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Basketball Wales looks to the future as they appoint new Chair
Feb 19, 2017, 12:43 pm

Basketball Wales is delighted to announce that former Basketball England CEO, Mr. Keith Mair has been appointed as their new Independent Chair.


When asked about his new role, Keith replied:


"It's a privilege to have been invited to fill the position of Independent Chair for Basketball Wales and to have the opportunity to work with an excellent Board of Directors as we endeavour to grow and raise the profile of the sport. Basketball is the second most popular team sport in the world and we face significant challenges to raise it to a similar position throughout Wales by providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate."     


Keith brings with him a wealth of experience both from the world of basketball and business. Back in his native New Zealand, he coached basketball for some 32 years, 21 years of which were with national teams, including 13 as Head Coach of the Tall Blacks culminating in an appearance at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.


He will be working with the rest of the Board of Directors to ensure that the national teams, from under 12s to the senior sides, continue to access the best coaching and training possible as they prepare to compete at the highest level both in Europe and against the other home nations.


Also, as this popular game grows in Wales, the board will be looking to improve access to basketball for all, growing participation in the sport from complete beginners to seasoned players. As well as supporting the development of coaches, referees and table officials.

Basketball Wales National Team Vacancy - U15 Men Head Coach
Feb 10, 2017, 2:55 pm


Applications are invited for the role of Head Coach for the Wales U15 Men’s National Team

The position is voluntary and is for an 18 month period through to the conclusion of their respective FIBA European Division C Championships in the summer of 2018

Applicants should forward the completed application form together with a covering letter and brief CV by email to cameron@basketballwales.com by Friday 24th February 2017.

Interviews will be held week commencing 6th March, in Cardiff, or via conference call / Skype unless otherwise notified.


Application form can be downloaded here

Job Description and Person Spec can be downloaded here


FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate 2017-19
Feb 10, 2017, 2:04 pm


FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate 2017 – 2019 invitation to apply


The curriculum for the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate has been developed by some of the best known coaching experts in youth basketball. The mentor of this programme is Svetislav Pesic, widely recognised as one of the most successful basketball coaches in Europe and the world. Along with Pesic, the other lecturers who will teach as part of the FECC are: Janez Drvaric Sports Director of Olimpija Ljubljana Youth Teams; Henrik Dettmann – Finnish national team head coach; Nihat Izic – Turkish national team assistant coach;  Lucien Legrand – Technical Director of France’s INSEP (Institute National du Sport et de l'Education Physique); Pablo Laso – Real Madrid (Spain) head coach.


The clinics are always organised in conjunction with the European Youth Championships with an examination as part of the final element. The first clinic will take place in August 2017 at the U16 European Championship Men Division A. The second clinic is scheduled for the summer of 2018 at the venue for the U18 European Championship Men Division A with the third and final clinic taking place in the summer of 2019 at the venue for the U20 European Championship Men Division A. The clinics will be held during the last 7 days (plus two travel days) of each tournament. Sundays and Mondays are planned as travelling days.


Participant conditions and criteria for selection:


Nominees must be a currently affiliated coach of Basketball Wales and be actively coaching young players. In addition, nominees must be totally committed to attending and completing all elements of the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate.


  • Hold a UK Passport
  • Be coaching within the Performance Pathway and or National Teams
  • Hold a Level 3 Qualification (desirable)


The participant will have to sign a heads of agreemnet with Basketball Wales on the role they will have to play in sharing the information when they come back from the course.


To receive the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate each participant must:

  • attend all three clinics in full
  • complete 2 written papers
  • pass a practical examination
  • pass the oral examination
  • pass the final written exam


Candidates will need to cover all transportation and accommodation expenses themselves.  However, Basketball Wales will reimburse agreed costs (TBC) on completion of their FECC Ceritificate. There is no coach tuition fee for the FECC.


Application process:

Nominations are invited from all sections of the basketball community. All nominees should forward a completed CV and accompanying letter detailing how the FECC fits within the applicants’ personal development and future coaching plan to Cameron Seeley, via email to: cameron@basketballwales.com no later than 15th February 2017. The selection process is to be completed by FIBA at the end of March 2017.


