History

Founded in 1961, Boroughmuir Basketball Club was formed from a nucleus of players from Edinburgh’s Boroughmuir
High School. The club has gone on to become a mainstay of Scottish basketball for over four decades.

The club’s heyday came in the late 1960’s when players like Tony Wilson, Mel Capaldi, John Tunnah, Brian Carmichael and Bill McInnes went on to form the backbone of the Scottish National team.

A highlight of this period came in 1967 when Boroughmuir became the first British team to participate in a European cup competition. They were drawn against the mighty Real Madrid and played their home tie at Murrayfield Ice Rink before a crowd of nearly 1,000.

The Blaze moniker was introduced in 2004 and in recent years the club has rejuvenated its development program with the club now having over 100 members at all levels.

The club’s growth is reflected by entry in the Under 16 Cadet National League since 2005/06 and the Under 18 Junior National League since 2006/07 and re-entry to the Senior National League in 2010-11. Cooperation with Darroch Basketball Club has enabled the establishment of a weekly social basketball session.

2011, the 50th year in the club’s history, has proved a pivot point in the club’s growth. By becoming the major partner in the reopened Crags Community Sports Centre, the long-term future of the club looks brighter than ever.

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