This week, we’re shining the spotlight on the Knights, Richmond’s own basketball team.
Established in 2009, the Knights have grown into one of the largest junior basketball development programs in the UK, coaching over 1,500 players each week.
The team trains at the Waldegrave School in Twickenham and is on a mission to provide opportunities that “inspire, develop and succeed” for players on the basketball court and beyond.
The Knights entered the National Men’s Basketball League in 2017 and completed the course from junior to senior basketball player.
The team started out playing in the lowest division of England’s National Basketball League in 2017. Now they are entering division two this season.
Team captain Aaron Moseley says he got into basketball because it was “fun” and “exhilarating.”
“I played a lot of sports when I was younger – swimming and soccer, but basketball is a really exciting game, there’s always something going on.
He urges the community to participate, observe and support the Richmond team.
“This year we are looking to launch new initiatives partly in response to COVID-19 but also in the spirit of raising awareness of basketball in the country, making more young people active and helping to promote and support other local clubs and businesses. ”
The Richmond Knights are currently playing friendlies, but the league season will run from October through April.
A “high level” preseason match will kick off the season, against a USA Select team, an America team.