professional basketball is returning to Guildford. It has been announced
today that fans and players of the Thames Valley Tigers Basketball Club,
following the current owners decision to stop operating the team, will
be forming a new team at Spectrum Leisure Complex called ‘Guildford Heat’.
move marks a full circle for the club since it originally formed as the
Guildford Pirates in Guildford before moving to Bracknell to become the
Thames Valley Tigers.
The switch will bring
the British Basketball League back to Guildford for the first time since
the demise of the Guildford Kings ten years ago.
New Heat Chairman
and avid basketball fan, Mike Davies, was instrumental in bringing the
‘Heat’ to Spectrum after negotiations to take over the running of the Tigers
franchise proved futile when owner John Nike withdrew from talks.
He commented, “I
have been very impressed with the set-up here at Guildford and I am looking
forward to a long and successful relationship. We are hoping that we can
be as successful on the court as off it!”
The team have set
their stall out by aiming for a Playoff Place, but with the improved facilities
for players and spectators at Spectrum they might even pickup some silverware
along the way.
Manager, Peter Gunn, is delighted to welcome professional basketball back
to the town. “It is such a positive step for Spectrum and Guildford to
have another professional sport in the town. The club will be getting involved
in the community with coaching initiatives and holiday camps, visiting
local schools and developing the popular basketball club here at Spectrum.”
The British Basketball
League Chairman, Vincent Macaulay added, “This is fantastic news for the
sport, the situation with the Tigers did not resolve itself, so now a new
team is born, I wish all involved the best for a thrilling BBL season to