Can you save the Crusaders?

Coventry Crusaders are in dire financial difficulty and are on the edge of plunging out of business. The team are in need of sponsorship or donations to steer them to the end of the season with only two months left.

The National League Division One team are currently two wins away from a play off place after a difficult start to their season with only one win in eight games. The Crusaders turned their season around with a new look squad, adding 14 new players especially with the league’s top scorer Casey Crawford. Writes Jack McCaughtrie…

First division basketball runs the risk of disappearing from Coventry if funds are not found by 17th February. The Crusaders have been in a difficult situation since the start of the season but it has now reached breaking point.
Head Coach Roger Payne, who arrived at the Crusaders at the start of the season, has reached into his own pocket over the course of the season but cannot fund it himself any more. Issuing a plea to willing donors Payne said, “I know it’s a hard time for all companies in this economic down-turn, but this is one of the most well known institutions of basketball in Britain”

Payne went on to say, “I have done as much as I can do financially to get the team to this point and if we do not receive a donor or someone to help us to the end of this season, of which there is only two months left, then Coventry men’s basketball will no longer be in the First Division of England Basketball.” This comes on the back of consecutive defeats this weekend but still with the chance of reaching the play offs.

Payne is now gearing his side up to face league leaders Bristol this Saturday at Coventry Sport and Leisure Centre. If a donation or sponsorship is not provided by Thursday’s deadline all the hard work put in by Payne and his side will be for nothing and ending the 19 year stay of basketball in Coventry.


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