HULL WASPS are now a National League basketball club, developed from the original Hull Stingers Basketball Club, established in 1961. The club began at Newland Youth Centre and is now one of the longest established basketball clubs in the country.
The senior teams have had great success over the years including achievements of 7 championships and tournaments at senior level, and various other achievements at youth level.
The Wasps are now Hull's senior mens team who began competing in the England Basketball National League 4 North Division 2008-2009 season. The club have secured the fabulous Bonus Arena (formerly Gemtec Arena) at the KC Stadium complex off Walton Street, just outside of Hull City centre. We are proud of our history and are looking forward to the future of the club with great excitement. We are ambitious and believe we can have success to match it over the years to come.
During their inaugural season the Hull Wasps produced some memorable performances against some tough opposition. Under the direction of Head-coach James Coulson, the Wasps opened their season with an 80-72 victory over Tees Valley Mohawks II in the first round of the National Shield. The season was a roller coaster with Wasps managing to win 8 of their 20 games and finishing 7th out of 11 teams in National League 4 North.
With James Coulson stepping down as head-coach at the beginning of the season, his assistant and well-respected centre, Chris McKenna took over as head-coach. Leading the Wasps to 4 straight opening victories including a memorable 105-33 win over Reddish Rebels, McKenna led the Wasps to 10 wins from 18 games finishing 6th from 10 teams in the league.
Some memorable games included the double-overtime loss at home to Bury Blue Devils, a 700 strong home crowd that saw Wasps beat Middlesbrough and an intense final home victory against Stockport Falcons.
The Hull Stingers are the official development club of the Hull Wasps and remain an integral part of our club, history and our future. Their coach Neil Kelsey, who is one of the original members of the team, won the coach of the year in 1996 and his son, John Kelsey gained the title ‘player of the year’ voted for by the players. They also won the under 13’2 Poppleton Invitation Championship. They have progressed to being Hull’s Junior National League Squad with over 14 of the players being invited for England trials. Another success story, John Kelsey in 1998 was chosen for the North of England Squad. Also, John and another player Ricky Jennison were chosen to be the first Junior Sports Ambassadors for their country.
The team’s main emphasis is development, a perfect example of this is Neil Rymer. He joined the team at the age of 15 and went on to play point guard for the Hull Kingston Icebergs, assisting the coaching of his junior team. He also went on to coach at Michigan State University in the USA.
Head coach Neil Kelsey and his coaches have delivered coaching sessions throughout the city in partnership with Hull Sports development and the Hardcastle Foundation to develop the sport in the community.
The Stingers organise coaching sessions in a large number of primary and secondary schools as well as Hull university Union Sports and Fitness Centre, were the club run a monthly competition.
Coach Kelsey is proud that a number of local players have gone on to gain representative honours on the court.
"We have players aged between 10 and 16 representing Hull, Humberside, Yorkshire and also various England squads." Kelsey told Hotshots.
"The Stingers most successful group is the Girls having won the Humber Youth Games for the last four years. During that time they have been unbeaten."
"The girls and boys under-12s recently won the first Humberside Classic Invitational Cup while the club teams hold the Des Montgomery Memorial Shield, Hull Uni Jordan Cup. They are also unbeaten this season in monthly Yorkshire contested by mixed girls and boys sides."
Its not just team accolades that are coming the way of Stingers. Individually, they have collected their fair share of honours. The most notable individual award went to Emma Yates, 11, for her performance in the Humberball competition.