The Manchester YMCA Mavericks was officially formed in October 1992, at the Manchester YMCA, thanks to Paul Breslin, a YMCA staff member and basketball stalwart.
The team consisted of players who were all new to the game of wheelchair basketball, apart from Josie Cichockyj who had played both National and International basketball.
Although, the odds were against the team to succeed, with no basketballs, no kit, wheelchairs or financial support, the team battled to lay the foundation of a successful club.
The team have played all over the country and in 2004 competed in the 25th Spitfire Challenge, enjoying a week of intense basketball and played the Trinidad and Tobago National Team (and we Won)
For over 20 years the club base was YMCA Manchester/The Castlefield Hotel, in 2016 the club moved to the National Basketball Performance Centre in Belle Vue.
In the clubs lifetime there has been an Under 15 and a Under 19 team in the National junior league, a woman’s team in Division 2. We also have had two Senior team’s, in the National League Division 1 North and in National League Division 2 North.
Since the sad loss of our founding member/Coach and Friend Josie in 2014, the club has gone through many challenges and is collaboratively working with other clubs with the NW Junior programme.
Here are some of our successes.
- GBWBA National Development League Champions
- GBWBA National League Division 3 Champions
- Leicester Fast Break Champions
- Keighley Festival Champions
- Yorkshire Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Champions
- Fair Play Award Winners, National Junior Championships
- GBWBA Division 3 Winners
- GBWBA Womens League Division 2 Champions
- Lord Taverners National Junior Champions 2011/2015 (NW)
Mavericks players who have represented Great Britain:
- Josie Cichockyj, Great BritainAthletics and Basketball Team, Captain for 3 years
- Joanna Davies, Great Britain Basketball Team
- Patrick Bailey, Great Britain Athletics Team and Ice Hockey Team
- Dean Cavanagh, Great Britain, Athletics and Ice Hockey Team
- Anthony Booth, Great Britain, Track Team
- Andy Gore, Great Britain Track Team
- Mike Pike Great Britain Track Team
- Derek Roche, Great Britain, Badminton Team
- Shelley Woods, Great Britain Athletics Team
- Laurie Williams, Great Britain, Basketball Team
- Jordanna Bartlett, Great Britain, Basketball Team
- Nat Craig, Great Britain U23’s Wheelchair Basketball Team
- Gregg Warburton, Basketball Team
- Nathan Maguire, Great Britain Athletics Team
In 2018 Mavericks joined the Manchester Giants professional basketball club and will be known as the Manchester Giants Mavericks from 2019/20 season. This partnership will allow the club to further develop wheelchair basketball in Greater Manchester.