavericks.
Both players have been to many clubs since then but returned
to their home team proving… “Once a Cougar, always a

Award Winning Trio ReturnCoalville
Basketball Club are proud to announce the re-signing of star
trio Bruce Lauder, Ben Herbert and Simon Hoult from the
unbeaten 2005/06 season.

Coach Steven Farmer said “We are very excited about
managing to keep the nucleus of last years team. We have
some great challenges ahead of us and these guys will get
the job done. They are very contrasting players and bring
very different abilities to the court”.

Bruce, Ben and Simon are all committed to Coalville
Basketball Club for the foreseeable future and are all
attracted by the professional aspects of the organisation.
Returning player Simon Hoult commented “I really enjoyed
playing alongside Ben and Bruce last season and hopefully we
can repeat our success again this year. However the key
factor for 06/07 will be keeping the majority of last years
team as we complimented each others games nicely. Although I
am very positive we are setting realistic goals. A record
with more W’s than L’s will suit us and justify us being in
this division”.02/09/2006

LBBL Fixtures ReleasedThe LBBL fixtures
were released today showing who the Cougars will be facing
for the 2006/07 season. What looks to be one of the most
competitive divisions for many years should be just the
challenge the Coalville Cougars were looking for. Whilst 8
clubs have their “A” team in the division the other 2 teams
still very strong, including Groby who went unbeaten in
Division 3 last season.

Coalville have also drawn Swadlincote Scorpions in the 1st
round of the William Taylor Cup, who are a team Coalville
know all about. The Cougars Steven Farmer, Simon Hoult, Carl
Stokes, Richard Williams and Christiaan Moore have all
played for the Scorpions in recent years. Cougars captain
Lee Alesbrook said “We are very excited about the task
ahead. Whilst we will enjoy every minute of the upcoming
season, we are setting ourselves realistic goals and are
concentrating on bringing on the youth element to ensure the
clubs future”.30/08/2006

Ruwende joins the CougarsNigel Omar Ruwende
is the first player in 5 years to come through from
Coalville Juniors to play for the Cougars men’s team.
Coalville Basketball Club are hoping that this is just the
start of things to come with the new junior coaching
programs starting in 2006.

The 5′ 7″ guard has showed great potential over the past 12
months and Coach Steven Farmer is looking forward to seeing
Nigel’s game develop alongside the more experienced Cougars
players. We hope to announce the remainder of the team over
next week.23/08/2006

Sponsor – SwiSh basketballSwiSh basketball
are set to join our other sponsors supporting Coalville
Basketball Club for 2006/07. SwiSh, who are helping the club
with Basketball equipment,
started trading in the late summer of 2005 and are currently
working hard at extending its catalogue to provide many
advantages to basketball players.

The idea for SwiSh developed from their personal
experiences. As a family they have spent many hours over
several years trying to hunt down the kit wanted or needed
for their three boys to play basketball. Shops stocking any
range of basketball kit are few and far between and those
stocking a good range even scarcer. The answer… a
specialist basketball apparel outlet with a good range of
stock for all sizes and shapes of Basketball player. And
here it is… SwiSh, a reliable source for the basketball
apparel you want and need.22/08/2006

Sponsor – Surfacing
StandardsSurfacing Standards
Ltd are supporting Coalville Basketball Club for 2006/07
with significant funding to further develop the club.

Surfacing Standards Ltd was established to provide
specifiers of sport & play surfaces with professional
support services at all stages of a project. The company
work closely with organisations such as schools, local
authorities and sports clubs to become fully involved in
each project and aim to ensure that the final facility meets
the expectations of all involved.21/08/2006

Schlüter and PPD renew dealsSchlüter-Systems Ltd and Plant Process Design have both
stepped up for a second season to support Coalville
Basketball. Schlüter-Systems is the number one
worldwide supplier for accessories for use with ceramic and
stone tiling installations, and following last years success
have decided to support the local club by donating towards
youth development and providing additional support for the
Cougars men’s team.

PPD are a multi-tasking
multi-national company specializing in the design,
co-ordination and support of manufacturing facilities.
Predominantly in the food and healthcare industries. PPD
were the Cougars first sponsor and Coalville Basketball Club
are proud to be involved with such an accomplished company.16/08/2006

Cougars Basketball TrialsCoalville
Basketball Club are holding trials for the Cougars Men’s
team on Tuesday 22nd and 29th August ’06 at Loughborough
University *. Both sessions will be 7pm – 9pm.

If you are interested in playing for the Cougars and are
able to commit for the 2006/07 season please contact us via
the details below and attend the above mentioned training
sessions. If you wish to play but are unable to attend
please let us know well in advance. Although the main
purpose of the trials is to access the interest and
availability of players no position on the roster is safe.

* Venue subject to change for the 29th August ’06 trial.

Simon Hoult


Text: 07970 82051726/06/2006

New Venue for 2006Coalville
Basketball Club are moving to a brand new venue at Castle
Rock High School for the 2006/07 season.Visit our “venue”
page for full details.25/06/2006

Cougars DVD Available Now!The 2006 Cougars
DVD is available now. If you are a club member and haven’t
received your copy yet please contact a committee member.The DVD contains
highlight videos from the 2005/06 season including the
Cougars outstanding William Taylor Cup run. In true DVD
style it also includes a host of special features with
footage from the Cougars International Tour to Eindhoven,

Basketball Official Needed!Coalville Cougars
have gained promotion this year and require a referee to
represent us for the upcoming season. Although we are in the
process of arranging training for club members to become
qualified referees we still need to cover the 2006/07
season, or at least part of it.

If you would be interested in representing Coalville
Basketball Club, for a full or part season, we may be able
to offer a financial arrangement that could be beneficial
for both of us. If the above is of interest to you or you
know of another referee that may be able to assist us please
contact me using the details below…

Simon Hoult


Mobile: 07970 82051708/06/2006

Lutterworth Harriers FriendlyThe Coalville
Cougars have been invited to play a friendly game at
Lutterworth against the Harriers on Tuesday 27th June
at 8.15pm.

The Cougars played against the Harriers twice over the
2005/06 season and they were one of the teams that
particularly stood out as having lots of potential whilst
being a very professional outfit. Finishing mid-table with a
9-9 record was certainly impressive for a team enjoying
their first season together. Coalville are very pleased know
another club that is pro-active in developing itself,
especially during the usually quiet summer months. Good luck
to the Harriers for the 2006/07 season!07/06/2006

Coalville Basketball need support!After a very
successful 2005/06 season with our undefeated men’s team,
Coalville Basketball Club are expanding and need assistance
from local businesses to take the club to the next level. We
are seeking sponsorship for the 2006/07 season and beyond.

Coalville Basketball Club are a non-profit organization that
is actively promoting Basketball in the community. Along
with our youth development programs we are looking to enter
junior, women’s and an additional men’s team into the
Leicestershire League in stages over the next two seasons.
This will create lots of publicity for our club and any
sponsors involved with us. We are seeking donations of any
size, large and small to enable our club to take a step

All sponsors will feature on our website (300+ visits per
day) with links back to your website and on all of our
promotional literature. However if for instance you sponsor
our Uniforms we will have your company logo and details
shown in our kit design.If any
of the above is of interest or you would like further
information about our club or supporting us please contact
me using the details below…

Simon Hoult


Mobile: 07970 820517

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