Cape Town Sharks set sights on dominating African basketball scene

Cape Town Sharks Basketball Club at the Gugulethu sports complex earlier this year.

Cape Town Sharks Basketball Club have transformed into a powerhouse boasting several teams in 2023 after starting with a single team last year.

They now also have under-16, under-18, Men’s Development, Men’s One, Super League Ladies and Super League Men’s teams.

With the addition of eight coaches and a revamped administrative structure, the Kuils River club has found a winning formula that extends from the grassroots to the professional levels.

They have about 140 players from across the city.

Cape Town Sharks owner and sports director Relton Booysen, said they are more than a basketball club; they’re a family built on values of discipline, respect, commitment and excellence.

This strong team culture, carefully cultivated by prioritising players’ growth on and off the court, serves as the backbone of their success.

“Two of our junior coaches, Lyle Davids and Adriaan Hermanus are running youth programmes in Bellville South, a community facing challenges. Through basketball, we aim to provide an alternative for kids, steering them away from negative influences,” said Booysen.

However, growth comes with its own set of challenges including the logistical hurdles of a dispersed player base and the financial strain of travel.

Yet, these challenges pale in comparison to the potential benefits.

The Sharks are in talks to buy a franchise in the prestigious Basketball National League (BNL).

“Beyond the direct benefits for the organisation, this opportunity would afford young players the chance to elevate their competition to a higher level. Furthermore, the exposure of playing on national TV creates new avenues for sponsorship, fostering growth for the club. This visibility not only attracts youth from various backgrounds but also contributes to the overall expansion and success of the Cape Town Sharks,” he said.

The Sharks have their sights set on building an indoor facility for year-round training and games.

“Our long-term plan is to establish the Cape Town Sharks as one of the best clubs in Africa. We aspire to build our own indoor facility for year-round training and game hosting, coupled with a focus on enhancing basic life skills and youth development alongside basketball,” said Booysen.

Cape Town Sharks Basketball Club seniors.
Cape Town Sharks juniors.
The first NBA player in history to reach 1000 three-pointers, Dale Ellis with Cape Town Sharks owner and sports director Relton Booysen.
Cape Town Basketball Club’s girls team.