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Basketball Wales AGM 2017 - Agenda and Information
Jun 30, 2017, 4:41 pm

Pelfasged Cyf (Basketball Wales) AGM 2017 (Company Number 08273793) 

Sunday 16th July 2017, 2pm at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Cardiff and  

Plas Menai, Caernarfon (Via Video Link) 




1. Roll Call - Welcome 

2. Apologies for absence. 

3. Approval of Minutes of 2016 AGM - 


4. Matters arising

5. Presentation of Annual Report/s – (i.e. Directors' Reports - including: Competitions, Schools, Officiating, Coaching, Performance/National Teams, Mini Basketball, Women’s Basketball)

6. Presentation of Annual Accounts for the year ending 31 March 2017 

7. Brief Review of the Strategic Development Plan 2016 - 2019

8. Closure


Please note, all reports and previous minutes may not be read out. They are available on the BW website in the “downloads” section.  Limited copies of reports will be made available at the meeting, however members are advised to bring their own copies with them. 


Any member eligible to attend and vote at the above meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy. For more information regarding this process and to download the official proxy form please click on the follow link http://basketballwales.com/index.php?downloadreq=57914

Memo to Basketball Wales Affiliated Members - Proxy Voting at General Meetings
Jun 26, 2017, 9:14 pm

Memo to Basketball Wales Affiliated Members - Proxy Voting at General Meetings


During and following the Basketball Wales Annual General Meeting held at Caernarfon on 12 September 2015 several people raised their concerns regarding the misuse and rejection of a large number of incorrectly lodged proxy votes.   These concerns resulted in an Independent Review of the issue; the review was undertaken by TDE Associates with recommendations submitted in September 2016.


The commissioning of the review and its recommendations resulted in the following:


  1. The Articles of Association for Basketball Wales were updated, including those regarding proxy votes, the new Articles were then approved at the AGM held on 24 July 2016.


  1. The Bye Laws of Basketball Wales were then updated and recently approved by the Board.  These include additional passages regarding general meeting proxy voting. 


  1. Breaches of the Articles / Bye Laws will be dealt with by following the provisions of Basketball Wales’ Complaints Policy and Procedures and Codes of Conduct.


  1. Copies of the Articles of Association and Bye Laws may be found on the Basketball Wales website; meanwhile, the extracts regarding proxy voting are as follows:



Article 23 – Proxies:


23.1.     Proxies may only validly be appointed by a notice in writing (a “proxy notice”) which -


23.1.1. states the name and address of the Member appointing the proxy;


23.1.2. identifies the person appointed to be that Member’s proxy and the General Meeting in relation to which that person is appointed;


23.1.3. is signed by or on behalf of the Member appointing the proxy, or is authenticated in such manner as the Directors may determine;


23.1.4. is delivered to the Company in accordance with the Articles and any instructions contained in the notice of the General Meeting to which they relate.


23.2.     The Company may require proxy notices to be delivered in a particular form, and may specify different forms for different purposes, proxy notices must be received by the Company at least 48 hours before the start of the meeting to which the proxy refers.


23.3.     Proxy notices may specify how the proxy appointed under them is to vote (or that the proxy is to abstain from voting) on one or more resolutions.


23.4.     Unless a proxy notice indicates otherwise, it must be treated as –


23.4.1. allowing the person appointed under it as a proxy discretion as to how to vote on any ancillary or procedural resolutions put to the meeting, and


23.4.2. appointing that person as a proxy in relation to any adjournment of the General Meeting to which it relates as well as the meeting itself.


Bye Law 5 – General Meeting:


5.5.        Any Basketball Wales member entitled to vote at the AGM may appoint a Proxy in their absence.



5.6.        Proxy voting forms will be placed on the company website prior to any General Meeting, they will include detailed information and procedures relating to delivery and voting.


