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In 1980 Callum Kennedy returned to Hinchingbrooke to teach PE. An ex-UAU basketball player at Manchester and Loughborough Universities, Callum rekindled interest in the sport at Hinchingbrooke in both pupils and staff.

With support from several key members of staff, Basketball began to flourish in the school and, to challenge the older boys, a staff basketball team took to the courts on a regular basis.

Success in fixtures against the Sixth form teams saw Hinchingbrooke staff seeking fixtures against other local school staff. 'Lost' skills were rediscovered by a number of the staff who had enjoyed the game in the earlier years and the staff team went from strength to strength.

At the end of the 1980/81 season, the hard core of regular players ( Kennedy, Fowler, Whiteside, Findlay, Barnard, Pope and Coleman ) felt the need to play on a more regular basis and a decision was taken to enter the local Cambs league in the following season.

The team found this an enjoyable and demanding experience and met with mixed success. There were a number of victories over the local sides, including both RAF Brampton and Wyton, and in between some thumping defeats most notably at the hands of USAF Lakenheath, the US Forces European Champions, by 147 to 41 [The highest number of points conceded and largest margin of loss by a Hinchingbrooke team].

The following season, 1982/83, a number of older 6th form pupils were integrated into the team as staff legs needed support in coping with the increased number of fixtures. This was the beginning of a more structured and organised club - coincidentally the time that Channel 4 was showing Monday night games - and combined with a higher sporting profile Basketball gained in popularity.

By the start of the 83/84 season, only Trevor Fowler remained from the original staff side as a number of parents and pupils filled the vacant roster spots. It was during this season that the club was integrated into the Parent Teacher Association and adopted the name of Hinchingbrooke Sports Association Basketball Team.

The next era was driven mainly by Steve's Bremner and Wyatt.

The start of the 1991/92 season saw the arrival of John Nunnington, a Leicester Polytechnic graduate, and Chris Rawlings, and the start of a hand-over of training methods. Looking back this was an unsettled period because some of the members had become used to "a more gentle form of training" and the club suffered some turnover.

1992/93 saw the addition of Chris Evans, and together with Chris Banks and Graham Bremner, Hinchingbrooke went to 6-1 in Cambs II before Ron Mangum and Derick Nelson joined the club. Both Ron and Derick were from the local RAF Alconbury base and extremely good players who both went on the average over 25 points per game. Hinchingbrooke finished 8-1, losing only to St Neots on a floor apparently dusted with flour 30 minutes before tip-off. 1992/93 also saw the start of recorded statistics while John Nunnington fulfilled the role of club secretary.

Anglian Water sponsored the purchase of a club kit that year and the AW logo was cleverly incorporated into the HAWKS logo on the front of the vests.

St Neots were red-hot favourites for the Cambs Division I title in 93/94 until they visited Hinchingbrooke on the 9th December 1993 and were handed an 87-86 defeat [Derick and Ron top scored with 31 and 29 respectively ]

2000 saw the end of the involvement with the HSA as the facilities were handed over to LeisuRealm for management.

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