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New women’s basketball league begins in Plymouth

A trio of Plymouth project managers have devised a plan to kickstart an appeal in women’s basketball in the city by forming a summer league. All involved give their time on a voluntary basis with men playing on Tuesday and women the following evening on Wednesday nights.

Lindsay Chapman, 41, who is on the committee for the Plymouth and district basketball league, has teamed up with Pete, 38 and Nikkie Wilson, 42, who got their heads together back in September last year in an attempt to create equal opportunities for women and girls 16 and over to play. The goal was the establishment of a summer league that will replicate that of the boys and men’s leagues.

When setting the foundations for a new league to be able to take place, those who wanted to try their hand at basketball were invited to what are known as ‘scrimmages.’ A scrimmage is an open invitation where games would be arranged so that women can get a feel for the sport, or even just watch it, which took place at Marjons University.

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Those who attended were split into teams based on their playing abilities to ensure games remained competitive. The initial events were so well attended that it came as such a welcome surprise to the organisers.

Lindsay said: “We have had a men’s league which has been going for over 60 years which is well established and quite successful but we have never had a women’s league. We have tried to push it several times in the past and just never had the take up.

“We are conscious of equality and diversity and we just want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to play so we decided to do a campaign. Basketball England, who are the governing body, have an all girls program so we got a few of the girls to become ambassadors and we really pushed it – we went to schools, colleges and talked to a lot of people.“

“We held scrimmages, got all these names and numbers and decided to have a summer league, the league started last week and we have about 50 women signed up. We can’t believe it, we thought we would get around 30 at a push.”




Now they have enough enthusiasm for a summer league, Lindsay hopes this will be the catalyst to highlight the game across the city- especially for girls and women. “We’ve had so much interest in it that we really hope to be able to run a league which mirrors the boys and men’s league,” she said.

As well as being on the committee, Lindsay is also an official table for Basketball England and the British Basketball League, and her role takes her all over the country. “You have referees who will run the floor and referee the game, and table officials who will score and run the clock, so it’s making sure you’re giving the correct points and communicating with the referee, that kind of thing,” she said .

Although she has had a big hand in progressing the women’s game in Plymouth, she is very thankful to husband and wife Pete and Nikki for their assistance in achieving their ambitions- all three have a background in project management, which has come to good use. .”

Pete coaches the Plymouth City Patriots ladies team which Nikkie plays in. All three parties had a similar vision for women’s basketball so we said ‘why don’t we work together?’ The next opportunity for women to play comes this Wednesday evening at Marjons University for a 7pm start.

This evening is a continuation of the women’s summer league which will last a total of 10 weeks. There are still spaces available if women are interested in signing up.

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