Leicester Riders and its Foundation and the University of Leicester have agreed a partnership for the Riders to provide coaching support to the University, for the partners to work together on local community initiatives, and for the University to become a commercial partner of the Riders for the new BBL season.
The Riders are national champions in British Club basketball, and have highly successful women’s, underage and student programmes, and deliver a range of community projects via their charity, the Leicester Riders Foundation.
The University of Leicester has been collaborating with the Riders across a range of initiatives over the last year, and is committed to improving the sporting options available to their students, and the University’s and the University’s student’s engagement with the local community.
The partnership will include coaching and preferential access for University students to the Leicester Arena and to Riders programmes and activities.
Professor Paul Boyle, President & Vice-Chancellor of University of Leicester, was pleased to be supporting the Riders:
“We are delighted to partner with the Riders. The University of Leicester plays a significant role in the community and it’s great to form an education and sport partnership with one of the most successful basketball clubs in Britain. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and, also, for sport in local schools. We wish everyone at the Riders a happy and successful season.”
Riders Chairman Kevin Routledge was also delighted to agree the partnership:
“The Riders are excited to be working with the University, and the opportunities that will bring in terms of access to their expertise and support, and the ability to engage with their students. We believe this is a great opportunity to increase awareness of basketball and its ability to make a difference, and to improve the quality of coaching and the extent of our support to local schools, colleges and communities.”