The North Somerset Stars is run by volunteers, all of whom have a love for basketball and want to help young people develop their game and build the character that it takes to be a great sportsman or woman.
Below is our current team of coaches and club officers.
We have plans for expansion and are always looking for volunteers. We will equip and train you for whatever level of involvement you can offer, from just helping with a few sessions as a volunteer to becoming a qualified coach.
We're also looking for help with the admin and the finances so, if that's your thing, we can definately find something for you to do. Please talk to one of the coaches if you think you might like to help in some way.
U16 team coach
I started playing basketball in the mid 90's on the outdoor courts in Backwell and very quickly became hooked.
This game has given me a huge amount over the last 20 years - structure, self discipline, physical fitness, travel and perhaps best of all - friendship.
It is my hope that we can help to bring similar positive experiences to as many young people in North Somerset as possible.
I was introduced to Basketball in secondary school and quickly realised what a great game it is! I played for the school and local teams well into my twenties but unfortunately back then that really was as far as you could go. My son became interested in the game and ended up playing for this clubs U16 team. Being sat watching games wasn’t enough for me, so after some persuasion I passed my level 2 coaching award and started coaching with the Stars. I feel Basketball can be a valuable lesson for everyday life, it teaches discipline, structure and social skills which I hope I can pass onto future Stars.
I grew up in Manchester where I played youth league basketball to a high level until my late teens. Basketball then became more of a hobby whilst I perused a professional kick boxing career.
Following retirement from kick boxing I have returned to competitive basketball playing in the WEBBA leagues and obtaining my coaching badges. I believe the fitness and the fast low/high tempo engine required to play both these sports is very similar and have a lot of knowledge I hope to pass on to the players at North Somerset Stars. .
U12 Lead coach
I grew up in Canada where Basketball was a very popular sport to play indoors during the long cold winters. It quickly became my favorite team sport and I played all through high school. I subsequently moved to the UK where I eventually lost touch with the game. Basketball was recently reintroduced into my life through my son who was keen to join the North Somerset Stars Under 12s team. It seems a lot more hard work than 20 years ago but it is great fun and I am happy to be playing Basketball once again!
I started playing basketball when I was 13. Having dyspraxia made other sports difficult for me as a child and basketball just worked for me and allowed me to progress.
While growing up there really were not many basketball clubs or sessions around and when there were they were often too far away. I really want to teach the skills and knowledge of the game to anyone that wants to learn so that the sport can grow and help many more like it did me.
I played basketball whilst at secondary school and loved the game, but due to a lack of local clubs was unable to continue. Later in life I found a mens team where I've been playing since. I've really enjoyed the game and the people I've met along the way. Basketball has been a great opportunity for me to work on my fitness, whilst having a great time with some brilliant people some of whom also coach at the Stars. I decided to start coaching to ensure that children have the opportunity to play the sport that I've had so much enjoyment from.
I’ve been playing basketball since the age of 14 years and have always loved the game. I’ve been coaching for our local sports centre for the last 2 years and enjoy seeing the opportunities and satisfaction it gives the children, as they strive to improve week on week. I also enjoy watching the sport and am regularly attending the Bristol Flyers matches. I look forward to have the opportunity to coach new players with North Somerset Stars.
Child Welfare Officer
Hi, I’m Caryl, the new Child Welfare Officer for the Stars. My son plays in the U16 team and I’ve been hugely impressed with the way this club is managed and run. We LOVE basketball and have season tickets to see the Bristol Flyers matches - sharing in the highs and lows of their season. Away from the court, I have worked in social care for over 20 years, starting as a care assistant and working up to managing my own service for vulnerable and disadvantaged adults. I now work in a primary school, and I also sing in an informal community choir which I love!
Having failed at most team sports as a kid, I was delighted to discover, at 14, that I could enjoy a measure of success at basketball.
I played at school and then college but later had to drop it entirely when my family and business grew.
I started playing again 8 years ago and haven't looked back. I can talk for hours about why it's such a great sport and I'm keen to help kids who were in the same position as me to find that elusive enjoyment and success in sport.