THE coach of Scotland’s new women’s basketball franchise has hailed his side’s new name – Caledonia Pride.
The team will make their home debut in the British Women’s Basketball League against Sheffield Hatters at the new Oriam centre on October 23
Head Coach, Bart Senger said: “The name should be very meaningful for each of the players taking part in this programme and I expect every player to embrace the brand and play with pride. The name represents exactly what we are trying to achieve. The logo looks very professional, which suits the tone for what we are trying to achieve here.”
Dutchman Sengers, who successfully coached Edinburgh University and the Dutch U-18 women’s team, before being appointed women’s national performance coach in May, wants the new franchise act as an inspiration to boost the game in Scotland.
The franchise name was chosen after consultation from the Scottish basketball community as well as players and basketballscotland staff. Richard Buckley, who came up with the Caledonia Pride name has been rewarded with a season ticket for next year’s home games at the Oriam.
Establishing a WBBL team in Scotland has been driven by basketballscotland’s desire to continue developing opportunities for female players, with the latest move offering players the highest standard of female basketball in the UK.
Basketballscotland also hope the Caledonia Pride franchise can play a key part in Scotland’s preparations for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, making the team part of “a long-term pathway to develop Scottish athletes who can represent Great Britain”.
The WBBL was formed in 2014 and initially included just English Basketball League Division One (Women) clubs. There is no promotion or relegation in the franchise-based league. The squad will be revealed later this month.