Bucks Hornets was formed in 2008 with one team of U14 boys from Aylesbury, Milton Keynes and the surrounding area, with the aim of producing elite basketball players and a successful Junior  National League club. In their rookie season the team went on to win the South II Region and  reach the final Elite 8 in the National Playoffs.

This season 2016-17 we celebrate 10 years of great basketball, watch our video.

2016-17 season the club has 7 teams:

BYBL local league – U12 boys, U12-U14 girls,

National League – U14 boys, U14 girls, U16 boys, U16 girls, U18 men

Hornets players come from: Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Gerrards Cross, Amersham, Thame, Oxford, Watford, Buckingham, London,  Slough, High Wycombe, Berkhamsted, Luton, Tring …

South Region: Hornets are very proud that many of their players have been selected to play and represent the South Region of England at under 13, 15 & 17 age groups, with many others also being part of England Basketball Performance Pathway (APC) development squads.  Well done to all!

South West Region APC (2008-10): Up until 2010 and the formation of the South APC, selected Hornets players attended the South West APC in Cirencester.  This APC differed to the current APCs in providing valuable opportunities for the players to participate in overseas tournaments in Europe.  This gave players the opportunity not only to play tournament basketball in a foreign country(such as Sweden) but also to experience the European style of basketball.

England Training Squads & Representation: We are very proud to have had many players who have been invited to be part of the National Training Squads at U15, U16 and U18.

We are especially proud of Mo Soluade in representing England at U15, U16 and U18, and becoming one of the top players in Europe.

Connor Stuart who has represented England at U18.

Ciara Belsham England U16 and U18.


Coaching Bio:

Coach McCarthy
I began playing basketball at the relatively late age of 16, being 6’8 it was a natural move from the traditional game of football. I was lucky enough to be picked up by the London Towers Juniors and played for the legendary Joe White who was arguably the greatest coach of all time to come out of the UK be fore his early passing. His ethos of building confidence, hard work ethics and discipline sticks with me to this day. From here I went on to play professionally in Portugal and Turkey, finishing in the UK where I won National Championships. Playing at such a level means I have forged life long global links in the game of basketball and more importantly also had the pleasure of meeting Coach Joe Manley.

Myself and Joe Manley came up with the idea of setting up the Hornets in 2008 to provide realistic opportunities for the kids in Buckinghamshire and surrounding areas to fulfil their dreams and maybe one day play professional basketball themselves, either in Europe, the USA or in the UK. Our motto, to produce elite performers on and off the basketball court. We were not content with just producing basketball players. For us its also about producing well rounded individuals who can use the core attributes required to succeed in basketball to also succeed in life.

I am an EB Level 3 advanced coach and also an approved EB and UKCC Basketball Coach Tutor. I founded the club in 2008 with Joe Manley and have been coaching here since with multiple National League Conference Championships. My coaching experience also extends to National Schools Finals and a 3rd place finish as South Region Head Coach.

Beyond that I am also responsible for the founding the Bucks Schools County Cup, the Bucks Junior Basketball League and a prominent member on the Bucks Basketball Association Committee.


Club Mark

England Basketball 3 Star Club Mark Award was awarded in June 2010.


Click on the underlined links for pictures


East conference runners up
Last 16 playoffs
East conference champions
Last 16 playoffs


U13 Boys

South conference runners up
Last 16 playoffs
4th place conference
Regional Representation 2014
U13 boys (2001)
Bradley West, Miles Devereux, Juan Kunakah, James Tunney
U15 boys (1999)
Callum Bradley
U17 boys (1997)
Andrew Forsyth


U13 Boys: Midlands South 4th Place, National Playoffs Last 16.

U15 Boys: South III Runners-up, National Playoffs Last 16.

U18 Men: East Winners, National PLayoffs Last 16

Senior Men/U18 : Champions Herts Premier League (Div 2), Herts Prier League (Div 2) Playoff Champions.

U16 Girls: Midlands South West.

U18 Ladies: Midlands South West 5th Place, National Playoffs Last 16.

