Month: May 2019

Player Announcement #6

***** Men’s Player Profile *******


Junior Final Fours National league Winner x2, Junior National Cup Winner x1, 1 x Junior National Cup MVP, England u16 Junior, England u18 Junior, 2 x European Championships B division semi finals, Short spell at CBA academy in Gran Canaria.

Division 1 Men national league winner, 1 x division 3 promotion, 1 x division 2 promotion, Division 2 cup winner x1. 

Best moment

Making the European semi finals and playing with and against a number of great players who have gone on to play in big leagues in Europe.

Message to other players 

Make sure you have no regrets.
Something people may not know about me – 2 ankle operations and also like to do boxing.


Player Announcement #5

******** Men’s Player Profile ***********


Stockport Falcons U15
Manchester Magic Juniors U16/18/Division 3 – (Junior League winners, Final4 x2, College Playoff title, College League & Cup title)

Sheffield Hallam University BUCS Premier League 2012-2015 – (League winners & Playoff winners, Gained promotion to BUCS premier league, Elite 8 x2

Manchester Giants BBL – 2015/16
Liverpool Basketball Club D2 – 2016/17
Calderdale Explorers D3 – 2018/19 (Season cut short due to torn ligament injury)

Your best moment

Undefeated season in my rookie year at Sheffield Hallam University and gaining promotion.

Your message to other players

Really looking forward to getting with the group and leaving it all on the floor. From what I’ve been told it will be a competitive group and I’m looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead. I have total faith in the club going forward and I’m looking forward to getting back on the court for a good season.

Something few people know about you.
I play the piano amongst a few other instruments!


Spinners U16 Girls News

On Saturday April 6 Spinners U16 Girls for 2019/20 travelled to play a friendly v Liverpool Basketball Club U16.  The team was weaker than normal being made up of just two U15’s, Scarlett Lindsay (8) and Becky Smith (25), supplemented by some U14’s, Grace Elder#9, Abbie Johnson #23, Darcie Lindsay #8, Evie Matthews #4, Pauline Tyshykia #10, Zara Uwangho #33. 

The team were given the full LBC treatment  and announced individually to the crowd before the game.

After a slow start in which Spinners fell behind early they soon came to grips with Liverpool and by half time had pulled ahead through strong play from Scarlett Lindsay and domination of the boards by Becky Smith. 

In the 3rd quarter Spinners showed what they were capable of, playing tough defence and launching their fast break at will.  Grace Elder and Pauline Tyshykia ran the lanes beautifully and picked up easy baskets. as Spinners took complete control. 

In the final quarter Spinners remained in comlete control and were able to give everyone plenty of court time running out easy winners 73-35.

Player Announcement #4


Rossendale raptors 2012-2015
Manchester magic 2015/16 won the north in a nearly unbeaten season. 
Won the Sligo invitational tournament and lost in final 8 of the national league.

In 2016/17 as an under 15 team in the u16s league won the north west conference and finished in the playoffs in the premier league, losing in the final 8 again. We also went to an invitational tournament in Spain, coming 3rd playing against basketball academies. 

In 2017/2018 we won the national cup, and had an unbeaten premier league season, losing in the National final to haringey hawks.

In 2018/19 I returned to Rossendale spinner u18s and raptors mens team as could not go to loreto and could not balance studies and playing in two leagues plus training.

Best moment 

The cup run in 17/18, beating the undefeated haringey hawks in the semi finals, and the Sussex storm in the final to win it. 

Message to other players

Despite being the youngest, I am really looking forward to developing as a player and learning some new tricks off the old dogs😂

Something few people know about me

I rode an ostrich once and fell off 


Player Announcement #3


2012 – U13 Boys North West (4th)
2013 – U13 Boys North West (3rd)
2015 – U15 Boys North West (1st)
2015 – Last 18 of U15 England Development Squad

2012-2014 -> Stockport Falcons
2015-2016 -> Manchester Magic (back to back champions)

Your best moment:

Getting so far with the England development squad, whilst winning back to back final fours with Manchester Magic.

Your message to other players:
Look forward to playing with everyone and getting a good run in throughout the season.

Something few people know about you:

I tore my ACL, Miniscus and Cartlidge in 2015/16, not played properly since. 

And now I am a level 2 Qualified coach.


