I used to be eight or 9 years previous after I first watched the
Chester Jets play. My dad performed basketball and performed for Mike Burton, who at
the time was closely concerned with the Jets when Robbie Peers was teaching.
My focus and desires as a teen have been all the time about
taking part in, and my aspirations if something have been to play for this membership. When I
stopped taking part in, I wished to offer again to the membership I’d been with as a junior,
which have been the Ellesmere Port Panthers, who at the moment are the Cheshire Phoenix
I by no means thought I’d be on this place as Head Coach of the
Phoenix Men’s workforce, however I’m extraordinarily happy with it. I used to be in the best place at
the best time to take this chance, and now I’m going into my fifth full
season in cost, with the membership constructing in the best course each on and off
the court docket.
The BBL Cup Final in 2017/18 was my first alternative as a
Head Coach to be concerned in a last, and I in all probability didn’t admire that
second as a lot as I’ve appreciated getting right here at present, nor how tough it
can be to get to a different last.
I’m so grateful to the gamers and employees for his or her efforts, as
properly as our wonderful followers for his or her help in serving to get us right here, and the
organisation for giving us the instruments to get to this last. I’m so proud,
excited, comfortable and desperate to get there. I can’t wait!
It is straightforward for me to really feel captivated with this membership as a result of
I’ve supported them for so long as I can keep in mind, and this isn’t only a job to
me – neither is it to James Brice, our General Manager.
We’ve each travelled up and down the nation watching
finals, assembly gamers, being coached by gamers in highschool, so for us
this chance is greater than only a job. Our focus has all the time been to make
positive all people else concerned within the membership shares that zeal and the will to
The subsequent Ben Thomas or James Brice might be sat within the crowd
at present, and if anyone may be impressed by our workforce and what we’re doing then
we’d love that to occur, and to spark their curiosity in pursuing the sport as a
profession sooner or later in no matter position they may need.
I actually hope that we will win for the followers. I used to be in all probability a
bit fortunate to get to a last in my first yr and will have thought we might have
completed it a bit bit extra repeatedly than we have now completed since, however that hasn’t
been the case.
Finals are one thing to be celebrated and loved, however we need to go and win it for the followers and repay the help we get from them in each single recreation.