Jelson Homes to continue long-standing partnership

Leicester Riders are delighted to confirm that long-standing title sponsor Jelson Homes have extended their sponsorship and support of the club in what will be our 16th season working together. “Jelson Homes have been an invaluable partner for the club since its rebirth in 2007. We are under no illusions that their continued support is […]

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Return of the Mack

The club is excited to announce the return of point guard Kimbal Mackenzie for the 2023/24 season.  Mackenzie has proved a fan-favourite in his two seasons in Leicester, earning the Supporters Club Player of the Year last season – voted for by the Riders faithful.  His 12.7 points and 3.8 assists also saw him named […]

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Thank you Pukka Pies!

Last week we hosted our Leicester Riders Foundation end of season awards night at the Morningside Arena and welcomed 500 of our academy players, parents, project groups, schools and partners which made it our biggest awards night to date.  This year we redesigned our awards night to represent all of the work that we have […]

Hoop HQ is a brand new facility based in the heart of loughborough designed to reinvent accessibility to basketball in the UK. It has been designed to utilise lost space and transform what was a once abandoned building in the town centre, in to a brand new facility, that provides the community access to basketball […]

BBL announce new format for 2023/24

Following an epic conclusion to the British Basketball League season at The O2, the league is delighted to share its new formats for the 2023/24 season.  The change of format sees the introduction of an All-Star Game which will take place next March. Additionally the formats for the entire calendar, including the Play-offs, has been […]

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Riders fall just short in Playoff Final

The Riders fell just short in the BBL Playoff Final, losing 88-80 to the London Lions. A fourth-quarter comeback gave the Riders a chance to win it late, but Marc Loving’s three to cut the game to two fell heartbreakingly short, and the Lions saw out the win.  Zach Jackson went off for 20 points […]

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Riders fall in Playoff Final

The Riders fell 57-41 to the London Lions in the WBBL Playoff final.  They remained in touching distance until the fourth quarter, keeping the Lions off the scoresheet effectively. A second-half surge from the league winners saw them complete the clean sweep of silverware this season.  Fiona O’Dwyer led Leicester’s offensive efforts with 10 points, […]

BBL Playoff Final: Key Player Matchups

Sunday’s BBL Playoff Final between the Riders and the London Lions will be a showcase of the best talent the UK’s premier basketball competition has to offer. Elite talent on both sides inevitably means great one-on-one battles across the court. Basketball is a team sport at its heart, but just ten players occupying the floor […]

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WBBL Playoff Final Preview

The Riders are set to face off against the London Lions in a final for the third time this season. Making three finals in a season is a franchise record for the club, but they hope the third time is the charm in this one to take some silverware back to Leicester.  Road to the […]

HOOP HQ opens in Loughborough

The exciting new venue in Loughborough town centre has been created to raise funds for the Leicester Riders Foundation, whilst also inspiring the future generation of British basketball talent British basketball team, Leicester Riders, has today announced the opening of Hoop HQ, an exciting new venue designed to get more young people off the streets and onto […]

Hoop HQ is a Brand new venue based in the heart of Loughborough, which had been created and designed to raise funds for the Leicester Riders Foundation, whilst inspiring any and all to get inviolved with basketball in the local area! British basketball team, Leicester Riders, has today announced the opening of Hoop HQ, an exciting new […]

Arlen named to Team of the Year!

Ashley Arlen has been named to the Molten WBBL Team of the Year! The American forward averaged 14.7 points and 8.1 rebounds this season, shooting 42% from the field. She led the team to third place in the WBBL Championship standings with a 17-5 record. Her season high was 25 points and 11 rebounds came […]

Riders duo named to British Team of the Year

Star Riders pairing of Kimbal Mackenzie and Patrick Whelan have been named to the Molten BBL British Team of the Year! Mackenzie has enjoyed a breakout year, putting up 12.6 points and 3.8 assists, shooting 49.1% from the field. The fans recently voted him as the player of the season. His play earned him a […]

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Riders through to the Playoff Final!

The Riders booked their place in the BBL Playoff final, beating the Bristol Flyers 159-156 over two legs.  Entering the leg up seven after winning 84-77 in Bristol, the Riders needed only to lose by six or less to progress. Bristol won the second leg 79-75, Leicester hanging on to win it.  They came back […]

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Five Takeaways From The Semi-Final First Leg

The Riders go into Sunday’s box office clash at the Morningside Arena holding a seven-point aggregate lead over the Bristol Flyers. After opening a commanding 26-point gap between themselves and their hosts, Leicester resisted a spirited response in the second half to win 84-77 – their first victory at the SGS College Arena this season. […]

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Riders take a lead back to Leicester

The Riders beat the Bristol Flyers 84-77 in the first leg of the BBL Playoffs semi-final.  They led by as many as 26 in the game, but the Flyers showed heart to get back into the fixture going back to Leicester. Led by Zach Jackson’s 14 points and eight rebounds, the Riders had six scorers […]

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BBL Playoff Semi-final Preview: Riders vs Flyers

It is time for the BBL championship playoff semi-finals, and this weekend has the #2 Riders tipping off against the #3 Bristol Flyers. Both teams will head into this matchup brimming with confidence after dominant performances in last week’s quarter-finals. Leicester and Bristol last met in the playoffs in 2021, with the Riders dominating both […]

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Bowman dunks on top of the O2!

