Club under new ownership in landmark deal for Raiders

Plymouth Raiders Basketball Club has today announced it is under the stewardship of new directors in a landmark deal which sees the club’s assets, naming rights and BBL Franchise transferred to new owners; Ross Mackenzie and Richard Mollard.

For the last 10 years, Plymouth Raiders has been owned and run by Bob Widdecombe; the Club, and new owners, would like to extend their sincere thanks to Bob and his wife Pat Widdecombe for the all their hard work and dedication during their tenure.

The transfer of ownership to Mackenzie and Mollard, for an undisclosed sum, ushers in a new era for Plymouth Raiders which will build on strong emotional and familial ties with the club where both were former players. Mackenzie, Managing Director of locally based courier firm CourierForce, and Mollard, who operates his own Project & Programme Management Consultancy, have a wealth of business and basketball experience to bring to the Club, and are very much looking forward to the challenge.

“I am extremely proud and honoured to be able to become one of the next custodians of this great club,” said new owner Richard Mollard, “Ross and I both have long associations with the club, and we felt the time was right to get involved, to build on what has come before and take things to the next level.

“For me personally it is a dream come true to have the opportunity to help continue to grow a club my father – Keith Mollard – helped found and then ran for over 20 years; I just hope we can do him, the club we’ve loved and followed since childhood, and the fans, the justice they deserve.”

Ross Mackenzie added: “There are some areas of the business we will look to improve as a priority, and we will focus immediately on the areas that will release the huge potential within the club to improve our on-court performances. Our goal is to provide stability across the entire club, from great team performances on game night, to building stronger relationships with the fans and sponsors who generously and passionately support the club.

“Ultimately our success will be judged by bringing silverware back to the city, and we hope that the stability we will strive to bring to the club in the coming seasons will provide the perfect platform to make that happen. It’s going to take time and a lot of hard work, but we are fans first and foremost, we’re doing this for them and we can’t wait to get back to the Pavilions in September and get to work.”

Mollard concluded: “It’s also very important at this time that we publicly thank Bob and Pat Widdecombe for their total support during this transition and their absolute dedication to the club over the years.”

Now the transfer to new owners is complete the club’s focus now returns to the appointment of a new Head Coach, who in turn will lead the recruitment of players for the 2017/18 season and beyond. Mollard and Mackenzie have already held discussions with a number of exceptional candidates for the position and hope to be in a position to make a formal contract offer by the end of the month.

Raiders’ fans will be able to see the team back in action in early September, and to reward fans’ loyalty the Club will be extending the early bird season ticket prices until the end of July.

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