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British basketball confirm coaching and management teams for GB National youth squads
May 16, 2017, 8:25 am

British Basketball announce the coaching and management staff for the GB national youth squads for the FIBA European Championships 2017

 

British Basketball is pleased to announce the confirmation of all coaching and team management roles for the GB National Youth Squads, ahead of the various FIBA European Championships 2017.

 

With 2017 being the first year that Under 16 and Under 18 teams will be competing as Great Britain, rather than the Home Countries, there is great excitement within the basketball community for opportunities facing the squads.

 

British Basketball Chief Executive, Lisa Wainwright, commented “We are delighted to name such strong coaching and management teams to all of the GB National Youth Squads. Using the experience and talent within the Home Countries, we’ve been able to appoint high quality coaches and excellent team support personnel to all squads. Flying the flag for GB for the first time for the younger age groups adds a new dimension for the coaches, management and players. Thanks to all the Home Countries for their assistance in appointing the staff and Basketball England for managing the Under 16 and Under 18 squads. Another example of collaborative working being driven by our Transforming Basketball in Britain strategy.”

 

A full list of all staff is listed below:

 

GB Under 20 Men

Name                        Position

Andreas Kapoulas      Head Coach

Lloyd Gardner            Assistant Coach

Josh Merrington         Assistant Coach

Mark Lloyd                Team Manager

Mark Dayson             Physio

Ross Knevett            Sports Therapist

 

GB Under 20 Women

Name                         Position

Jose Buceta                Head Coach

Chris Bunten                Assistant Coach

Rachael Vanderwal       Assistant Coach

Beverley Kettlety         Team Manager

Darren Finnegan           Physio

 

GB Under 18 Men

Name                         Position

Alan Keane                 Head Coach

Ian Macleod                Assistant Coach

Pete Daines                Team Manager

Peter Berenyi              Performance Analyst

Patrick Waplington      S&C Coach

Ellen Scott                  Sports Therapist

 

 

GB Under 18 Women

Name                         Position

Vanessa Ellis              Head Coach

James Dawe               Assistant Coach

Sadie Mason               Team Manager

Barney Blake               Performance Analyst

Sam Heathcote            S&C Coach

James McCormack      Physio

 

GB Under 16 Men

Name                         Position

James Vear                 Head Coach

Craig Nicol                  Assistant Coach

Howard Leighton          Team Manager

Ieuan Alex Jones         Performance Analyst

Hani Assi                    S&C Coach

Mark Dayson               Physio

 

 

GB Under 16 Women

Name                        Position

Matthew Harber          Head Coach

Kenrick Liburd            Assistant Coach

Olga Cornish              Team Manager

Adam Davies             Performance Analyst

Antonis Kesisoglou     S&C Coach

Brad Scanes              Physio


Senior Men squad announced for Celtic Cup clash
May 14, 2017, 10:01 am

Wales National Team Head Coach James Bamfield has named his squad for the Celtic Cup which will be held in Scotland at the National Performance Centre on 9 -11 June 2017. Scotland play Ireland on Friday, before Wales face Ireland on Saturday and Scotland on the Sunday. It is expected both sides will field strong line ups with Scotland still hoping to make a case for a place at 2018 Commonwealth games and set to feature GB players Gareth Murray and Kieran Achara.

 

The Welsh squad has clearly been selected with a view to the future and features 8 players who earlier this year represented Wales at U23.

 

Coach Bamfield said, “We have made tremendous progress since September adding significantly to the talent levels and identifying some excellent veterans to help lead the program forward. We now have 25 players attending the next camp on the 3June, before we work with the squad for Scotland. We will continue to work tirelessly to identify young talent and involve them in either the Senior or U23 program. In terms of the Celtic Cup clash in June everyone involved is very excited to dip our toes into true International competition”.

 

The squad has an average age of 23 and for most of the squad this will be their first senior international so it’s very exciting to see these players taking this first step and help them to discover what sort of international players they might be.

 

Coach Bamfield was pleased by the success many of these players had at U23 level forcing over 30 turnovers and landing 40 fast break points in their win over Scotland. Obviously, the performance levels and results will be different at senior level.  