The British Basketball League delivered the first of its kind show-stopping basketball dunk competition, brought to you by General Tire, at the top of The O2.  All to celebrate the countdown to the British Basketball League play-off finals, which take place later this month. Leicester Riders star and high-flyer Blake “The Showman” Bowman headed 52 […]

Riders through to the semis!

The Riders saw themselves comfortably through to the BBL Playoff semi-finals with a 153-140 aggregate win against the Sheffield Sharks. They entered the game needing to hold onto their nine-point advantage from the first leg, and won the second leg 74-70 to advance through the first round.  Zach Jackson took over the tie to stretch […]

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Riders take lead into second leg

The Riders take a nine-point advantage into the BBL Playoff quarter-final second leg, beating the Sheffield Sharks 79-70 on the road.  Kimbal Mackenzie led the game off the bench with 19 points, going 11-11 from the foul line. He was backed by Marc Loving’s 18 points and 11 rebounds, the Ohio-born forward dominated the glass […]

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LRF deliver first United Leicester Resilience Day

Last Wednesday Leicester Riders Foundation delivered our first United Leicester Resilience day at Taylor Road Primary School in Leicester City Centre. United Leicester is a partnership delivered by the community foundation of each Leicester sports club, Leicester Riders Foundation, Leicester City in the Community, Leicester Tigers Foundation, Leicestershire CCC in the Community, and Leicester Hockey […]

Golden Ball Treasure Hunt!

The British Basketball League (BBL) has announced the launch of the ‘Golden Ball Treasure Hunt’, a campaign designed to drive engagement and awareness around the end-of-season Play-Off Finals, and give eight lucky individuals the chance to each win a pair of tickets to be at the final. The treasure hunt begins on Monday 24th April […]

Season Tickets 2023-24

Leicester Riders Season Tickets are now on sale for the 2023-24 season. Riders are delighted to announce that the season ticket price has been frozen! Adults £295Child £65Concessions £215 Current season ticket holders have been contacted directly and are able to retain their existing seat if booked before 12th June 2023. All Season Ticket purchasers […]


CAREERS The Leicester Riders are the oldest professional basketball club in Britain and have been one of the most successful Basketball programs in the past 10 years at all levels of competition. The Riders have both a men’s and women’s team playing at the highest level of British Basketball: The British Basketball League and the […]

Riders fall in Cheshire

The Riders fell to the Cheshire Phoenix in the final game of the BBL regular season.  With the Riders’ playoff seeding secured prior to the game, coach Rob Paternostro took the game as an opportunity to give minutes down the bench.  They played the Phoenix close throughout, led by Kimbal Mackenzie’s 17 off the bench. […]

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Thank you, Darien!

Darien Nelson-Henry has announced that he will retire from professional basketball following the 2022/23 season.  In three and a half seasons, the Riders’ captain led the club to four pieces of silverware, including a treble last year. He was named to the BBL Team of the Year in 2021 and 2022, following back-to-back league titles.  […]

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Riders see out gritty win

The Riders battled for an 85-76 win against a stubborn Sheffield Sharks team, in a tightly contested game wire-to-wire. Marc Loving led the game with 25 points and 10 rebounds, his double-double coming from 53% shooting from the field. He scored eight in the final quarter to see the game out.  The Riders shot 47% […]

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Class of 2023, Lamarana Diallo commits to Ellsworth Panthers and Ellsworth CC for the 2023/24 season.

Lamarana Diallo, 6’5 forward has committed to Iowa based Ellsworth Community College for the 2023/24 academic year. Diallo will continue his basketball journey within the Ellsworth Panthers Men’s Basketball programme in JUCO Division 2.  Diallo, originally from Luton, joined the Charnwood Riders Academy in 2020 and was part of the EABL Championship side in 2022. During […]

BBL Championship Preview: Riders vs Sharks

The Riders will begin the final weekend of the BBL regular season on Friday when they host the B. Braun Sheffield Sharks. Victory for Leicester should wrap up a second-place finish in the championship standings and will taste even sweeter after the 72-64 loss to Sheffield on March 24. Riders’ Season So Far The Riders […]

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Riders secure clutch win

The Riders saw out a clutch 83-82 win in Manchester.  The game came down to the final seconds after Kimbal Mackenzie put Leicester up one with a minute left. Manchester’s Rahmon Fletcher missed a tightly contested layup at the buzzer, as the Riders saw out a hard-fought win.  Carrington Love led the team with 17 […]

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BBL Championship Preview: Riders at Giants

