A Brief History
The BBBC was formed in 1996 by a group of parents who recognised the personal benefits their children gained from being involved in a structured basketball program. Originally based at QE Girls School in High Barnet the BBBC moved its Community Development activity to Burnt Oak Leisure Centre in 2002.
Over the years the BBBC have seen over 45,000 young people participate in a variety of basketball related activities. In partnership with local and national agencies the BBBC has delivered a range of divisionary activities across the whole of the borough where the basis of our program is to teach the fundamental skills and provide a pathway to all levels of basketball.
To achieve this the club has formed strategic partnerships with the United States Basketball Academy and The United States Sports Academy, who are America’s only University of Sport. Additional links with Baloncesto Colegial Foundacion of Spain provides its players with the opportunity of participating in tournaments in Spain and America. The club also works with Global Horizons a student exchange company who provide educational and cultural exchange opportunities to schools in America for young people, we have seen over 20 of our young players in recent years attending schools in America.
The club regularly competes at all ages of competition in a combination of local and national league basketball. Our Under 18 team have twice reached the quarter finals of the national play offs having won their regional Conference and different age groups have all won London Junior League and Hertfordshire Youth League titles.
We have a number of former players who have represented England and Great Britain at International level. Theo Turner represented England in the first Under 20, 3 on 3 World Championships. Ovie Soko represented England and GB at Under 20 and Senior Level. Ovi gained a scholarship to the University of Alabama (Birmingham) and Duquense University where he graduated in 2014. He signed to play professionally in France with Boulazac Basket Dordogne and in 2015 he joined Aries Trikala in Greece. He made his senior GB debut in 2015 against New Zealand, Temi Fagbenly who represented Barnet in the London Youth Games gained a scholarship to Blair Academy in America when she was 16, she the gained a full scholarship to Harvard University where she graduated in 2015. She is currently taking her Masters at the University of Southern California. For a number of years Temi has represented England and Great Britain at all levels including the 2012 London Olympics.