Becky Smith in GB Kit

Becky Smith of the Lancashire Spinners U16 Girls team pictured here in GB Kit at the recent GB U16 Girls Camp in Nottingham 18/9 April.

She played in 1 game v Ireland U16 Girls and 1 v England U16 Girls.

Player Announcement #2

Lancashire Spinners welcomes another senior men’s player


Bury Blue Devils u16/u18 13/14/15

Preston’s College u18 (Runners up) & AoC 
(National Champions) 15/16

Stoke on Trent College AoC (Runners Up) & Division 3 16/17

Bury Blue Devils MABL 18/19

Your best moment ?

Playing under head coach Malcolm Leak at Preston’s college basketball academy

Your message to other players ?

I hope everyone comes in with high intensity and competitiveness, especially in practice, and we’re ready to play. There’ll be ups and downs just like any season, but as long as we all want to progress and develop as individuals and as a team we’ll do well

Something few people know about you ?

I love anime (Japanese cartoons)


Player Announcement #1

We welcome a player with a great pedigree and tons of experience as his achievements demonstrate.
Manchester Magic U16/U18/Mens – (final fours x2, league winners x3, national cup/trophy x3, division 2 promotion)
Loreto College U17/U18/U19 – (college league winners x2, national cup/trophy x4)
Rossendale Raptors Mens – (division 3 league winners and promotion)
University of Salford – (Bucs northern 2a league winners and promotion)
Lancashire spinners – (division 2 promotion, patrons cup winner)
Manchester Giants 2 – (division 4 league winners and promotion)

He’s not a stranger to showing hustle and determination.
Your best moment?

“winning my first ever final fours playoffs final for Manchester Magic U16 after being down 20 points at halftime against our rivals Cheshire.”

He understands what it takes to win and can see value in team unity.
Your message to other players:

“I am excited to be part of the building process again for Lancashire Spinners and I am confident that with the group of players and the staff we have, that we can reach our goals of playing and competing in Division 1 again. This year I am committed to the team and want to put ourselves into positions to win trophies and I am sure that with this talented group we will be able to do so. I am looking forward to having a successful year and anticipate a rewarding, yet challenging season ahead.”
But it’s not always been basketball for this young athlete and few people will know this fact about him.
Something few people know about you (keep it clean for the kids!):

“I have also played semi-professional football, but for now i am focusing on Basketball!”

I’ve seen this young man grow and develop into a defensive specialist and off the court he demonstrates traits and values we encourage in others.

We are pleased to announce our head coach appointment for the Lancashire Spinners Men’s Team.

After several conversations around culture, values and concepts, we realised this person shares the same ethos we are striving towards and we value his ideas and perspectives.

Here’s some of his achievements…

Manchester Magic & Mystics 2014-2019 (various age groups)
University of Manchester 2017-2018
North West Region 2015-2017
Stockport Falcons 2012-2014 (D3 Men)

Junior Final Fours x4
Junior National Cup x2
Regional Development Tournament x1

The Lancashire Spinners are proud and privileged to welcome Mpofu Greg Mbongeni as our head coach.

His Assistant Coach will be Guy Roles.

Men’s National League team into Division Four from September 2019

We are delighted and excited to announce that we are launching a Men’s National League team into Division Four from September 2019 led by three passionate and focused people.

Guy Roles – current spinners junior head coach and assistant coach for the North West and part of the Aspire program will take up the role of Partnership and Business Director. His connections and enthusiasm will bring great value to the team.

Mike Nichols – Former England Junior and elite player with the National League Division one team Bury Wildcats in the 1990’s, he will take up the role of Operations and Performance director. His ability to build strong teams and resolve problems will also bring great value to the team.

Andrea Garland – current team manager for many of the junior clubs including Spinners.
Andrea brings her passion and ability to get the job done to the men’s team and will take up the role of Tactical and Strategic Communications Director. Her unselfish attitude and positivity and amazing Facebook posts will also bring great value to the team.

Guy and Mike have worked tirelessly behind the scenes over the last few months and have secured the support from many people including Nick Ibberson, John Stainton, John Lyndsey, Andy Humby.

Both Guy and Mike are excited about bringing a national League men’s senior men’s team back to Bury.

We are now inviting players and coaches to express their interest by emailing Andrea Garland at the below email address before the 1st May in preparation for trials on Saturday 11th May 6.00-8.00pm at Bury Sports For All Centre – Whitefield