The Riders will complete a quickfire weekend turnaround as they travel north to Manchester to face the 17-17 Giants. Coach Rob Paternostro’s squad haven’t seen Sunday’s opponents since February 17 and will want to make a strong statement against a team they may face in the upcoming BBL Playoffs. Riders’ Season So Far Travelling supporters […]

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Riders record dominant win

The Riders won 111-68 in a dominant win against the Plymouth City Patriots. Patrick Whelan hit five threes to lead the team with 22 points. He hit two triples early, getting the GB sharpshooter in a rhythm to lead the team to a blowout.  The Riders bolted out to a lead in the second, winning […]

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Riders win a close encounter

The Riders saw out a hard-fought 87-78 win against the Newcastle Eagles, winning the fourth quarter 27-17 to see it out.  It improves them to 22-10, as they move level on points with the second-placed Bristol Flyers.  Zach Jackson led the game’s scoring with 29 points, leading a comeback after the Riders fell down 10 […]

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Retro night preview: Riders vs Eagles

Today sees the Riders return to Morningside Arena after their southern road trip to tip off against the Newcastle Eagles. Leicester have the chance to go equal on points with Bristol in the BBL championship, after both teams suffered defeat on Friday night. Sunday’s contest will carry added flavour for fans as it is one […]

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Riders fall just short on the road

The Riders lost a close one at the Copperbox, falling 83-81 to the London Lions. A 20-point comeback in the second quarter saw the Riders surge back into the game, but they couldn’t get over the hump to end it.  Carrington Love had a chance to tie it on the buzzer but didn’t find the […]

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BBL Championship Preview: Riders at Lions

The Riders will play the second game of their southern road trip on Friday as they tip off against the championship-leading London Lions. Leicester hopes to continue a late-season winning streak with victory over the Lions, who recently lost to a Bristol squad that the Riders beat handily last week. Riders’ Season So Far After […]

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Academy Trials 2023

Following the conclusion of the 2022/23 NBL season we’re now focusing our attending on preparation for the new season. We’re hosting trials for new players on both our boys and girls teams on the last 2 weeks of June at the Morningside Arena. U12 & 14s – Saturday 17th June, 10am-3pm @ Morningside Arena Successful […]

Riders pick up road win

The Riders beat the Plymouth City Patriots 99-85 on the road. They took a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never surrendered their advantage to improve to 21-9.  Zach Jackson led the team for the second straight game, scoring 24 points after putting up 28 on Friday. He was followed up by Marc Loving’s […]

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BBL Championship Preview: Riders at Patriots

The Riders begin the final month of the regular season with a long trip south-west to play the Plymouth City Patriots. Confidence should be high throughout the squad that they can conquer the quick turnaround between games and build off a superb performance against Bristol as well as Tuesday’s win over the Patriots. Riders’ Season […]

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Riders record dominant win

The Riders pulled off a dominant 106-89 win against the Bristol Flyers, in a key fixture in the fight for second place.  Led by a monster 28 performance from Zach Jackson, who went 9-12 from the field and 9-9 from the free throw line, the Riders jumped out to an early lead and never looked […]

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BBL Championship preview: Riders vs Flyers

Friday will see the Riders finish March with a crucial clash against the second-place Bristol Flyers. The Morningside Arena will host the second of a two-game home stand as the Riders look to build on Tuesday’s victory over the Plymouth City Patriots. Riders’ Season So Far The win was the Riders’ 19th of the season […]

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Riders win in the clutch

The Riders saw out a clutch win, beating the Plymouth City Patriots 92-89. Marc Loving led the team with 24 points, and came up with a clutch block to seal the game.  Loving scored eight points in the fourth, taking over when it mattered most. He was backed up by 23 points from Kimbal Mackenzie, […]

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Riders fall just short in Trophy final

The Riders fell just short of their fourth WBBL Trophy win, losing 81-70 to the London Lions.  They pushed the Lions wire to wire, cutting the game to five with six minutes remaining. Star forward Ashley Arlen led the Riders’ effort with 22 points, and an eight-point start to the fourth quarter from sharpshooter Hannah […]

Riders fall on the road

The Riders fell 71-62 on the road to the Sheffield Sharks.  They came back to tie the game late, after trailing by 10 going into the fourth. But the Sharks took the late momentum to win the game.  Marc Loving led the team with 18 points, including five in the fourth to get the Riders […]

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BBL Championship Preview: Riders at Sharks

The Riders will take a short trip north this Friday to face the B. Braun Sheffield Sharks. Victory for Leicester would give them three wins in a row following positive results against Newcastle and Caledonia, the latter falling to the Riders 84-81 in a tightly contested game. Riders’ Season So Far After the aforementioned result […]

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Hiring: Community Coach

The Leicester Riders Foundation is continuing to grow in stature and workforce. We are seeking a new community basketball coach to join their Community team. LRF are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about coaching and wanting to learn more about basketball and the many pathways that Riders can offer them. Main Duties and Responsibility To […]

Riders see out a close battle

The Riders won a close encounter against the Caledonia Gladiators 84-81. Kimbal Mackenzie took over the fourth quarter with eight points, helping the team see it out in the clutch.  Mackenzie led the game with 25 points, going 12/12 from the line in the game. Off the bench, Evan Walshe put in an energetic performance […]

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Class of 2023, Alex Shaw commits to Hillsborough Hawks and HCC for the 2023/24 season.