Regional Representation

U13 Boys (1999): Callum Bradley

U15 Boys (1997): Seehab Ahmed, Luke Townsend, Joe Tunney (1999)

U17 Boys (1995): Matt Sharpe, Liam Stewart, Joe Shaw, Toby Osubu and Sammy Egedi.

U13 Girls (1999): Molly Parker, Robyn Ainge (East)

U15 Girls (1997): Orie Amadi, Molly Hitchcock, Eryn Morton, Lois Kelly

U17 Girls (1995): Orie Amadi (1997), Buchi Obiamago

National Representation: Joe Tunney (U14 Boys)


U13 Boys: Midlands South – 4th Place. 1st Round National Playoffs (loosing to Playoff Winners NASSA)

U14 Boys: South I – 4th Place.

U16 Boys: South Premiership – 5th Place.

U18 Men: (Development Year) East Conference – 4th Place.

                        Sureshot Cup – Last 16

U14 Girls: Midlands – 6th Place.

U16 Girls: Midlands – 3rd Place.  1st Round (Last 16)- National Playoffs.

Regional Representation:

South U13 Boys (1998) – Aston Linney (L), Even Walshe (C), Joe Tunney (1999) (R). (Overall 7th Place in competition)

South U15 Boys (1996) – Tristen Devereax, Joe Warren, Ash Firmin, Arundeep Cheema, Jake Georgiou, Luke Townsend (1996). (Overall 3rd place in the competition)

South U17 Boys (1994) – Jack Coates, Connor Stuart, Kolby Pistak, Joe Shaw (1995), (Tobi Osobu (1995), Liam Stewart(1995) – Reserves) (Overall 3rd place, losing narrowly to the eventual winners in the semis)

South U13 Girls (1998) – Eryn Morton, Molly Hitchcock.

South U15 Girls (1996) – Ely Hienrich, Orie Amadi (1997), Sarah Baughan (1997), Poppy Jenner

South U17 Girls (1994) – Poppy Jenner (1996)

National Representation: Connor Stuart (U18 Boys – April – July 12)

Player Development: Mo Soluade (1995) signs for Unicaja Malaga – One of Spains top professional teams  – see  Mo was also picked for The U18 England Team with Connor for the tournaments in 2012.


U13 Boys: South II – Winners. National Playoffs – Last 16.

U14 Boys: South III – 4th place. National Playoffs – Last 24

U15 Boys: South II – Runners-up. National Playoffs – Last 16

U16 Boys: Southern Premiership 4th Place. National Playoffs – Last 16

Sureshot Cup – Final 8

U14 Girls: Midlands South – 3rd place. national Playoffs – Last 16

U16 Girls: Midlands – 8th place

Regional Representation:

South U13 Boys (1997) – Tom Sharpe (6), Luke Townsend (8), Tom Edwards (12)

South U15 Boys (1995) – Mo Soluade (14), Chris Owen (11), Joe Shaw (5), Cam Thomas (6)

South U17 Boys (1993) – Connor Stewart (1994)

South U13 Girls (1997) – Eryn Morton (1998), Emma Bush, Sarah Baughan, Millie Barrow, Oriel Amadi, Molly Hitchcock (1998)

South U15 Girls (1997) – TBC

National Representation: Mo Soluade (England U16 Boys)


U14 Boys: South II – Runners Up.  National Playoffs – Last 16.

U15 Boys: South II – Winners.  National Playoffs – Final Elite 8.

Sureshot Cup U16 – Last 16

NBA Adidas London O2 Arena – Winners

U14 Girls: Midlands – 3rd Place.

Regional Representation:

South 13 Boys (1996) – Tristen Devereax, George Emma, Ash Firmin, Saif Jarral, Joe Warren, James Bowers

South 13 Girls (1996) – TBC (but most of the Hornets U14 squad!)

National Representation: Mo Soluade (England U15 and U16 Boys (number 4 in picture)


U14 Boys: South II – Winners.  National Playoffs – Final Elite 8

Regional Representation:

South U13 Boys (1995) – Mo Soluade, Matt Sharpe, Chris Owen, Cam Thomas, Durell Charles, Joe Shaw, Sam Egedi