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Basketball Heritage

The Basketball Heritage Collection was deposited at the University of Worcester in 2015 by John Atkinson, supplemented by additional material from Jenny Collins.

These webpages give a brief flavour of the extent and richness of the material available, and will be added to as we catalogue and further develop the collection. If you wish to find out more about the collection contact us on

collection overview

Launch of the NBHASC

The Launch of University of Worcester’s National Basketball Heritage Archive and Study Centre (NBHASC), took place at the University of Worcester Arena.

Based around the Basketball Heritage Collection held by the University Research Collections the Centre is intended as resource hub for students, coaches, academics and others interested in the history of the sport.

The University also hopes it will preserve basketball’s cultural heritage, highlight its national significance and engage wider audiences with the sport.


above: Mick Donovan, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Inclusive Sport & Educational Development) welcoming an invited audience to the launch of the Centre.

      left: Left to right - Roger Fairman (Research Librarian); Geoff Kohe (Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Sports Studies and a Sport Historian); John Atkinson (Historical Statistician and major depositor to the archive); Mick Donovan.

     middle left: exhibits from the Archive

     bottom left: John Atkinson talking to some of the guests

Links to media coverage of the launch:

   Hoopsfix / Hoopsfix - youtube / Worcester News




Overview and Background

The Basketball Heritage Archive contains a vast range of material covering the sport in the USA, Europe and the UK, as well as material relating to the Olympics. The collection covers topics such as youth basketball and education, women’s basketball, sponsorship, and the media. Focusing on youth tournaments and physical education, the Archive can be used to chart the development of youth basketball, including incentives created to attract more young people to the game. The Archive also holds information about international competitions and the creation of Team GB.

Particular strengths of the archive are its coverage of English Basketball, from the Under 14 to Senior Leagues, from the 1960s onwards and documentation relating to the development of statistical notations used in the sport. The collection holds many detailed statistic sheets and court notations relating to games played throughout the 1960s onwards.

Types of material in the collection is varied and includes: magazines; newsletters; newspaper clippings; match and tournament programmes; match statistics; yearbooks; rule books and coaching manuals, as well as a small number of books.

Photo: ECL play-off Game 1971-72 - Sheffield Scorpions vs Liverpool Police
Photo Credit: Morris Wordsworth

Match Programmes

The collection of match programmes in the archive covers both UK and International matches. There are promotional club programmes and match programmes, often holding player statistics. The programmes cover youth and senior basketball leagues and start from the early 1960s.


There are a range of yearbooks, handbooks and guides contained within the collection covering the UK, Europe and the USA.

Some of the principal UK titles in the collection are listed below.


  • ABBA / EBBA Handbook (Yearbook / Directly)  1959 - 1994
  • EBBA / EB English Basketball Leagues Handbooks  1961 - 2010
  • BL / BBL Handbook  1993 - 2002
  • ESBBA English Schools Basketball Association Handbook  1961 - 2006        



There is a growing collection of basketball magazines, covering the UK, Europe and the USA, including some fanzines.

Currently around 60 English Language titles are held in the collection, including:

  • Basketball / Basketball Monthly (1960 - 1989)
  • Pawprint (1976 - 1992)
  • Slam Dunk (1994 - 1998)   
  • Zone Press - EBBA (1990 - 2003)

More detailed information is available in PDF format.

The Archive also holds a small number of foreign language titles, mainly Spanish and French.

Newspaper Clippings

The collection contains an extensive range of newspaper clippings relating to local and international basketball. Though the majority of the clippings are English language there are some, relating to international basketball and the Olympics, that are foreign language. Some of these clippings chart the progress of certain local teams throughout various basketball seasons. They cover many topics, such as youth and education, women’s basketball, sponsorship and commercialism in sport, and the Olympics.




As well as statistic sheets, programmes and yearbooks, the collection contains a range of basketball memorabilia. This includes medals and trophies, items of clothing, photographs of games and stadiums, pennants and posters. The collection contains both international and national memorabilia.



The collection contains statistic sheets for hundreds of League, Cup and International matches, both youth and senior leagues. The statistic sheets go back as far as the early 1960s through to the late 1990s/early 2000s.


The collection holds extensive documentation around the development of notations and statistical reporting systems by John Atkinson, Roger Yapp and others.

These often relate directly to statistic sheets and can be used to chart the progress of a team through a season or the development of notation reporting itself.


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