About the Riders Women

The Leicester Riders women play in the Women’s British Basketball League, the top-level women’s basketball league in Great Britain.

The Leicester Riders have won four Titles, including three consecutive Trophy Titles and the 2021 Cup Title.

The Riders enter this season off the back of making all three domestic finals for the first time in their history.


The Leicester Riders women’s basketball team was founded in 2011 and started off playing in the NBL Division Two. After one year in the league, the team gained promotion to Division One in which they finished fourth and earned a spot in the playoffs.

For the 2013/14 season – the last in the NBL, the team finished fourth in the regular season and shocked England Basketball by winning their first-ever playoff title against the perennial champions Sheffield Hatters.  

The Riders joined the newly founded Women’s National Basketball League in 2014/15 and have made playoff appearances in every season. 2017/18 proved the Riders’ most successful season to date, after finishing with a 19-1 record and winning the WBBL Trophy Final.

Through the establishment of the Loughborough Basketball Programme, players who compete in BUCS Premier are also able to represent the Leicester Riders in the WBBL.

The Women’s British Basketball Legaue

The Women’s British Basketball League is the top-level women’s basketball league in Great Britain, founded on 5 June 2014 as the women’s counterpart to the British Basketball League.

Like the Men’s British Basketball League, the organisation uses a franchise-based system so there is no promotion and relegation between The League and the English Women’s Basketball League, which forms the lower divisions. Along with the Women’s British Basketball League Regular Season and the post-season Play-offs, it also runs a knockout competition featuring all Women’s British Basketball League member teams – the Women’s British Basketball League Trophy.