Something Giant is coming…!
Big time basketball is set to return to Manchester this year with the resurrection of the Manchester Giants basketball club.
A consortium of Manchester basketball enthusiasts, led by former Giants player and coach Jeff Jones have been successful in their application to the British Basketball League for a new franchise for the city.
And the Club, who used to attract crowds of over 10,000 in the later 1990’s, will play their home matches at the Wright Robinson Sports College in Gorton.
Ticket prices for home games will start at just £10 for adults and £6 for children, under 5s are free and the Giants hope to attract up to 850 spectators to matches in their first season.
On court, the Manchester Giants will again be overseen by Coach Jeff Jones, who will spend the next few months pulling together a roster of some of Britain’s and Manchester’s hottest basketball talent.
Jeff said: “I am absolutely delighted to be back coaching the Manchester Giants – it has been a long term ambition of mine to bring a professional basketball franchise back to Manchester and we’re aiming to hit the ground running and introduce a competitive team to the league, with a good balance of home grown talent with more experienced players.”
The new franchise has been 18 months in the making and the people behind the club hope that success on the court will be reflected in a successful, sustainable, community based organisation off the court.
Among plans for the franchise include setting up a new charity – the Manchester Giants Community Foundation that will see the club and its players work with young people and schools across the City.
Steve Mansfield, one of the new directors who helped pull the application together said: “We are delighted that we have been able to resurrect such an iconic Manchester sports brand as the Manchester Giants. It has taken a lot of hard work to get to this stage but we are only a months away from the first match of the new season and a new era for basketball in Manchester and a new force in the BBL.”