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Sportsafe are the proud sponsor of University of Essex based, WBBL basketball franchise the Essex Rebels (formerly known as the Essex Blades).


The Essex Rebels are a Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL) franchise based at the Essex Sport Arena, University of Essex Colchester Campus. The Rebels entered the Basketball England National League for the 2015/16 season, winning the National Women’s Cup in their first year.

The Rebels enjoyed a passionate debut season in the WBBL in 2018/19, putting up a spirited fight against tough opposition across the country.

Essex Rebels Head Coach, Tom Sadler, is looking forward to building on their success over the 2019/20 season and strengthening their grip on the league.

The Rebels are no stranger to success.

During the 2017/18 season, the team recorded 20 victories and just one defeat on their way to the NBL Division 1 title, as well as booking another National Cup appearance, along with the Play-Off Final.

The team have also gained back-to-back promotions in BUCS and were the 2017/18 season’s BUCS Premier South winners with a 10-0 record in their first season at that level.

Sportsafe have been the proud sponsors of the Essex Rebels since 2015 and continue to support them to help achieve their long-term goals.

As the UK Home of Schelde, we are proud to offer the fantastic range to our customers, from portable basketball goals to fixed and all the bespoke extras, including backboard lighting. Want to look like a Rebel? Look no further than Sportsafe.

Follow the Essex Rebels success via their Twitter account: @EssexRebels



Date Opposition Result
27/09/19 Durham Palatinates (H) 66-78 (L)
29/09/19 City of Sheffield Hatters (A) 82-57 (L)
05/10/19 Durham Palatinates – CUP (A) 87-57 (L)
13/10/19 Durham Palatinates (H) 65-79 (L)
20/10/19 Leicester Riders (A) 65-81 (L)
27/10/19 Newcastle Eagles (A) 90-80 (L)
02/11/19 Sevenoaks Suns (H) 77-81 (L)
23/11/19 Nottingham Wildcats (H) 66-71 (L)
01/12/19 City of Sheffield Hatters (A) 58-68 (L)
15/12/19 Caledonia Pride (A) 51-74 (W)
21/12/19 Manchester Mystics (H) 59-81 (L)
04/01/20 Oaklands Wolves – CUP (A) 78-70 (L)
11/01/20 Cardiff Met Archers (H) 66-63 (W)
18/01/20 BA London Lions (A) 79-54 (W)
16/02/20 Durham Palatinates (A) 80-68 (L)
23/02/20 Sevenoaks Suns (A) 86-58 (L)
29/02/20 Newcastle Eagles (H) 68-70 (L)
08/03/20 Nottingham Wildcats (A) 70-65 (W)
22/03/20 City of Sheffield Hatters (H)
28/03/20 Manchester Mystics (A)
05/04/20 Oakland Wolves (H)
11/04/20 Cardiff Met Archers (A)
19/04/20 Caledonia Pride (H)

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