Anti Doping Update - January 2017
Jan 4, 2017, 11:21 pm

Updated Jan 2017


The WADA 2017 prohibited list is now available. The list will come into effect on the 1st of January 2017. There are some slight changes to note in relation to Beta-2-Agonists used in the treatment of asthma. 


The full updated list can be downloaded by clicking on the following link



And a summary is available via this link



Further information is also available on the FIBA website 



Basketball Wales condemns, and is totally opposed to, the use of performance enhancing drugs and doping practices in the sport of basketball and fully supports the position of the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), UK Anti-Doping and FIBA against the use of banned substances and methods.

An Anti-Doping rule violation shall be considered a breach of the Basketball Wales Code of Ethics and Conduct and of the UK Anti-Doping Rules.
The use, possession and/or trafficking of banned substances, methods or the encouragement or counselling to use banned substances, or methods; and/or taking measures to mask the use of banned substances or methods by a participant in tournaments, competitions, events or fixtures over which Basketball Wales has jurisdiction is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

British Basketball Federation and British Basketball League Agree Heads of Terms for 10 Year Men’s League License
Nov 30, 2016, 1:28 pm


British Basketball Federation and British Basketball League Agree Heads of Terms for 10 Year Men’s League License
The British Basketball Federation (BBF) and the British Basketball League (BBL) have agreed the Heads of Terms for a new 10 year License for the BBL to continue to run the top professional men’s basketball league in Great Britain, at the expiry of the current License in summer 2017.
The agreement comes after months of discussions between the new FIBA approved Governing Body for basketball, the BBF, and the top British basketball Clubs, and heralds a turning point in the way the professional game in Great Britain will be managed and developed.
The new Terms will require new performance standards to be set for Clubs in the BBL, and a commitment to an improvement in those standards, with active monitoring by both the BBL and by the BBF. Those performance standards will include matters on and off the court, and will include playing venues, seating capacities, coaching standards, player remuneration and welfare, and promotion and administration standards.
Work on the detailed terms for the License will now proceed apace with completion in the first quarter of 2017, so that the License is fully implemented before the current License expires.
The Heads of Terms for the 10 year license was approved by the BBF Board on 25 November and by the BBL Board on 29 November.
For the BBF, Interim Chairman Bill McInnes OBE said, “We are delighted to reach this agreement with the BBL, and look forward to working with them to finalise a License which will improve the professionalism and standards of the men’s Clubs’ game in a clear and systematic way, with the whole of the sport united around a number of common objectives. Those objectives, which support the strategy developed for basketball in Britain earlier this year, include improving the commercialism and marketability of the club game, but also the opportunities for young British players, with a positive impact on the Great Britain teams.
“There is still work to be done to get all the detail agreed but we have been pleased with the approach of the top Clubs to working together to drive the sport forward.”
For the BBL, Chairman Sir Rodney Walker said, “This is an important milestone for the sport of basketball, and we are delighted with the progress so far to get a long term License in place. We have already seen some important commercial developments in the men’s professional game with the recent media deals with the BBC and the Perform Group, in addition to existing and extended commercial partnerships with Molten, Kappa, Genius Sports, Synergy and Tickets.com.”
“The certainty these arrangements will provide, and the commitment of all parties to work together to drive up standards and the professionalism of the sport, can only be good for basketball. But this is the start of the journey and there remains much work to be done.”
The British Basketball Federation was formed following Great Britain’s participation in the London Olympics 2012.  A requirement of FIBA, the world governing body for the sport, was that GB Basketball’s participation in the Olympics, under home country status, was under a single GB team and thus a single federation as opposed to the prior arrangements that saw Basketball England, Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales oversee the sport in their own countries.  The BBF officially took oversight and responsibility for basketball in Great Britain in October 2016 following a transitional period.
The BBF Board consists of home country representatives, independent directors and appointed directors, some of which have been recruited to oversee the transitional period.  The current interim chair of the BBF Board is Bill McInnes, OBE, who has a long history and experience in basketball in Great Britain.