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BASKETBALL: Lancashire Spinners to set up home in Bury
Top basketball team the Lancashire Spinners will be bringing elite level basketball to Bury when they move to the Castle Leisure Centre later this year.
The Spinners, who play in the second tier of the England Basketball League, are ranked among the top 25 teams.
The club are relocating to the town in September having ‘outgrown’ their current venue at Haslingden Sports Centre in Rossendale.
For the 2014-15 season the Lancashire Spinners have formed a partnership with Bury Leisure and will play their home games at the centre.
The leisure centre boasts a capacity of more than 400 and has a tiered stand that will give fans and spectators a brilliant view of the action.
General manager Ken Masser told the Bury Times: “We have been playing at Haslingden for a number of years but as it only holds about 200 people we have outgrown the venue.
“We’ve been looking for a new venue for a while and over the past 12 months we have become more professional and have recruited better players.
“We’ve moved right up to the second division of the national league from division four in just three seasons.
“We wanted a new venue where we could build a good crowd base and we are really working hard to make it a family entertainment experience. That’s what we are trying to do in conjunction with having a good basketball team.”
Masser added: “We are really excited about our future in Bury. We are keen to work alongside the existing basketball club in Bury, the Bury Blue Devils, to promote and develop basketball in the area.”
The Lancashire Spinners have a reputation for not only delivering great basketball on the court but family entertainment with music, dancers and mascots.
Spinners business development director Ray Porter, said: “We are delighted to have partnered with Bury Council and the Castle Leisure Centre. It’s the best basketball venue in Lancashire and we were keen to give our growing fan base a place they could call home.
“During the season we plan to put on a great show, we’re putting together a great team, and working hard to make sure that our games will be a great family night out.”
The team's first night at the Castle Leisure Centre will be a charity game in aid of the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity. The game will be held on Friday, September 12 at 7pm.
The Spinners two Elite men’s teams will play in a “whites” versus “reds”game and the event will include special celebrity guests and activities.
For ticket details visit lancashirespinners.co.uk.
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