5.7.        A Basketball Wales Member attending an AGM (other than the chairman of the meeting) is only entitled to carry one (1) proxy vote


On behalf of the Board

Keith Mair

Independent Chair – Basketball Wales

26 June 2017

Save the Date - Basketball Wales AGM 2017 Sunday 16th July 2pm at Sport Wales National Centre and Deeside Leisure Centre
Jun 19, 2017, 10:27 pm

Basketball Wales is pleased to announce that the 2017 Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday 16th July 2017 at Sport Wales offices in Cardiff (CF11 9SW) and at Deeside Leisure Centre (CH5 1SA) via video link commencing at 2pm and finishing around 3:30pm.


Further information relating the meeting including documents will be updated and placed on the Basketball Wales website www.basketballwales.com in due course.


If anyone has any questions relating to the AGM please email gavin@basketballwales.com

Coach Bamfield holds court and reflects after the Celtic Clash
Jun 14, 2017, 8:20 pm

It was a difficult task for the Senior Men as they faced off with Ireland and Scotland in Edinburgh for Celtic Cup bragging rights.


It was truly a David and Goliath encounter, Ireland have recently appointed US Coach Pete Strickland and are aiming for FIBA Small countries glory in 2018. Meanwhile Scotland have been awarded £250,000 of funding by Sport Scotland to prepare for the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year.


So how did it go…?


Wales v Ireland

On Friday evening Scotland cruised to an 82-58 win over Ireland, our first opponents on Saturday afternoon.


It was clearly a nervy start for Wales as we failed to convert several good opportunities and Ireland punished us by taking a 10-point cushion. We fought back behind hot shooting from James Dawe but a sloppy 7-0 run before halftime gave Ireland a comfortable 18-point lead. We couldn’t generate the stops or scoring to claw back into the game and Ireland ran out winners 85-55.


Wales v Scotland

On Sunday, the young side attempted to regroup but faced a mammoth task against a Scotland side led by GB captain Kieron Achara. Despite this we started the game in a much more assertive fashion even taking a small lead 5-2…it would be short lived, as Scotland landed a barrage of threes. Despite continued good play Scotland led 28-17 after the first quarter. The game slipped away in similar fashion to Ireland with the hosts punishing sloppy play and pull out a 50-25 halftime advantage.

With the game out of sight, both coaches rotated their benches and Scotland ran out impressive victors 108-44.


We created an awful lot of open shots, but with many of the guys so hyped up we couldn’t knock them down. I take a lot of confidence in this group for the long term from how we responded in the first 15 minutes against Scotland. The players were much calmer and more professional pre-game, saving more of their physical and mental energy for the tip off. This showed their ability to learn from our experiences and make adjustments.


In that first period, we played some excellent offensive basketball but it was tough to be in Scotland’s gym where their players know the rims and the officials know the players. So, despite what I felt was a really strong performance we still found ourselves down 27-17. We held on nicely until 5 minutes into the second period when our own error led to a 5-point swing and we don’t yet have the mental skills to remain calm and focused and stick to our game plan.


As the wheels came off the performance levels did drop and the score got away from us in the second half. I would again take away the positives of the first 15 minutes and the knowledge that if we tighten up our rotations on defence and sustain the focus and confidence we brought during that period we will become a good international side.



Reflections from the Head Coach


Firstly, I want to thank the players for being committed to the National Team program in the build up to this tournament. They have helped secure a future for the senior men program with their commitment, hard work and willingness to grow. They have self-funded the program which has a £750 budget for the year and I am extremely proud of the team and program we have run.


These performances and results must be viewed as our first steps, our yardstick for where we are now. When you have seven players from the U23s making their international debut nerves were always going to be a factor, and despite feeling we had the talent level to compete with Ireland, anytime you dig yourselves a 10-point hole to start a game it’s always going to be tough. However, despite the result I intend to take away the positives as we move forward.


Jamie Rodwell after a tough start absolutely showed me that he is an international class player right now. Anytime you can record 16 points and 12 rebounds in a game you are doing well. James Dawe also knocked down some tough shots under pressure and is now also well established at international level.


