Ryan Richards

Ryan Richards

Club Director


Ryan Richards, a notable figure in British basketball, is recognised for his significant contributions to the sport, both on and off the court. As a former professional player, he brings a wealth of experience to his roles within the Kent Panthers Basketball Club, a club he co-founded.

Richards, who has had an impressive career, was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2010 NBA Draft. His professional journey has seen him play for various teams across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, providing him with a diverse range of experiences in different basketball cultures. This global exposure has undoubtedly enriched his understanding and approach to the sport.

In September 2018, Richards became a director of the Kent Panthers, taking a 33.3% ownership stake in the club. This move marked a significant transition from being a player to taking on a leadership role within the sport. The Kent Panthers were formed as an extension of the Maidstone Panthers, a club established in 2016 with the aim of being an inclusive, low-cost basketball club. The primary focus of the club under Richards’ leadership has been on introducing new players to the sport and developing these players into organized community teams that compete locally.

Moreover, under Richards’ direction, the Kent Panthers have shifted their focus towards developing elite talent, with plans to enter teams into junior national league competitions. Richards’ vision for the club is not just about fostering high-level basketball skills but also about using his extensive experience to mentor young athletes, helping them realise their potential and aspire to reach the highest levels of the sport.

Ryan Richards’ journey from a professional player to a key figure in British basketball, particularly through his work with the Kent Panthers, highlights his commitment to the sport and his desire to give back to the community. His efforts are instrumental in promoting basketball in the Kent region and in nurturing the next generation of basketball talent.

Contact Info

Phone : (+44) 7796716253
Email : info@kentpanthers.com