Basketball players on outskirts of Sheffield set up their own club just weeks after old one folded

The Derbyshire Gems, who have set up the Derbyshire Diamonds.
The Derbyshire Gems, who have set up the Derbyshire Diamonds.

A team of dedicated Sheffield basketball players have set up their own club just two weeks after their old one folded.

Members of Derbyshire Gems were left heartbroken when they were withdrawn from the Women’s National Basketball League Division Two (North) just three weeks before they were due to start the new season.

But, thanks to donations from kind-hearted family and friends of the players, the team will play as Derbyshire Diamonds, with their first game on October 28.

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Player Kendal James said: “We were all devastated when we found out we’d withdrawn from the league.

“But we have been able to raise enough money to form our own club in just two weeks and have had our entry into the league accepted.”

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Kendal said it would cost around £4,500 to fulfil all of the team’s fixtures throughout the season, which will include trips across the country.

She added: “We are literally 12 people who want to play basketball and everyone has shown their support to us.

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“We were national league finalists last year and there aren't many women’s basketball clubs as it is.”

The Diamonds will play their first home game at Killamarsh Leisure Centre on October 28.

For more information or to donate to the club’s running costs visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kelly-simcox