2021 will see the Hatters reach their 60th year and 2020 was the first time in its long, illustrious history that the club did not be compete at the top level of the women’s game. We now need to ensure that Hatters can enter the 21/22 season
YOUR SUPPORT WILL ALLOW US..
- To remain a top flight women’s team and compete in the highest standard of basketball in the UK.
- To continue to provide female roles models that help develop and empower girls and women.
- To provide opportunities to females aged 6 - 80+ to be involved in basketball.
- To keep going into and supporting the community.
- To support females who want to play basketball but cannot afford to play.
- To survive for and celebrate our 60th year in the top tier.
WHY DO WE NEED IT?
Covid 19 was catastrophic for our fundraising and it completely drained the club of its cash reserves which covers the junior teams as well. This year, we therefore had to start from nothing in order to be able to compete for our record breaking 60th year.
All sports clubs need to establish a pyramid of excellence to inspire grass root development of their game and of the individuals who play. Over the years Sheffield Hatters has been a leader in this model of development.
We provide recreational and competitive opportunities for female players aged 6 to 60+ and volunteering and training opportunities for both players and non-players. Everyone is encouraged to take courses and acquire qualifications in a variety of disciplines, in order to devolp themselves on and off the court
We have no paid staff, just some fantastic volunteers.
The Hatters were the first women’s basketball team in England and are the most successful club in women’s team sport. We have the expertise, the talent, the people and a very successful community programme. We have many friends and well-wishers. What we do lack are the kind of support partnerships which fund other WBBL clubs. Funding links to Universities and/or Academies and to their City Councils, owning their own facility and some are involved in multiple partnerships. All have paid staff involved.
How will your support make a difference..
We will enter junior teams at all levels of competition from Under 10 through to a professional team and including veterans
We will be able to cover the very considerable expenses of court hire and other game costs, officials, equipment, kit and travelling expenses, etc.
We will see coaching clinics, school visits inspiring girls into keeping active by playing basketball
Create opportunities for local women to excel by competing in the WBBL - our sport's highest level of competition in the UK
This will create role models for the 5 Hatters junior teams and for players to go into schools. This has proven to be a successful method of engaging young girls into taking up and continuing activity through basketball. Having an elite team is a crucial part of starting the pyramid of excellence pathway, ensuring the girls have a clear vision of how to become an elite athlete
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