The Plymouth Raiders are a professional basketball team based in Plymouth, England. The team competed in the British Basketball League, the country's premier basketball competition. The original Cheerleading team was established in 1998 and performed for 22 years under the name "The Plymouth Raiders Cheerleaders" at the Plymouth Pavilions, until 2021.
The club was founded in 1983 and came about through a merger between two local basketball clubs. They became the longest-serving and most successful team in Division 1 of the English Basketball League. Between 1996 and 2004, the Plymouth Raiders won six different competitions, including three National Basketball League Play-off titles and the National Cup in 2004.
After dominating the EBL for several years, the Raiders moved up to the franchise-based British Basketball League in 2004, competing against the country's top teams. In 2007, they won the BBL Trophy and reached three more Trophy and BBL Cup Finals until the liquidation in 2021.
In June of 2023, the clubs new sole owner, Ross Mackenzie, released the following news: "2023 marks the 40th anniversary of the Plymouth Raiders, the second oldest club in UK basketball. There couldn't be a better or more fitting time to announce to the basketball world that we're back."
Follow their journey via: https://www.plymouthraiders.com/
Photographer: Damian Pudner