The Checkers Basketball Club (established in 1969) is one of the oldest and strongest clubs in Canterbury with a proud tradition and a long involvement with local and New Zealand basketball.  The Club has had no less than six teams in local competitions and as many as sixteen teams in various grades over the years with many championship winning teams amongst them.

Throughout this time, we have had a large number of Canterbury representatives from the Club and good numbers going on to become New Zealand representatives.

Many others have represented the Canterbury Rams and the Canterbury Wildcats womens team as well as other national league teams around the country.

Our record demonstrates the ability and strength of the Club to attract and develop players with the ability to compete at a high level and coaches with the experience to advance these players to representative level.

We are always keen to extend the numbers in our Club, so if anyone is keen to get involved in Coaching or playing, please contact Heather Devlin to discuss.

We cater for senior teams from Premier Mens to Midweek Men and Women, depending on coaching staff and player availability.  We do not cater for mixed gender teams.

Development at age group level is developing in our club with our involvement in Girls U15s/U18s, MU20s and Mens U23s.  We hope to expand on this next season.

We are always on the look out for talented players or those who simply wish to give basketball a go in a social environment - regardless of ability or age.

Team Trials are underway for 2021!

Mens Under 20s
Trials underway and will take place over the next few weeks (commenced 4th March). Come along on Thursdays at the Bishopdale YMCA, 8-9.30pm (court 1). If you would like to find out more, please contact us and we can pass on more info.

Mens Under 23s/Premiers
Trials get underway on 7th March 3-4.30pm at the Bishopdale YMCA. If you would like to find out more, please contact us and we can pass on more info.

Girls Under 13s / Girls Under 15s / Girls Under 19s
Anyone wanting to play these grades, trials get underway on Monday 8th March at Avonside Girls High gym, 6.30-8.00pm. These will take place over the next few weeks. If you would like to find out more, please contact us and we can pass on more info.

Mens and Womens Midweek League
Anyone who may be interested in taking part in the Midweek Leagues, please get in touch asap. This season gets underway in April.

Please contact Heather Devlin (Club Secretary) 027 473 1838 for more information. 


  • Mens Premier Coach: Mike Barnett
  • Mens Under 23s: Kelvin Fisher
  • Mens Under 20s (2 Club teams): Gavin Kilgour - Head Coach
  • Girls Under 13s: Bob Weatherford
  • Womens Under 19s: Paul Isitt
  • Womens Under 16s: TBC

Any Club related queries, please contact me.

Yours in basketball...

Heather Devlin

Club Secretary

Checkers Basketball Club Inc.

(established 1969)

Email address:

Ph 345 9106

Mob 027 473 1838

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