2019/20 Teams Announced
The Derbyshire Arrows will be running no less than 10 teams across a number of ages this coming season.
The flagship of the club continues to be the Division 2 Mens team, which this year will compete in NBL Division 2 North as part of Basketball England's off season restructure. Coach Jonny Kelly's team will play their games out of Dronfield Sports Centre on Sunday afternoons.
An exciting addition to the Arrows club is the formation of a second men's National League team that will be competing in NBL Division 3 Midlands. The Arrows U23 team aims to showcase the areas top young talent and will provide young potential the platform to build valuable senior experience on a competitive stage. The team will feature a number of last season's U18 stars that took league honours under the guidance of James Kelly.
On the back of an U18 Championship last term, the Arrows have made the jump to U18 Premier Level where they will compete against the top basketball talent in the nation. A number of U16 graduates alongside some new recruits give the club great optimism for this group. It is also hoped that strong form and performances by the youngsters will open the door to opportunities within the senior teams.
Alongside the U18 Premier team will be an U18 team competing in the Sheffield Basketball League. The team will play under the Team Nook banner in the SBL and will offer further playing opportunities and experience against senior players for the players in the U18 squad.
The Arrows U16 team will once again compete at conference level of the National League. The team which will be lead by a core of players with experience at this level already will be looking to build on the success of Coach Mitchell Dennison's group during the previous season.
In a change of rules and structure, the Arrows U14 team will be showcasing their talent in the National League Conference this upcoming season. This season the team will be coached by James Kelly and Matt Oakey who will be looking to enhance the development of some exciting prospects.
A further U14 boys team will be exposed to match experience through local and regional competitions in order to nurture the talent graduating from the U12 level.
An exciting addition to the Arrows Club is the newly formed Gems U14 girls team that have been entered into Basketball England's U14 Regional Division. With close to all the girls in the squad eligible for at least the next two seasons at this level, the Arrows club will be looking for the young Gems to develop their skills and experience for future years.
Over the summer, Basketball England announced a new U12 National League competition for the 2019/20 season. With development of young players at the heart of the club, the Arrows jumped at the chance to enter at this level. Yorkshire stars Lloyd Askwith, Zane Abbott and Tom Bradley will lead a group of exciting talent come October.
This season also offers an outlet for primary school talent to access local competition as the club will be forming a group of young, local talent to begin their basketball journies.