Alex Shaw, 6’1 forward has committed to Florida based Hillsborough Community College for the 2023/24 academic year. Shaw will continue her basketball journey within the HCC Hawks Women’s basketball programme in the NJCAA, on a full ride scholarship.  Shaw joined the Charnwood Riders Academy in 2020 and has played within the Loughborough Riders WNBL Division […]

Riders beat Eagles!

The Riders earned a hard-fought 89-79 win against the Newcastle Eagles, improving their record to 17-8.  Marc Loving led the team with 20 points, scoring 11 in the final quarter to steer them home. Leicester won the fourth 24-17, coming up clutch after the score was within a possession with 10 minutes to play.  Backing […]

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Riders fall to Eagles

The Riders fell to the Newcastle Eagles on the road 92-85 in the first of a weekend doubleheader against the North Easterners.  They held a 20-point lead in the first, but the Eagles caught hot form in the second half to come back and win it.  Zach Jackson led the Riders with 18 points and […]

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Riders fall to Lions

The Riders fell to the London Lions 102-77, in their first game back since the international break.  Fresh off being named Molten BBL Player of the Month for Febuary, Kimbal Mackenzie continued his hot form to lead the team with 18 points and seven assists. He was backed up by Zach Jackson’s 17, who found joy […]

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Arlen wins Player of the Month

Ashley Arlen has been named the WBBL Molten Player of the Month for Febuary! The Iowa-born forward has averaged 21 points per game in a 3-0 month for the Riders, including a 24-point game against the Cardiff Met Archers. Arlen leads the table-topping Riders with 16.3 points per game on their way to an 11-1 […]

Kimbal named Player of the Month!

Kimbal Mackenzie has been named Molten BBL Player of the Month! The point guard averaged 19.5 points per game in Febuary, including a 31-point outing against the Cheshire Phoenix in the highest-scoring game of his Riders tenure. His play earned Mackenzie his first GB call up, and helped the Riders to a 3-1 record over […]

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Coach Patel named Molten Coach of the Month!

Head coach Krumesh Patel has been named Molten WBBL Coach of the Month for Febuary!  The Riders went 3-0 during the month, including convincing 30-point victories in the WBBL Championship against the Oakland Wolves and the Cardiff Met Archers. They currently top the WBBL Championship table with an 11-1 record.  “The award is nothing without […]

Mo completes first Mo-mentum programme

This week Mo Walker completed his first Mo-mentum programme after completing a 5 week block at Wigston Academy, Manor High School, Gartree and Beauchamp College. Throughout the Mo-mentum programme Mo uses his experiences playing professional basketball to offer help and support and inspire students. Each session involved a presentation on a different chapter of Mo’s […]

Retro Series 2023 announced

Leicester Riders, Manchester Giants, Cheshire Phoenix and Newcastle Eagles are excited to announce the Retro Series 2023!  Five games involving these four teams in March & April have been selected as special retro games featuring retro kits, old-school tunes and off-court appearances from BBL legends.  Following the success of last season’s retro nights between Riders […]

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Riders take big road win

The Riders improve to 16-6 in the BBL Championship after a road win against the Cheshire Phoenix.  Kimbal Mackenzie went off for 31, his highest-scoring tally as a Rider. He went 11-15 from the field and 5-5 from the free throw line in his explosive performance, taking over late with six points in the closing […]

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BBL Championship Preview: Riders at Phoenix

The Riders head to Cheshire to take on the Phoenix in the second game of their weekend doubleheader.  They enter the game off the back of a home 104-84 against the Manchester Giants on Friday. It was a resounding win, with the Riders in full control throughout. They shot 58% from the field and 45% […]

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Riders record big win at home

The Riders improved to 15-6 in the BBL Championship, beating the Manchester Giants 104-84 at home. Marc Loving led an explosive offensive performance with 25 points, following up his 32 points last time out against Manchester. He was backed by 18 from Zach Jackson and 16 from Kimabl Mackenzie, as the Riders’ offence shot 58% […]

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Kimbal, Patrick & Aaron in GB 24

Riders guard Kimbal Mackenzie has been named in the Great Britain Men’s National Team 24-man roster for the first time for the upcoming FIBA World Cup Qualifiers against Belgium and Serbia. Mackenzie who holds a British passport joins GB regulars Patrick Whelan and Aaron Menzies on the roster for the upcoming window. GB face Belgium […]

Riders see off Scorchers

The Riders improve to 14-6 in the BBL Championship after a 99-77 win against the Surrey Scorchers.  Marc Loving led the game with 21 to steer the Riders to the win, in a game where five Leicester players scored double-digit points. His efforts were backed by 20 points from his wing partner Zach Jackson, who […]

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Riders fall in Cup Final

The Riders fell a game short of a second BBL Cup title, losing to the London Lions 95-42 in the final.  Oliana Squires led a valiant Riders’ effort against an established European outfit, but could not prevent the Lions from lifting the trophy for the second straight year. She led the game with 23 points, […]

BBL Cup Final preview: Riders vs Lions

The Riders are a game away from retaining their BBL Cup title as they take on the London Lions in a highly anticipated clash!  Rivals meet again “It’s definitely a rivalry game,” said Riders’ veteran point guard Conner Washington, previewing this fixture. The two sides were last season’s premier outfits in the BBL, and this […]

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From Riders with Love!

