Latest update: October 2014
Sheffield Hatters were formed in the early 1960’s and 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 due to our domination of English Women’s Basketball since the early 1990’s. Hatters were the first women’s basketball club in the country to gain Sport England’s Clubmark Accreditation.
Our Senior Team have won 55 National Titles in this period. In the 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons we won the National Cup, National League and National Championships.
The first lady of English basketball, head coach Betty Codona OBE retired from senior basketball following a career which saw her coach over 500 National League games – a record for an English coach – and won 40 National titles. Betty continues to be the driving force for the club and is admired by all members of the Club and its supporters.
Continuing the family commitment, ability and enthusiasm the head coach is now Vanessa Ellis, Betty’s daughter, who has coached the GB U20 side, is the current GB Senior Assistant Coach and also Head Coach of the England senior side.
The City of Sheffield Hatters are well 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. Lady Ruby Sykes is the honorary club president and she, like many others, is involved in club activities and fundraising.
The gaining of Charity Status was important for us. This acknowledgement of the club has allowed us to evolve and offer more to the community in and around Sheffield.
The club has a reputation for providing playing and coaching opportunities for girls and women of all ages. The strong junior development programme, with teams from under 10 and up to under 18, has been so successful that many young players move into the senior team and go on to win international honours. This is mostly due to our senior players and coaches being involved with the local community and regularly visiting many Sheffield primary and secondary schools.
Significantly, Sheffield Hatters is more than a club, it is a family. We provide sporting opportunities for players of all ages irrespective of ability or financial means and nurture their development. Over the years hundreds have trained and played with the club. Importantly, we offer a warm welcome to all potential players, supporters and enthusiasts.