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Basketball and netball
The origins of basketball are to be found in the United States in the late 19th century. The sport was invented in 1891 by the Canadian Dr James Naismith, an instructor at the YMCA training school in Springfield, Massachusetts. Over the following century, basketball developed into a mass spectator sport that was broadcasted into homes worldwide.
Netball is derived from basketball and is usually considered to be a women’s sport. Indeed, based on basketball, the rules were changed particularly because of the restricted movement caused by women’s outfits at the turn of the 20th century.
Netball has been played as a girls’ sport in secondary schools throughout Wales for many years. However, in recent years, women’s basketball has also increased in popularity. One of the causes and result of the sport’s popularity is the success of the Rhondda Rebels, a women’s basketball based in Tylorstown.
The Rebels entered the National Basketball League as the Treorchy team in 1989 and were promoted to Division 1 at the end of the season. In 2000 they lifted both the Cadet Women’s Cup and League and the National Women’s Cup. Their success continued into the following season, securing a treble by winning the National Women’s Cup, their first League title and the Championship. The Rebels also won the Women’s Cup in 2003 and 2004, the League in 2004 and the Championship in 2005.
Such was the success of the club that it signed a sponsorship deal with Coca Cola in 2005.