 

He added “We need to be realistic about expectations and give this group a chance to grow as they can have a very bright future”.

 

We have also been very lucky to have some superb veteran talent commit to the program and it gives me great pleasure to name James Dawe, Asa Waite and Jamie Rodwell as team co-captains as we move forward.

 

James Dawe one of the three named co-captains said: “Coming off the back of a tough FIBA campaign last summer it's been great to start training with Wales again. I have been lucky enough to go to the past two FIBA Small Countries tournaments and have really enjoyed the challenge of playing at that level. The competition style and the build-up are always an opportunity to learn and improve. Although we are no longer entering that competition the prospect of playing for Wales is still a big draw for the guys. Several of us play for Cardiff Archers and we have enjoyed a competitive season in the National League D3 this year narrowing missing out on playoffs. Hopefully we can take some of that momentum into the summer with Wales. 

 

Coach Bamfield really has the guys buying into the way he wants Wales to play and the vision for the future, you can tell by the atmosphere at the camps.

 

We have a lot of young players who are hungry to improve and prove they deserve a spot in the senior team. This makes training competitive and, coupled with the fast style of basketball the coaches are implementing, it's fun to be involved. There's a positive atmosphere and an understanding of where we are at now and where we want to be. Hopefully as we continue to train hard as a group, and away from camps individually, we will start to see things come together on court.  

 

The Celtic Cup will be our first real opportunity to play together. Both Scotland and Ireland have great set ups and talented players so they will be a very tough test for us. The guys are looking forward to the chance to play against that kind of competition”.

 

Sqaud to represent Wales in the Celtic Cup
9 - 11 June 2017
Scotland

Danny Walsh                       

Sefton Stars             

Connor Easter

Worcester Wolves II

Tom North

Sheffield Arrows

Lewis Tucker

Cardiff City

James Dawe

Cardiff Met Archers

Asa Waite

Cardiff Met Archers

Nico Pele-Wilson    

Worcester Wolves

Neal Allen

Sefton Stars 

Sam Roberts

Sefton Stars

Gareth Williams

Cardiff Met

Mathew Broderick

Plymouth Rebels

Jamie Rodwell

Hemel Storm

 

 

Reserves

 

Connor Heatherton

Worcester University

Alex Koukaravis

Cardiff Met Archers   

Matthew Roberts

Kings Lynn Fury

 

The following players have been invited to join the training camp

Nial Williams 

Caernarfon Celts

Tanaka Mandishona

Canterbury Crusaders

George Metcalf

Leeds Becketts

Jordan Harding

Barry Huskies

Joe Thorne   

Cardiff City

Zak Mohamed

Cardiff City

Joe Robinson

Mold Magic

Andrew Park

Cheshire Phoenix

Bradley Payne

Uni of Wales

Ahmed Mohamed

Cardiff City

 

Coaching Team

James Bamfield

Head Coach

Andrew Purnell

Associate Head Coach

Diccon Lloyd-Smeath

Assistant Coach

Eddie Kizito

Player/S&C  


Free Mini Basketball session at Cardiff Met Archers
May 5, 2017, 9:55 am


On Saturday 13 May Basketball Wales, Cardiff Met Archers, Tribal Basketball, and Sport Cardiff will be giving 8 to 11-year-olds from Cardiff the opportunity to gain themselves the Basketball Wales Mini Basketball Bronze Award!

 

The event will be held in the brand-new Archers' Arena on Cardiff Metropolitan University's Cyncoed Campus, the home of Wales' only elite-level basketball squad, the Cardiff Met Archers WBBL (Women's British Basketball League) team! 

The event is completely free and is a great introduction to basketball.


The children who take part will experience top-level teaching from Basketball Wales, Tribal Basketball and Archers Basketball coaches, and will quickly be confident enough to play their parts in fast-paced end-to-end games of one of Britain's fastest-growing sports!

Not only will participants earn their Bronze Awards and learn loads of new skills; they will also get to see the FIBA EuroBasket Trophy as it stops at Cardiff Met on its grand tour before this year's EuroBasket Tournament!

