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I played for the Sheffield Hatter’s in 2007


We were the English Premier League Champions



When the Sheffield Hatters were formed in the mid 1960’s they became the first women’s basketball team in England.  Since then, the club has developed into the most successful women’s sports club in the country.
Hatters have dominated English Women’s Basketball since the early 1990’s winning numerous national honours.  2006 saw the club win the play-off championships yet again.

This season the Hatters have dominated English Women’s Basketball and have won the Domestic Treble. The National Cup was won at the NIA in January 2007, beating our closest rival, the Rhondda Rebels. We then regained the League title from Rhondda in May, after three years of finishing as runners-up. The club then completed its most successful season in recent years by winning the play off championship in Newcastle with Rhondda our opponents once more.

 The club has a reputation for providing playing and coaching opportunities for girls and women of all ages.  The junior development programme has been so successful that many young players move into the senior team and go on to win international honours.  

At the current time, we have senior players in the Great Britain women’s squad. Two players and a coach are part of the Great Britain Under 20 women’s squad who have recently competed in the European Championship B Division in Lithuania, securing third place in the tournament. One of our current players, Katie Crowley, played for the England women’s team at the 2006 Commonwealth games and is, as a result, is a bronze medal winner.

City of Sheffield Hatters also have one player with the England Under 16 squad. The under 16’s will compete this Summer in European Championships in Italy. Four players are currently training with the North of England squad, whilst six of our younger girls are currently training as part of the Yorkshire squad.The Hatters provide sporting opportunities for players of all ages irrespective of ability or financial means.

We run a strong junior development programme with teams from under 10 up to under 18. More than this, we are a ‘community club’ our players and coaches coach regularly in many of Sheffield’s primary and secondary schools.

Hatters became the first women’s basketball club in the country to gain Sport England’s Clubmark Accreditation.

City of Sheffield Hatters are managed by a committee comprising of a dedicated group of volunteers (parents, players and coaches) who are involved in all major decisions on how the club is run.


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