Leicester Riders are thrilled to have agreed terms with American point guard Carrington Love. The 29-year-old averaged 16.6 points and 5.8 assists last season in the German division two, playing for Eisbären Bremerhaven. He shot 47.4% from the field and 36.1% from three, finishing the year with a 16-13 record. Love is a Green Bay […]

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Riders win big against Phoenix

The Riders improved to 13-6 in the BBL Championship with a 100-82 home win against the Cheshire Phoenix.  Patrick Whelan led the game with 20 points, going 3-4 from three and 5-6 from the field. The Riders’ bench came up big in the game, with Conner Washington, Aaron Menzies and Jubril Adekoya all scoring in […]

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Loughborough Basketball Triple Header!

Loughborough Basketball is hosting the prestigious BIG MATCH! 3 of our top teams will play at the Sir David Wallace building at Loughborough University in front of a bumper crowd! We’ll have DJs, give-aways and much more! Wednesday 25th JanuaryDoors: 15:30 Adult Tickets: £8 Concession Tickets (applies to: Students, Loughborough Staff, U18, Over 65, Blue Light […]

BBL Championship Preview: Riders vs Phoenix

The Riders return to BBL Championship action on Friday with a fixture against the Cheshire Phoenix. They will host the Phoenix at the Morningside Arena, the game tipping off at 7:45 pm.  Get your tickets here! Home sweet home The Riders are 12-6 in the league this season but have lost just one game at […]

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Help us break the WBBL attendance record!

Riders host Sevenoaks Suns on Saturday 4th March at the Morningside Arena, and we’re calling on the support of the Riders nation to help break the WBBL attendance record! This International Women’s Day game is expected to sell out quickly! Students can secure a ticket for just £5! You can secure your tickets below:

The Riders win overtime thriller!

The Riders advance to the second round of the BBL Trophy, winning an overtime thriller against the Manchester Giants. They emerged 114-107 victors, led by a monster 32 points and 13 rebounds from Marc Loving.  Loving was supported by 25 points from Zach Jackson and 20 points from Patrick Whelan, the star trio going off […]

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Ndoukou signs first pro contract

Leicester Riders are delighted to have signed young British talent Victor Ndoukou on his first professional contract. The young forward has signed a 4 and a half year deal which will see him as part of the BBL team through to the end of the 2026-27 season. Ndoukou will also be studying a Loughborough University […]

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Riders sign Devonte Bandoo!

Leicester Riders are excited to announce the signing of Canadian point guard Devonte Bandoo. The former Baylor Bear competed in his home country last summer, averaging 16.1 points for the Saskatchewan Rattlers.  He spent his final two college seasons at Baylor University, after leading Hutchinson Community College to a national championship as a freshman. The […]

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LRF launch Positive Futures Project

The Leicester Riders Foundation are launching the Positive Futures project in collaboration with Leicester City Police funded by Street Games. The Positive Futures programme aimed at reaching young people at risk of involvement with anti-social behaviour crime & violence is using basketball and life skills as a tool to better their future. The children on […]

Forge Your Career in Sport with SMB College Group and Leicester Riders Foundation!

Leicester Riders Foundation are proud to be working alongside SMB College Group to launch a brand new Sport programme that allows young people to combine basketball with a Level 3 college course in Sport.  Based at the college’s 850-acre Brooksby Campus in Leicestershire, the programme will give students the opportunity to develop vital career skills […]

Riders secure big win vs Gladiators

The Riders improved to 9-4 in the BBL Championship with a blowout 100-67 home win against the Caledonia Gladiators. Patrick Whelan led the scoring with a season-high 25 points, his first double-double of the year.  Leicester burst out to a big lead late in the second and never looked back, feeding off the home crowd […]

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Good For The Sole

Leicester Riders Foundation are delighted to announce that we are launching the “Good For The Sole” shoe donation programme. The aim of the programme is to provide basketball shoes for young people in order to help kickstart their basketball journey. Tracey Hallam a Trustee of the Foundation hopes that the Riders family will get behind […]

Logan Rooney formally signs with Loughborough Basketball in the NBL

American 6’6 guard/wing, Logan Rooney joins Loughborough Basketball as the latest signing for the Division 1 Men’s programme. Rooney, who graduated in 2021 from Saint Martins University in the US is familiar with British basketball, having played for Newcastle University last season. During his time at Newcastle, Rooney graduated with his Masters degree in International […]

