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Our HISTORY

2009: Bracknell League FinalThe Woking Blackhawks were established in 1982 as a single senior men’s team. During the 90s, a Ladies team was introduced.  

 

However, it all came to an end at the end of the 1998 season and the club ceased to exist for one season.

In 1999, Bob McGregor, his wife Susan and their friend Jo Lynch, re-ignited the flame by introducing an U10 Boys team for the 1999-2000 season. That team was coached for one season by former LA Clippers player Renaldo Lawrence and it played in the Bracknell CVL out of the John Lloyd Sports Centre in Bracknell. 

What a difference 18 years make.  We now boast more than 90 registered young players and more than 100 senior players of both genders and of all ages playing in local and national leagues. Around 40 volunteers (top administrators, coaches, team managers, web masters, secretaries, statisticians, organisers) are in place to offer their help and expertise so that the work behind the scenes appears seamless.

Here's our Club's History timeline:

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2019 - New Youth Website Launched

06-Jan-2019: The new Youth website is launched. The first-ever online registration form was received by Sarah Abbot-Cole for her daughter Izzy on the 18th of January at 16:04 and the second form was received by Heather Evans for her daughter Jessica on the same day, 13 minutes later.

2018 - U14 Boys in National League

The U14 Boys register the first-ever national league team under coach Ben Trinder and team manager Mawuse-Ayele Ayivi.

2018 - Iain Taylor steps down

June 2018: After 7 years at the helm, Iain Taylor steps down as Chairman. Mark Winton takes on the role in an acting capacity until 15 October when Rick Lansdell took over again in an acting capacity until a more permanent candidate is found.

2017 - Costas and Mark

After 15 years, Costas Rakitzis steps down as head of the Youth programme in May 2017 to take on the role of head of the Girls programme with a view to increasing numbers and field the first-ever Girls national league team within the next three or four seasons.

Costas was succeeded by Mark Winton who assumed responsibility for the Boys programme too. Mark's objectives included the introduction of an U14NL team (for the 2018-19 season) for the first time in the Club's history and maintain our National League presence in the U16 and U18 age groups.

2017 - Flyers fold

2017: After winning the Wessex League Div.1 title four times and a 2-year tenure in the England Basketball League Div.4, the Club's flagship team the Flyers folds due to lack of players. Damian Knode, one of the Club's most successful coaches, agrees to coach his son's U10 squad for the 2018-19 season. 

2016 - Amy Marsh joins

2016 - Amy Marsh joins the club as team manager

2015 - Koula dies

On 28 May 2015, Koula Rakitzis (a L2 Table Official and team manager) loses her battle to Motor Neurone Disease. 

2011 - Iain Taylor joins

Iain Taylor is voted in as Chairman in June 2011 having been in an acting capacity (helping Keith Farmer after the loss of his wife Sandra) since January 2011.

2011 - Keith Farmer steps down

2009: Keith Farmer one of our most successful chairmen steps down.  During his tenure the senior programme for both men and ladies was re-introduced with sustainability in mind, the Club achieved CLUB MARK status and the coveted 4-Star England Basketball accreditation.

2008 - Wheelchairs join

2008: Seniors Wheelchair section joins the fold. The section is managed by David Kingstone. Vicky Kingstone is secretatry.

2006 - Keith becomes Chairman

Keith Farmer is voted in as chairman in June 2006.

2006 - Girls creation

2006: Girls basketball is introduced in the Youth Programme under head coach Phil Parry. Jasmin Tenger (the first-ever girl to register with the Blackhawks), Michelle Taylor and Katie Wright were the founding players. Keith Jarvis joins as coach.

2006 - Tim Hearn joins

Tim Hearn joins as club treasurer.

2006 - Martin Marshall joins
2005 - Flyers join

Aldershot Flyers join the Club to become our flagship senior men's team, the Blackhawk Flyers under coach/player Damian Knode and team manager/player Ben LeTourneau.

2004 - Geoff Downer joins as Chairman
2004 - Keith Farmer joins

Keith Farmer joins as club secretary.

2002 - Costas Rakitzis joins

Costas Rakitzis joins the Club as head coach. As at January 2019, he is the longest serving member.

1999 - The reincarnation (Bob McGregor)

Woking Blackhawks Basketball Club is re-established by Bob McGregor with a single U10 Boys team. Bob's wife Sue was secretary and Jo  Lynch was team manager. Our gratitude to all three will be ever-lasting.

1998 - The Club folds temporarily

Woking Blackhawks fold temporarily.

1982 - The Club's creation

Woking Blackhawks Basketball Club was established with a single senior men’s team.

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