Brixton Topcats club was officially formed in 1985, 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. The club was founded and led by the late Jimmy Rogers who is recognised as a community leader and respected globally in basketball circles including the NBA and Basketball England.
The club’s original mission and aims written by Jimmy Rogers and Courtney Griffiths stand to this day:
‘to advance the education of young people resident in Brixton and surrounding areas by providing programmes for physical recreation in order to develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacity, that they may grow to full maturity as individuals, and as members of society, and that their lives may be improved both on the court and in the wider areas of life’
‘The club aims to motivate young people through the sport of basketball, believing, that such participation, will have a casual effect on young people's self-perception and self-confidence, and that it will operate to alleviate some of the frustration of life in a somewhat depressed and deprived environment. It’s philosophy is, "Winning is an attitude - it is not about winning a game of basketball, but winning the game of life - saying yes to the positives and no to the negatives.”
We are proud to continue Jimmy’s Legacy via South London Topcats Community Interest Company (CIC) aka Brixton Topcats Basketball Club to ensure that the club has governance, policies and procedures in place to protect the interest of Lambeth and the wider community’s young people, putting safeguarding, basketball, education and life progression for young people at the heart of everything we do.
The club’s board is chaired by Paul Ambrosius, one of Jimmy’s oldest friends along with former professional alumni of the club.
Chair: Paul Ambrosius (Director)
Vice Chair: Ruth Smith (Director), Interim General Manager
Directors: Richard Thomas (Carlos); Delia Jameson
Non Exec Directors: Leo Thompson, Marvin Ambrosius, Arek Deng, Justin Robinson,
Company Name: South London Topcats Community Interest Company
Companies House Reg: 11925831
Registered Address: 3Space, International House, Canterbury Crescent, London SW9 7QE
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Our club are proud of the people that members of the Topcats family have grown into, with many going on to find success both on and off the basketball court. The club’s alumni include several professional basketballers, top lawyers, international performers, a TV presenter, academics, directors, entrepenurs and musicians. All of our alumni have benefited from the lessons of hard-work, discipline, mental and physical strength that Jimmy passed down.
The club is particularly notable for its highly-rated development programme, which has produced some of the most successful professional players in the history of British basketball including: Luol Deng, Ronnie Baker, Stedroy Baker, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Justin Robinson, Andrea Congreaves, Andrew Bailey, Ajou Deng, Eric Boateng, Matthew Ryder, Junior Williams, Ugonna Onyekwe, Ogo Adegboye, Emiko Etete, Iyona Patsy-Fearon, Leo Rogers, … the list goes on (apologies to those not mentioned of equal importance).
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, and Dr Cllr Jacqui Dyer.
Jimmy was a regular attendee of the NCAA Final Four and it was here that he met a young Michael Jordan, then a shooting guard for the University of North Carolina. Always on the lookout for ways to inspire the young people of Brixton, Jimmy was able to secure a promise from Jordan that if he ever made it to London he would pay Topcats a visit. This promise was fulfilled following Jordan’s rookie of the year campaign in the NBA and provided a foundation stone for the visits of several NBA stars in the years to come – each one providing further inspiration for a new generation of young people.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Luol Deng Foundaton for financial support and guidance and Foot Locker B.V for support in digital marketing, projects and merchandise. This website is powered by Foot Locker.
We thank our continued partners, Lambeth Council and GLL who continue to support the club both in terms of subsidised court hire and office space.
We are proud to be working in collaboration with Lambeth Basketball organisations ie Lambeth Council, Greenhouse, Black Prince Trust, The Regal and Lambeth schools to ensure that interests of children and young people across Lambeth and wider areas are supported through partnership opportunities to provide harmonious non divided support across the borough.
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