The Gladiators OSC were delighted to welcome the Stirling Knights to the Emirates on 2nd October at the Caledonia Gladiators opening home game of the 2022/3 BBL Season.
The Stirling Knights Basketball Club started in 2010 firstly as a Senior Men team making use of Peak Sports Village in Stirling. An amazing season with regular crowds of 300+ put them on the map and their youth development programme started in April 2011. In the eleven years since, they have developed and progressed into one of the leading youth programmes in Scotland.
They’ve had many Scotland internationals and won many titles for both male and female, this year’s U16M are going for the 4th Scottish U16 title in 5 years.
They have also developed some great coaches and people in that time. Currently they have a full boys pathway in the National Leagues; Senior Men, U18, U16, U14 and U12 boys (60 in the programme). They also run u12/14 girls sessions – with many of their top female talents over the years moving to play at Gladiators and Fury. The Knights also work in partnership with Wallace High School to deliver School of Basketball and most of our training is there.
This season they have Jack Hencher & William Kemp playing Senior Men and also in the BBL with Coach Murray and the Caledonia Gladiators! This is an exciting prospect and hopefully the first of many to come. Kat Kirsop from the Gladiators WBBL team is also one of the Knights proteges and the club are proud to to see her doing so well. Other notable players have went on to play in the EABL in England at Myerscough. Louis Sullivan now plays for Blaze and he is one of
the best talents that the Knights have ever produced.
Lewis McGlasson is in College in Chicago having played in Spain and England beforehand.
Coaching wise over the years the club have developed some top talent with Cory McCabe and Jack Burgess going on to the professional ranks. Chairman & U16 Head Coach Pete Duncan also noted that the Knights were lucky to have GB/Scotland and Rocks Hall of Fame legend Iain ‘Bull’ Maclean leading their senior men – he is vastly experienced at the top level and was the GB 50s captain in the Summer Euros- he’s still going strong!
The Knight’s pathway is pretty full and they have waiting lists for all teams but anyone interested should get in touch. They would love to expand more but it comes down to having available coaches and facilities.
The club ethos is really about developing high quality basketball players on the court and high quality people off the court.
Whilst its clear the club is competitive they also want their players to learn as many lifeskills through basketball as possible. Being part of a team and achieving within that team creates lifelong memories. Their aim has never changed, they want to produce GB level talent with players striving to play professionally.
Gladiators fans will always be welcome at the Peak, keep an eye on our socials for gameday information.
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