Woodley Basketball Club was established back in the late 70's.
At that time, we only had one team, the game was not as popular
and structured as it is today, but there was still a fervent
interest in the sport. Today, Woodley Basketball Club plays
in the Wessex League (Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and Wiltshire).
Last season we had 70+ members at the club and ran five teams
(Men’s teams in Division 1, 2 and 3; with a ladies team in Ladies Division 2).
Very recent accolades include:
- Men Div 2 League Champions – 2011/12 and Playoff Champions 2013/14 and 2015/16
- Ladies Div 2 Champions – 2010/11
- All our teams making the playoffs the last 3 years
Where and when do we play?
We play all our home games at Bulmershe Sport Centre
Woodlands Avenue, Reading RG5 3EU on Sundays between
17:30-21:00 and Mondays-Thursdays between 20:30-10:00pm depending
on which team you play for. You will ordinarily get at
least one game a week be it home or away. The Wessex Basketball
season runs very similar to the British football season,
from mid-September to late April. All games are played under
the FIBA (Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball or International Basketball Federation) ruling and
are organised through England Basketball and the Wessex League.
You will also have a team manager to look after your team’s affairs.
Club structure and Finance
We are a self-financed, Non-profit sport club; all members
contribute a monthly subscription of £35 per month (£25 for full
time Students) to maintain the club activities. Like many sport clubs,
we have a committee who oversee the club affairs, and all subscription
funds are very carefully handled by our club treasurer. Most of our
expenses comprise of court hire, referees' fees and training sessions.
All committee members are volunteers to the club.
Woodley Basketball Club members are mainly adults. We employ an all-inclusive
approach with respect for one another, ensuring that everyone feels welcome.
We enjoy playing basketball to win and at the same time getting together
for social gatherings. Many have forged lasting friendships with the very
diverse setup that we have. From Venezuela to Kenya to Australia we are
represented by rich cultural diversity. As one of our long standing Chief
Secretaries used to say 'We play hard, and we play hard too'.
Check out our Facebook page
for a glimpse of how we’ve grown into a family.
Other basketball activities
Apart from the Wessex league and cup games, the club also gets involved in
other tournaments and friendlies: Woodley Birthday tournament; Aztecs tournament
and Mega International tournament in Holland to name a few.
If you wish to play league basketball, you will need to register with England Basketball.
You can download the form on our Forms page and an annual registration fee of £10 is payable.
This normally covers your eligibility to play and insurance for the games. The club runs a
Player Kit Ownership Scheme meaning you buy the playing kit which will belong to you and you
alone. However if you then wish to leave the club, we will be happy to buy the kit back off
you at an agreed price provided the uniform is still in a good condition.