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Legendary head coach returns to Cheshire Phoenix

The Cheshire Phoenix Basketball team have called on a club legend to help drag them away from the foot of the British Basketball League.

Robbie Peers is back as Head Coach, 15 years after leading them to a clean sweep of four domestic trophies in one season.

Chris Hall joined him at training.

Construction starts on world class sports centre in Manchester

A computer generated image of the Belle Vue Sports Village Credit: Manchester City Council

Construction has started at the Belle Vue Sports Village.

The £11 million development will bring world class significant national centres for both speedway and basketball to Manchester – along with a new National Speedway Academy that will look to develop the next generation of riders.

The purpose built speedway venue – boasting a 1,842 seat grandstand –will be capable of hosting both national and international race meetings, attracting some of the world’s best riders to east Manchester.

We spoke to Cllr Jeff Smith from Manchester City Council:


Warrington Wolves' charity basketball game

Rugby stars will take to the basketball court for charity Credit: Press Association

Warrington Wolves players will be taking part in a charity basketball game on Saturday in aid of After Adoption.

The game begins at 10:30 at Birchwood Tennis & Leisure Complex in Warrington.

The players will include: Mick Higham, Paul Wood, Rhys Williams, Gareth O’Brien, Ben Currie, Brad Dwyer, James Laithwaite, Jordan Burke, Ryan Shaw, Danny Bridge, James Mendeika, James Saltonstall, Gavin Bennion and Gene Ormsby.

For more details please visit the After Adoption website.

Basketball league withdraws Cheshire Jets franchise

The British Basketball League has withdrawn the Cheshire Jets' franchise due to the team's financial problems.

New owner Hadyn Cook saved the club from folding last month, but asked the league to postpone Sunday's scheduled meeting with the Mersey Tigers as he tried to raise cash.

But the BBL rejected the request and said: "The BBL have withdrawn the Cheshire franchise from its operating company with immediate effect.

"The decision follows an urgent review of the franchise following notification from the club that they were unable to fulfil their fixture this weekend.

"The BBL is currently exploring a number of options to ensure the continuation of the franchise. It is anticipated there will be a further announcement in the coming days."

The Jets had won one and lost five of their league games this season.