The trials and tribulations of running an English basketball club and building and running an arena

This public lecture will provide a unique insight into the management of Leicester’s legendary basketball club, the Leicester Riders. Kevin Routledge, Chairman of Leicester Riders, will speak on ‘The trials and tribulations of running an English basketball club’.

The Leicester Riders is the oldest basketball club in the UK operating at the top flight, now into its sixth decade of operation, after its founding in 1967. The club was a founder member of the National League when it was established in 1973 by the national governing body, then the EBBA. It has been a continuous member of the top flight of professional British club basketball, The Basketball League Limited (BBL), since that was founded in 1987. The Riders senior women’s team are founder members of the WBBL, the female equivalent of the BBL, and administered by the BBL, which was established in 2014.

Throughout their history the Riders have variously played at Loughborough University, De Montfort University, Hinckley Leisure Centre and Granby Halls. Since 2016 the club has had a dedicated, purpose-built home at the £6 million Morningside Arena in Leicester city centre. The Riders were the first club in the BBL to build and operate their own arena, additionally using the building as a premier sports and entertainment venue, as well as a hub for community sport.

Date: Wednesday 27 November 2019

Time: 5.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Location: Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1

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Kevin Routledge

Canadian born Kevin Routledge graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with degrees in Physics and Mathematics. His career was in power engineering

Kevin Routledge

and he was a lead Director in the management buyout of NNC Limited from GEC, and its subsequent sale to AMEC. He was recruited by private equity Vision Capital in 2008, and was Chairman of three of their engineering companies in the UK and overseas. He is currently  Chairman of 2 Corby companies involving low energy living.

Kevin has been involved in various roles with Leicester Riders since 1974. He has been Chairman of Riders since 1988. He was involved in setting up the professional league(BBL) in 1987, and was Chairman of the BBL from 1988 to 2002. He was responsible for all aspects of the £6m Morningside Arena build, opened in January 2016 at Charter Street, Leicester.

Kevin is a Director of the Arena company, Trustee of the Riders charity, Leicester Riders Foundation, Director of BBL, Vice Chair of the Basketball Foundation, and Secretary of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Basketball.

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