Mathew Broderick was excellent versus GB level competition he had 6 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes on court, and at 19 years old and 6’9 he gives us another nice piece to build around. Gareth Williams was also impressive despite being undersized at the 4.  He is a real bull and had the ability to knock down shots so that gives us a solid frontline with Rodwell to build around. We also had flashes of good play from all three of our young PGs they all have areas of their game they need to work on and need to gain more experience but over the next 2 seasons I believe all 3 can develop into strong contributors. We also have Nico Pele Wilson and Asa Waite who as he gets more comfortable with what we are asking him to do is going to be a real handful for most teams.


On a personal level


This weekend was also useful from my personal perspective, I’ve been beating the drum that we need to play international tests so we can properly evaluate where we are now.


I must put my hands up and say that we weren’t prepared to the level I would have liked especially if this tournament is viewed as our competitive focus. I have seen some criticism on social media sites and I can understand, given the results, that we have to accept this but I would ask people to understand the upside to our squad in terms of its training age and the difference in resources between us and the programs in Scotland and Ireland.


I totally believe in this young group of men that they can compete and do something special for Welsh basketball but they needed more time on court together both on the practice floor and in warm up games. Within the squad I think we have a good understanding that this was our first step and we will now meet as a group and come up with some goals and evaluate how we try to get to the performance level we want to be at over the coming year. We have a camp planned for next month and we are in the process of finalising a trip to play another FIBA Small Countries team which should give us a chance to grow on the road and hopefully be more competitive.


Finally, I want to thank our hosts at Basketball Scotland who were fantastic throughout and very generous in their support of our involvement also Basketball Ireland for sending their squad to the tournament. We met some very nice people and we hope the Celtic Clash can be a regular fixture in the calendar.


If any companies or individuals would like to support the Senior Men National program please email walthom3@aol.com


British Basketball and two Home Country Associations secure a four-year partnership with iPro Sport
Jun 6, 2017, 9:45 pm

British Basketball, Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales Announce Partnership with Sports Hydration Experts iPro Sport


In a first of its kind commercial relationship for basketball in Britain, three of the sports National Governing Bodies have pooled their efforts and secured a new hydration and sports drink partnership with iPro Sport.


British Basketball, Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales have come together to team up with one of the most innovative suppliers of hydration products to help improve athlete and team performance.


iPro Sport has been chosen as the Preferred Hydration Drinks Partner to all three basketball organisations and their elite players.


The partnership will be underpinned by product support, gifting of equipment and resources together with hydration and nutritional messaging targeted at grassroots development through to podium competition within each of the three partnering basketball communities in the UK.


British Basketball Chief Executive, Lisa Wainwright, commented;


“We are delighted to welcome iPro Sport to our family of commercial partners. They are such an innovative company, who have sport and athletes at the heart of what they do. It is a ground-breaking relationship for basketball, as it’s the first time the BBF along with multiple Home Country Associations have pooled our efforts and commercial properties. It is a tangible example of the closer working relationship across basketball in Britain, being driven by our Transforming Basketball in Britain strategy.”


Already the preferred hydration drink of countless professional clubs, sporting organisations and international athletes, club nutritionists and sports performance coaches from across the globe are offering testimony to iPro Sport's ability to deliver great hydration and aid recovery. iPro Sport stands out from its competitors with its naturally sweetened hydrating isotonic drink that contains absolutely no artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners.


“We feel that this collaborative partnership agreement with British Basketball, Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales really demonstrates the commercial growth of the sport in the UK. We look forward to playing our role in the future development of the sport and further cementing our long term commitment to Basketball worldwide.” said Sophie Christy, Commercial Director at iPro Sport.


Barry Lang, Head of Basketball at basketballscotland added;


“basketballscotland are delighted to welcome iPro Sport as a key partner for SBC Finals events and Scotland National Teams for the next four years. This four year partnership will provide Scotland’s top athletes with the hydration they require during competition and we are excited about the opportunity to work with iPro Sport who already have an excellent reputation within the sports hydration industry across the UK.” 


Gavin Williams, CEO of Basketball Wales added;


"Basketball Wales are pleased to announce iPro Sport as a new commercial partner and the preferred Hydration drink for all our National Team athletes. Basketball Wales looks forward to working with iPro Sport for the next four years which will benefit our athletes at all our major annual events and national team training sessions."