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History

Brixton Topcats was officially formed in 1984, although its roots are far older than this. The club is arguably the most famous basketball club in England, with a trophy cabinet and alumni to rival any club in the country. Founded against the backdrop of race riots in England in the 1980s, the club’s mission is to provide a high quality opportunity for young people in South London, both on the court and in the wider areas of life.

The nickname ‘Topcats’ is inspired by the cartoon of the same name, relevant for its parody of the relationship between young people in the community and the Police. Brixton TopCats is a cornerstone of the local community and has impacted on the lives of thousands of inner-city children in the last quarter century. The current development programme attacts over 200 juniors every week and has strong links with local schools and an official partnership with London South Bank University.

TThe clubs’ founder, owner and General Manager, Jimmy Rogers is recognised as a community leader and is respected globally in basketball circles. The club has been placing players into educational institutions for over 20 years both in the USA and in England and is proud of its alumni who have been successful both on and off the court.

We are proud to continue Jimmy’s Legacy via South London Topcats Community Interest Company (CIC) to ensure that the club has governance, policies and procedures in place to protect the interest of Lambeth and wider young people, putting safeguarding, basketball, education and life progression at the heart of everything we do. Please direct any queries in this respect to southlondontopcats@gmail.com

 

Brixton Programme

The club is particularly notable for its highly-rated development programme, which has produced the likes of Andrea Congreaves, Ronnie Baker, Andrew Bailey, Luol Deng, Ajou Deng, Ugonna Onyekwe and Emiko Etete in recent years. Five of the current men’s Great Britain team are products of the Brixton programme: Luol Deng, Ogo Adegboye, Eric Boateng, Matthew Bryan-Amaning and Justin Robinson. 

Brixton Topcats Basketball Club has a high profile nationally and has received visits over the years from HRH Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Robert Horry, Lennox Lewis, Ian Wright and Kate Hoey MP. The club has also been placing players into educational institutions for over 20 years both in the USA and England, and is proud of its alumni who have been successful both on and off the court. In addition to developing talent the club has an elite strand and competes in the English National League in the highest divisions in both senior men and women, and junior men and women. TopCats, and Junior and Senior teams that have been league mainstays since 1985, winning many trophies and championships along the way.

Topcats Alumni

We are so proud of our past Topcats family where you can see below the vast amount of successful people the club has produced on and off the basketball court.

Topcats Alumni

We are so proud of our past Topcats family where you can see below the vast amount of successful people the club has produced on and off the basketball court.

Honourable Mentions

Ajou Deng (UCONN), Matthew Ryder (Barrister), Ugonna Onyekwe (University of Pennsylvania Graduate/Pro Basketball Player), Andrew Bailey (England/Professional Basketball Player), Emiko Etete (England/Professional Basketball Player), Spencer Wood (Masters Graduate Ivy League/ Successful Businessman), Mantia Callender (Professional Basketball Player), Dzaflo Larkai (Professional Basketball Player), Rasheed Quadri (La Salle University) Courtnay Griffiths QC (Joint founder member – New Era), Anne Simmonds. Journalist, Los Angeles Times (8 years Russian correspondent Time Magazine), Eugene Baah (Ivy League Graduate/Pro Basketball Player), Annette Hinds (Solicitor), Sophie Khan (Qualified Doctor), Rohan Smith Academic Scholarship UNC, Delia Jameson (Head Teacher), Basil Mohamed (Senior PE Teacher), Donna Henry (U.S. Graduate & Social Worker), Stedroy Baker (England International), Junior Williams (England International), Jason Smith (England International), Leo Thompson (England International), Shaun Gray (England International) Marvin Ambrosius (England International), Paul Ambrosius (Sen Social Worker & Coach), Paul Mundy-Castle (Head Teacher, GB International), Edmund Owusu (Senior Teacher), Sandra Grant (US Graduate, US High School Coach).

*The club sincerely apologise if we have missed anyone off the list, so please do contact us if we have.

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