Russell Hoops take over St Mary’s Basketball Academy!


RUSSELL HOOPS are delighted to announce that they have been selected to manage the St. Mary’s Basketball Academy which is located in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire.

St. Mary’s High School provides a unique opportunity for post-16 students to combine academic study with an elite basketball coaching programme. Students follow a personalised programme of academic study whilst receiving specialist basketball coaching. This means that academy players can pursue basketball to the highest possible level whilst preparing for their future careers.

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Success for Hoops at SCEB Invitational 2014


Russell Hoops selected a total of 20 players to represent the Academy in U15 and U18 Games at the SCEB 2014 Invitational at the weekend.

South Coast Elite Basketball has a fantastic youth program based in Brighton, and is connected to several clubs in the area including BHASVIC Academy.

The games were to give both sets of players some extra competition, playing against different opposition and have a fun day out.

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East Herts win HYG 2014 Basketball Competition!!



Russell Hoops finished off a fantastic year of coaching in the community by leading the East Herts Basketball team to a 1st place finish in the HYG U11 Mixed Basketball competition.

After some intense preparation with trials and training sessions leading up to the tournament, the team was in great spirit and put on a fine display at the tournament, playing some excellent Basketball.  The team was led by Captains William Eldridge and Archie Gurney.

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Welcome East Herts Royals Basketball Club

East Herts Royals Basketball Club are to become
the powerhouse of club basketball in East Hertfordshire
and are launching in September 2014

This new club will have training venues both in Ware and Stevenage and will have the use of fantastic facilities in the Marriot and Wodson Park sport centers.  They will be fielding teams from U11 all the way through to men’s basketball.

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SCEB Invitational

Russell Hoops are travelling to the south coast on Saturday 19th July to compete against SCEB Basketball for the U15 and U18 exhibition games!

SCEB are a Basketball Academy that are based in Brighton, directed by Head Coach Thomas Ward.  They are connected with both Brighton Cougars and Worthing Thunder junior teams and who also work with a number of schools and colleges within Sussex.

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James Cummings selected for England U16 game V Sweden!!

James Cummings

JAMES CUMMINGS has been selected to represent England’s U16 National Team against Sweden next week!

15 year-old James, received a four-year scholarship to the IPA Academy in Italy last summer.  He has not looked back since!  James attends an Italian high school and for the past 10 months he has been practicing over 22 hours per week, as well as playing in three games per week.

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Future Stars at Simon Balle School

RUSSELL HOOPS have just completed their ‘Future Stars’ Project at the Simon Balle School, a project that was funded and supported by Local County Councilor, Peter Ruffles, under the Locality Budget Scheme. 

The project took place during April and May of this year and the selected players went through an intense, yet enjoyable, process.

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Summer League Team Rosters Announced!!

The team rosters for the Elite Summer League have been selected, in preparation for our last term of Basketball at the Academy this season. Last term proved to be extremely beneficial for the Elite Group players, allowing them to receive large amounts of playing time, which is key to improving and working on their weaknesses in a competitive game environment.

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May Half Term Camp Report


This half-term, Russell Hoops held their May Basketball Camp where all players had the opportunity to be coached by Russell Hoops’ Coaching Staff.  Just fewer than 50 players attended making another successful camp!

The camp was split into three groups: ‘BBL’, ‘ACB’ and ‘NBA’.  Players were put into groups that were identified by age, size and ability.  This was our first hurdle to overcome as we had many new players arrive that the coaches had not met before and this camp was the most challenging in its selection.

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Year 5/6 Mini Basketball Project finishes on a high!


The first part of Russell Hoops’ 2nd Annual Mini-Basketball Project came to a very successful end this half-term with a total of ten local primary schools throughout East Hertfordshire signing up to the project.

The Mini-Basketball Project was launched in the Summer of 2013 and will be a forthcoming annual event where Russell Hoops’ coaching staff deliver a term of basketball sessions to local Primary Schools, concluding with a tournament for the entered teams.

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