Spinners and Blue Devils Combine

Lancashire Spinners are delighted to have merged with Bury Blue Devils basketball club.

The amalgamation¬†will see the Blue Devils junior girls and boys teams renamed and Lancashire Spinners Bury, and the senior women’s National League team will become Lancashire Spinners Women.

Bury Blue Devils have a fantastic history in the town and have developed some fantastically talented juniors over the years. The existing coaching staff and club volunteers will all continue their terrific work at developing basketball in the town and will work in conjunction with the Spinners senior management team to further the excellent work already in progress.

Both parties already worked closely with the Sport For All Centre in Whitefield and Bury Sport Development Team at Bury Council who will continue to work collaboratively to offer a full development and performance pathway.

Children as young as six or seven will be able to take up the sport at the Sport For All Centre’s and clearly see a route through to elite junior basketball in the newly branded Spinners teams. The affiliated Spinners college academies will offer elite players the chance to further develop as teenagers and to one day join the Spinners elite men’s and women’s teams playing at the highest level.

As part of the merger and new junior programme, Rossendale Raptors junior national league team will also be re-branded as Lancashire Spinners Rossendale.

Spinners General Manager Ken Masser explained the move; “This is a big step for Lancashire and specifically for Bury basketball. The Bury and Bolton based coaches and volunteers do a terrific job and have a wealth of experience. By re-branding the teams as Lancashire Spinners Bury and sharing our knowledge and experience we are confident that the junior and senior programmes will work together closely together. Over the next year we will see all parts of the club complementing each other.

We have a terrific brand and an elite senior men’s team which we’ve now combined with a great junior and senior women’s programme. I’m delighted that we have taken the first step in creating a player development pathway which will allow young British talent to continue to be a huge part of our success. We hope that both novices and the very best local players will flourish in the new Lancashire Spinners junior programmes and become the future of the organisation.

Having a senior women’s programme is a massive plus for us. The women’s game is so important and to give girls as well as boys the chance to aspire to play at the highest level is really important to our long term plan.”

John Stainton, Chairman of Bury Blue Devils was excited to commend the merger; “We’re really excited to be working within the Spinners family. We’re confident that our programme will develop on and off the court and that we will continue to develop talented young players within Bury and more broadly across Lancashire. There is a lot of excitement about the potential this partnership has, and we’re looking forward with a lot of optimism for the future.”

Players who wish to join the new Lancashire Spinners junior programmes should contact:

Boys (u14/u16/u18) – John Stainton (stainton_j@sky.com)

Girls (u14/u16) – Nick Ibberson (n.ibberson874@btinernet.com)