 

EuroBasket Finals (the European Basketball Tournament) is Europe's top international competition. Taking place every two years, it sees 24 European nations battling it out on the courts to find Europe's basketball champions! And this year we can follow the GB men’s team, they have qualified for the finals and will play Belgium, Turkey, Latvia, Serbia and Russia. The tournament starts on 31 August and ends in Istanbul on 17 September 2017.

 

The event is open to all primary school children in years 4, 5 and 6 and will run from 12 - 3pm. The Archers' Arena is on Cardiff Metropolitan University's Cyncoed Campus, Cyncoed Road, CF23 6XD.

 

For more information and book a place please email  bwminibasketball@tribalbasketball.net

 


GREAT BRITAIN MEN TO PLAY GREECE IN EUROBASKET WARM-UP GAME
Apr 21, 2017, 9:17 am
 
The Great Britain Senior Men’s Basketball team will take on Greece, ranked number 13 in the world, on Saturday 19 August at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London.

 

The match will be part of both teams’ preparations for the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Finals, which start on 31st August.

 

GB Senior Men’s Head Coach, Joe Prunty, said “Greece is not only one of the top teams in Europe, but one of the top teams in the world.  Through the years they have had tremendous talent and have been well coached.  Having finished in the top 5 in 11 of the last 15 EuroBasket’s shows their consistency.  As always the team will be excited to be back in London playing in front of the home crowd.  This will be a great game in preparation for EuroBasket and Group D which has 3 of the top 10 teams in the world.”

 

British Basketball Chief Executive, Lisa Wainwright, commented “We are delighted to be able to announce such an attractive game as part of the build-up to EuroBasket for our Senior Men. We look forward to welcoming basketball fans from around the country, and hopefully visitors from Greece, to the Copper Box Arena in August, which is a terrific venue for fans to get close to the action.”

 

Great Britain is in Group D of EuroBasket 2017, playing in Istanbul against Turkey, Belgium, Latvia, Russia and Serbia. Greece is in Group A, playing in Helsinki against Finland, France, Iceland, Poland and Slovenia. The tournament starts on 31st August and runs until 17th September. For further details on EuroBasket 2017, go to www.fiba.com/eurobasket/2017.

 

Tickets for the game are expected to be on sale the week of 24 April. More details will follow. Check the British Basketball website for further details - http://www.gbbasketball.com/ 

 

Great Britain vs. Greece – Senior Men’s Basketball International
Saturday 19 August 2017
Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London E20 3HB


Wales U18 Men ready for Lithuanian experience
Apr 18, 2017, 9:13 am

 Wales U18 Men National Team ahead of friendly game in March 2017

(photo credit: Karen Solomons)

 

Wales Under 18’s Men National Team will be the first team in action on the international basketball stage in April ahead of a busy summer for various Welsh youth teams (Under 16’s and Under 18’s men and women). The town of Alytus in Lithuania was chosen as the base for a 5-days-long training camp which includes training sessions and friendly games against local youth teams. The trip is part of the preparation programme for the team that already played two friendly games against Worcester Wolves Under 18 and Cardiff University Select team.

 

“I am pleased to see how players responded to my requests and how the team is shaping during the training sessions which we had every month since September and during the two friendly games we organised so far”, said Alex Radu who is the Head Coach of the team. He added: “I hope players will bring the same intensity and desire to improve and get better that I have noticed so far into the next three friendly games which we will play during the Easter break in Lithuania. It is going to be a good challenge and I think it is useful to compare ourselves with representatives of a world class basketball country – Lithuania is currently1st in Europe and 2nd in the FIBA World rankings for Youth Men basketball nations! So I am sure there are plenty of things to learn from this coming trip”.

 

Wales Under 18 will play the first game against Varenos Bites on Tuesday 18th April 2017 at 6.00 pm local time and this will followed by the game against Alytus Dzukija BC on Wednesday 19th April at 5.00 pm. The third game will be scheduled on the last day of the trip (Thursday 20th April 2017) against Adolfo Ramanausko High School.