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BBL announces Aaron Radin as CEO

Following an extensive recruitment process carried out by the league’s board of directors, Radin’s appointment comes at a crucial moment for the BBL as the league looks to accelerate its growth to achieve its full potential. Radin moves to the BBL after compiling a successful track record across a 30-year professional career. He has held […]

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Riders secure road win

The Riders improved to 8-4 after a 90-81 road win against the Surrey Scorchers.  They had six double-digit scorers in a solid team display, led by 16 points from their captain Darien Nelson-Henry. His 16 was his second-highest scoring game of the season, the Penn graduate going 6-7 from the free-throw line and shooting 62% […]

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Cup Semi date confirmed

Leicester Riders will host Caledonia Gladiators in the BBL Cup Semi Final on Wednesday 21 December, 7.45pm tip. Riders will be looking to use home advantage with a big crowd, to help take them back to Birmingham after defeating Manchester Giants in last years’ final. This years’ format means that the semi final is one […]

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All Girls Basketball Event

The Leicester Riders Foundation is hosting an All Girls basketball Event at the Morningside Arena on Saturday 14th January. The event is open to girls & women of all abilities, ages 8+, providing opportunities for players to develop their game in a fun, sociable and safe environment with Leicester Riders Foundation community coaches. CLICK HERE […]

Riders fall to Gladiators

The Riders lost their first game in six, falling 92-66 to the Caledonia Gladiators.  Leicester fell into a 20-point hole in the opening stages, and despite cutting it to single digits in the third, failed to recover all the way. The Gladiators, who lead the BBL in steals, played intense defence to force 25 turnovers […]

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Riders take the win against Sharks

The Riders improve their season record to 7-3, after a gritty 71-58 win against the Sheffield Sharks.  A 21-11 fourth quarter saw the Riders win a closely fought contest, where the Sharks’ kept the hosts honest throughout. Zach Jackson led the scoring with 17 points, 11 coming in the final period to see out the […]

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Riders sign GB International Aaron Menzies

Riders are thrilled to confirm the signing of Great Britain International Aaron Menzies. The 7’3” big man will join Riders on a return from International duty after a buy-out deal was agreed with German side Dresden Titans for his services. Aaron, who spent his college career stateside with Seattle Redhawks and Saint Mary’s Gaels, started […]

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Academy Fixtures: November 12th & 13th

Fixtures: Saturday U16 Boys II v Milton Keynes – 13:00 Tip at Morningside Arena Sunday U14 Girls v Encon Derbyshire Arrows – 11:00 Tip at Morningside Arena U14 Boys Premier v Manchester Magic – 13:00 Tip at Morningside Arena U 16 Girls Premier v Newcastle Eagles – 13:30 Tip at Vertu Motors Arena U16 Boys […]


Leicester Riders Supporters Club  The primary role of the Leicester Riders Supporters Club is to positively promote the interests of the basketball club and build closer links between supporters, players, coaches and staff. We actively fundraise for the Leicester Riders to contribute to the club’s growth and success. All Leicester Riders supporters are automatically members […]

BBL Championship Preview- Riders vs Phoenix

The Riders host the Cheshire Phoenix in tonight’s BBL Championship action, last season’s 6th-placed league finishers.  Riders finding form After an up-and-down start to the season, the Riders have strung together back-to-back wins for the first time this season, against quality opposition. A double header of the weekend, versus the Bristol Flyers and the Sheffield […]

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Baby Ballers is back!

Baby Ballers makes a return on Thursday November 17th as we begin another 5 week block. The sessions take place 10-11am at the Morningside Arena (LE1 3UL) and our coached by our Leicester Riders Foundation coaches. Baby Ballers is a family session; you are welcome to bring family members/ friends/siblings to watch. CLICK HERE to […]

Injury update: Mo Walker

Riders are devastated to confirm that Mo Walker has ruptured his achilles and will be out for the rest of the season. We would like to thank Spire Hospital for their on-going support of our players & programme. Their partnership has enabled Mo to receive the very best care as he prepares to undergo surgery […]

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Riders comeback to beat Sharks

The Riders secured back-to-back wins over a weekend of games after beating the Sheffield Sharks 86-72.  In an exceptional team effort, the Riders had four starters score over 15 points in the game. They were led by 21 points from Derryck Thornton, the 6’3” point guard shooting 50% from the field. See the full box […]

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BBL Championship Preview- Riders at Sharks

The Riders are on the road for the fifth time this season, taking on the Sheffield Sharks. The Sharks were runners-up in last season’s league table and enter this game on a four-game winning streak.  Riders looking for momentum  After an injury-troubled start to their season, playing games without key players Zach Jackson and Derryck […]

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Riders bounce back against Bristol

The Riders put one in the win column, improving to 3-3 with a 91-73 victory against the Bristol Flyers. A monster 34-point performance from Marc Loving led a dominant second-half display, as Leicester secured a much-needed win.  Loving’s 34 came in 36 minutes, shooting 13-17 from the field and a red-hot 6-8 from three. The […]

