THE SITUATION: The WBBL (Women’s British Basketball League) will not be entering the 20/21 season due to start in October. Sheffield Hatters, is one of it's founding members, and the first ever women’s basketball club in England. 2021 will see the Hatters reach their 60th year and it is the first time in its long, illustrious history that the club will not be competing at the top level of the women’s game. We now need to ensure that Hatters can enter the 21/22 season.
OVERVIEW: Hatters is the most successful club in British women’s team sports having won almost 70 National Titles since its first trophy in 1989. It has played twice in European competitions and has produced numerous international players at all age groups from under 14 to 50+. The club has always been self -funded and run by a number of wonderful unpaid volunteers.
It has one of the most successful junior programmes in the country, with girls’ teams ranging from U10 to U18. It has received accolades for its work in the community and has developed some of the best and most successful female coaches in basketball. Being part of the Hatters family has not only provided opportunities in sport but also helped girls develop confidence, self-esteem and aspire to a better future. However, the last few years have been a real struggle financially and the Covid 19 has made it even more difficult for the survival of its WBBL team. This page is to ask you to help us save our team which is so important for the aspirations of all our young players. In our 60th year we want to raise the funds to see Sheffield re-enter the WBBL in 21/22 season.
Quotes in support of Hatters:"On behalf of Activity Sheffield, Sheffield City Council, I would like to offer our full support and backing to the City of Sheffield Hatters Basketball Club regarding their search for funding. We have worked closely with this well established club for many years and continue to work together to improve the offer of high quality sport in Sheffield. The Club is seen as a flagship institution within Sheffield." - Jo Pearce – Lead Officer Activity Sheffield
"The Hatters have been a major influence over the years in attracting hundreds of girls and women into sport in Sheffield and have become an extremely successful club in the world of basketball. They are run by some very enthusiastic volunteers however it is still extremely expensive to maintain a sport at this level. Anyone who can help support and sponsor in any way would be hugely welcome. " - Richard Caborn – Former Minister of Sport