Caledonia Gladiators are savouring “a milestone moment” as they prepare for their first foray into European competition after being admitted to the Basketball Champions League.
The ambitious Scottish club will enter at the qualifying round stage in late September, with the draw taking place next week.
Admission to the Champions League represents one of the biggest developments for the Gladiators, who were rebranded after owners Steve and Alison Timoney purchased Glasgow Rocks last August.
With a new home arena in the pipeline, Gladiators will bring European basketball to Scotland for the first time since Livingston competed in FIBA’s European Champions Cup in the 1989-90 season.
“The Caledonia Gladiators’ inclusion in the Basketball Champions League is a milestone moment for our organisation,” said chief executive Tony McDaid. “It reflects our commitment to excellence and commitment to playing at the highest possible level in Europe.”
The Glasgow-based club are now intent on establishing themselves in Europe.
“Securing our spot in the Basketball Champions League is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our team,” said general manager Sean Skelly.
“We’ve fought relentlessly to earn this opportunity, and now we intend to become a regular feature in Europe over the coming years.”