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Riders fall just short in Glasgow

The Riders fell short in Scotland, losing a battle against the Caledonia Gladiators. Before the closing seconds, the lead was never greater than six for either team. But the Gladiators found late momentum to secure the win.  The Riders’ wing duo of Patrick Whelan and Marc Loving led the scoring with 22 and 20, respectively, […]

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Riders win home opener

The Riders move to 2-2 after winning their home opener. It was a 102-89 against the Manchester Giants, which they blew open in the third quarter.  The Riders’ wing tandem led them through the game, as GB guard Patrick Whelan and Omaha graduate Zach Jackson scored 20 each. Jackson also grabbed 10 boards, putting up […]

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All you need to know!

With the fantastic expansion of Morningside Arena, and ahead of the first home game of the season this Friday against Manchester Giants – here’s all you need to know… Tip timesAll Friday night home games will now tip-off at 7.45pm. This Friday there is a pre-game event! Pre-game event This Friday we open our doors […]

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Everymind Performance joins the Leicester Riders family as official partner to take academy programme to the next level.

Leicester Riders academy programme is already one of the most successful academies in the UK with a multitude of national titles and players moving on to professional basketball around the world. Riders have now created a new partnership with performance coaching and education experts, Everymind Performance. The partnership has already been in place for a […]

Arlen named in top 3!

Forward, Ashley Arlen has been named in the ‘Top 3 Ballers’ in the WBBL on The BBL Show podcast alongside London Lions, Kiki Herbert-Harrigan and Shanice Beckford-Norton. Arlen joined the Riders this season after a successful three-year spell at the Nottingham Wildcats and professional experience in Romania, Germany, Spain and Australia. Arlen now leads the […]

Riders fall short in a close one

The Riders fell just short in a close one in Bristol, concluding a three-game road trip to start the season.  The game was tightly contested throughout, but the Flyers found late momentum to win the contest. New man Derryck Thornton led the team for the second straight game with 16 points and five rebounds, but […]

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Black History Month celebrated at Flyers game

Players of both Leicester Riders and Bristol Flyers will wear warm-up t-shirts to celebrate Black History Month before Saturday’s away game. Both sides represent multi-cultural cities and have a rich history of welcoming players from all backgrounds. Riders are also offering free advertising space on their big screens to local black-owned businesses for both home […]

Kevin Routledge honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

We are thrilled to announce Leicester Riders chairman Kevin Routledge has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2022 LeicestershireLive Business Awards. Kevin’s years of contributions to basketball, the community and business were all recognised, with TV presenter & host Ben Hanlin presenting the award at the King Power Stadium. All at the Riders would […]

Academy Results: October 8th & 9th

Results: U14 Boys II 27-86 Leicester Dynamite U16 Girls Prem 67-77 Sheffield Hatters U18 Men 65-99 Leicester Dynamite U16 Boys Prem 62-46 City of Leeds U16 Girls II 40-53 Frankley Falcons U14 Girls 64-51 Mansfield Giants U14 Boys Prem 51-58 Manchester Giants For updates on all Academy fixtures follow @RidersBF & @LRFAcademy on all social […]

Riders bag first win of the season

The Riders took their first win of the season, beating the Surrey Scorchers 86-67 on the road. The Riders took an early lead which they carried through to the final buzzer, blowing the game open in the third quarter.  New man Derryck Thornton enjoyed a dream debut, leading the game with 20 points after scoring […]

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American talent joins Loughborough University

Loughborough Basketball welcome Emma Fee and Ashley Johnson to Loughborough University where they will be studying and competing in the British University and Colleges Sport competition.  Fee, originally from Minnesota, has spent the last five years studying and playing at Winona State University. The 6’2 Forward will further her academic studies at Loughborough University this […]

Riders fall short in season opener

The Riders tipped off their title defence with an 89-78 loss on the road against the London Lions. Falling in a hole early, the Riders fought resiliently to stay in the game, but fell short of a comeback late on.  Marc Loving led the team with 21 points, the stretch four having an efficiently brilliant […]

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Riders sign point guard Derryck Thornton!

Riders are thrilled to announce the signing of American point guard Derryck Thornton! The high-flying playmaker adds to an exciting Riders roster looking to build on last season’s treble-winning success.  “I’m really excited and eager to get going,” commented Derryck Thornton. “I know it’s a really competitive league, with great fans. I’m just really excited […]

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The Leicester Riders are delighted to announce the addition of Irish International forward Fiona O’Dwyer to their WBBL roster for the upcoming season.  Originally O’Dwyer was set to play with the Gloucester City Queens however their decision to withdraw from the league has meant she will now make the switch to the Riders. O’Dwyer is […]

New Zealand-British Forward, Dion Collins Joins The NBL For The 2022-23 Season

Loughborough Basketball announce the signing of 6’8 New Zealand-British Forward, Dion Collins to the 2022-23 roster for the Loughborough Riders Men’s programme. Collins, born and raised in New Zealand with British ancestry is the eleventh player to join the Division 1 team, led by Coach Will Maynard. Collins left New Zealand to attend college in […]

