We are looking at some evening ‘TEAMS’ discussion and listen sessions with some eminent coaches and floor officials from within our area – we have all missed our basketball fix this year, and we are hoping that following ‘listening in’ on these sessions and being involved, you will soon understand how becoming a basketball coach or official can assist you in other ways in your life or assist with your career.

Now is the time to get that coaching or refereeing qualification, all online to begin with and be ready for when the season ‘kicks’ off next year – no matter your roots, the sky really is the limit if you put your mind to it!

Those taking part in the ‘evenings’ so far are:


Started out playing for Torbay Tigers, within the club they encouraged the older players to ‘give back’ and under the mentorship of Rick WOOLDRIDGE he passed his Level I Coaching award and coached some of the under 10 and under 12 kids.

In 2013 he started an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Kent and at the same time as coaching throughout the pathway at Kent Crusaders. In the last three years Troy has been at Myerscough College completing his Master’s degree in Elite Coaching Practice at the University of Central Lancashire. During this time he has coached Myerscough and they have competed in European basketball competition.

Troy has coached across a number of regional and national teams over the years and also achieve his UKCC Level 4 Coach certification this year and been selected as a Great Britain representative on the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate.


 Rick requires little introduction, he was part of a team that formed Torbay Tigers over 50 years ago, Rick has coached at England Under 19 level, and then as Assistant coach to the England under 17 men. His International coaching career span 5 decades until 2011, and has only in the last two years stood down from coaching Torbay Tigers National league Under 16 and under 18 teams.

Rick has been coaching mentor to many, and there are 100’s in the game that are thankful of Rick’s contributions whether they are coaches or players, and often gave me some advice when I was refereeing his National League games!


Alex completed his basketball education within Plymouth Raiders set up, he has since gone on to be a very good referee, but also coaching at Exeter College basketball academy that was set up by him whilst he holds down the post of Deputy Head of the Faculty of Sports, he is also part of the Committee that set up Exeter Spartans.


Aaron is another teacher this tie from Uffcolme school, great referee at local league level and coach to the Exeter Spartans National league set up for both boys and girls, which had led to success in their first year at National league level and led to call ups by England for some of their players.

Darren BOLT

many of you will know Darren BOLT, he refereed at the highest level in the UK in the BBL, he went on to get an invite to be a FIBA International Commissioner. He has mentored many floor officials within the South West and continues to be respected amongst all of his peers.

These sessions will take place on Friday evenings, details will be updated on the Teams page – please ensure you register in



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