Riders fall in BCL Qualifiers

The Riders fell just short in the opening round of the Basketball Champions League Qualifiers, losing 70-61 to CSO Voluntari to conclude their venture into Europe.  The deficit was just four points with three minutes remaining, after they fell down double-digits in the third quarter. But the Romanian side had enough to hold onto the […]

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Sponsors support Riders in Europe

On the day of our return to European competition, Leicester Riders have highlighted the fantastic support it has received from sponsors for its BCL Campaign, Jelson Homes, Morningside Pharmaceuticals, Lumbers Jewellers and Hilton Leicester. “Over my time as MD of Leicester, Jelson Homes have been a critical sponsor in support of this club. We have […]

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Know our name!

While the Riders are in Basketball Champions League action this Wednesday the domestic league gets underway this Friday. To celebrate the talent, culture and excitement around the league, the BBL and clubs have launched the “Know Our Name” campaign to ignite fans’ passion ahead of the start of the new season. After an incredible 21/22 […]

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Riders unveil new European kits

Leicester Riders today unveiled their brand new kit designs for the 2022-23 season! With the side entering European competition, Riders have today launched their European Edition featuring sponsors Jelson Homes, Morningside Pharmaceuticals, and Hilton – Leicester. Fans will get to see the new kits for the first time in person at tonight’s game with the […]

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Charnwood Academy Graduate to join Loughborough Basketball for the 2022-23 Season

Loughborough Basketball are pleased to announce that up-and-coming British talent, Ben Woog will be joining the Division 1 Men’s side this season in the National Basketball League. Woog has been with the Riders club for the past two seasons within the Charnwood College Riders Basketball Academy, under the development of Coach Will Maynard. The British […]

Jessica Eadsforth-Yates

Eadsforth-Yates has signed with the Riders while also studying for her masters at Loughborough University. Jess is no stranger to the Riders set-up or Head Coach Krumesh Patel having previously spent time playing for him while at Charnwood College. A four-year college stint in the US and last season playing at the Newcastle Eagles have […]

Eadsforth-Yates in Riders Switch

Leicester Riders are pleased to announce the addition of guard Jess Eadsforth-Yates to their roster for the rapidly approaching WBBL season. Eadsforth-Yates had been expected to be competing for the Gloucester City Queens in the upcoming season, however, a change in circumstances has seen her now sign with the Riders while also studying for her […]

Riders Head To Sweden

Riders women will travel to Sweden for some preseason games. This will be a great opportunity to play some high-quality teams for the women and continue their preparation for the WBBL opener in a few weeks! The first game will be on Thursday when they face Sodertaile. Sodertaile are one of the top teams who […]

LRF to host Central Venue League

In addition to the return of our Community Sessions the Leicester Riders Foundation will also be hosting a Central Venue League across 4 locations, Morningside Arena, Groby, Coalville and Beauchamp College for players ages 8-12. Our Central Venue league will give players the opportunity to train weekly and then join the other locations once a […]

Loughborough Sign US Guard

Loughborough Riders are pleased to announce the signing of American guard Elijah Bailey on a 2 year deal, who will be combining playing with the Riders while studying his MSc in International Business at Loughborough University. The 6’3 guard joins the Riders with experience playing professionally in Armenia, Iceland and Maldives following his graduation from […]

Whelan named in Eurobasket GB roster

Ahead of an eagerly anticipated FIBA EuroBasket 2022 that will see some of the world’s best basketball talent compete for supremacy, Great Britain Men’s Head Coach Nate Reinking has confirmed the 12-man roster selected to represent the team at the showpiece tournament. Riders star Patrick Whelan has been named in the twelve, alongside former Rider […]

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Riders sign CJ Jackson!

Riders are thrilled to announce the signing of talented point guard CJ Jackson for the 2022/23 season! Georgia-born Jackson has played three pro seasons in Scandinavia, averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds per game for Bisons Loimaa in the Finnish first division last season.  Jackson is a graduate of Ohio State, playing three seasons with […]

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Community Sessions Are Back

Our Leicester Riders Foundation Community Sessions are back ahead of the 2022/23 season. CLICK HERE to book onto our sessions! Monday Loughborough PL Kicks, Ages 12-17, 19:30-20:30 at Charnwood College, Thorpe hill, Loughborough, LE11 4SQ Late Night Hoops, 18+, 21:00-22:30 at Morningside Arena Tuesday She Got Game, Ages 12-17, 17:30-19:00 at Morningside Arena He Got […]

Riders announce BBL staff structure for 2022/23

Riders have announced the BBL support staff for the 2022/23 season. After winning the treble last season, the club are delighted to announce the addition of some key staff members. “It’s awesome for us to welcome the new faces to the backroom team”, commented Head Coach Rob Paternostro. “It’s important for us to have a […]

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