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Mixed fortunes for Wales at the Tri-nations tournament
Jan 6, 2020, 6:48 pm


Photo copyright Mark Ferris


The inaugural Tri-nations tournament hosted by Basketball England, was held at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester on 21-22 December 2019.


U16 and U18 teams from England, Scotland and Wales came together for a weekend of highly competitive basketball watched on from the side-lines by proud parents as well as some of the newly appointed GB junior national team coaches.


The tournament gave our young players much needed competition, as well as the opportunity to play against the best players in England and Scotland.


The team of the tournament for us was the U16 Girls, coached by Stephen Lindsey alongside assistant coaches Luke Strong and Caitlin Riley.


They gave us our only win on day 1, beating England White 64 - 60, in a game that caught the attention of the whole venue.


On day 2, they fought hard to secure another win but fell short by the narrowest of margins, losing to a strong Scottish side 57 - 56. They will meet Scotland again in the summer  in the FIBA European Championships Division C, being held in Gibraltar.


The weekend also gave our referees and table officials an opportunity to officiate with colleagues from the other home nations and to get feedback from senior officials after each game. A great way to ensure that our officials are constantly striving to improve.


To all the parents, coaches and players who gave up a weekend before Christmas to travel to Manchester, you all represented Wales with your usual passion and respect for the other teams.


Finally, a massive thanks must go to Basketball England for hosting a superb event at a great venue.


Same again next year…?


Here are all the results for our Welsh teams


Day One 



U16B: England Red 82-45 Wales



U18M: Scotland 75-61 Wales



U16G: England White 60-64 Wales



U18W: England Red 93-48 Wales



U16B: Scotland 70-59 Wales



U18M: England White 107-68 Wales



Day Two



U16G: Scotland 57-56 Wales



U18W: Scotland 80-53 Wales



U16B: Wales 43-111 England White



U18M: Wales 66-111 England Red



U16G: Wales 42-65 England Red



U18W: Wales 26-121 England White


Wales basketball team nets sponsorship
Nov 26, 2019, 9:13 pm


Welsh junior team agrees a new partnership with a regional housebuilder to help them get to a tournament in Paris.


The Wales Under 15s boys’ team which trains at Cynffig Comprehensive School in Bridgend, has been handed £1,000 by Persimmon Homes West Wales through its Community Champions Scheme.


Each month the housebuilder donates up to £1,000 each to two groups or individuals in the area.


The sponsorship will help fund a summer tournament in Paris for the talented group of youngsters. The tour comes with many expenses, which the sponsorship will help cover. Basketball Wales doesn’t receive any funding and the players selected to play for their country have to fundraise to pay for everything from playing kit to court hire and tours.


Emma Whitney-Embleton, team manager, said: “We are delighted to agree sponsorship with Persimmon Homes West Wales.


“The players selected have had to go through rigorous trials to make the team and now have the opportunity to compete in a European tournament.


“The basketball tour will not only benefit the players sporting skills but also their personal attributes.


“We are very thankful to Persimmon Homes West Wales.”


Sharon Bouhali, Sales Director for Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “We are thrilled to agree sponsorship with the team, and provide financial support.


“The European tour promises to be a fantastic experience for the gifted youngsters, we wish them the best of luck in the summer tournaments.”




There is still a range of stunning two, three and four bedroom homes available at Persimmon Homes’ West Wales development, Glas Y Felin in Bridged. For more information, please visit https://www.persimmonhomes.com/glas-y-felin-10876.



Issued by 8848 Communications for Persimmon Homes West Wales. For further information please contact Sean Wozencroft on 01902 907520 or email sean@8848agency.com

Play 3x3 with the Urdd and Basketball Wales
Oct 28, 2019, 10:16 pm


The Urdd 3x3 basketball tournament is back for the 2019/20 season, bigger and better with a tournament in North and South Wales.


Following last year’s successful inaugural competition held in Cardiff, the Urdd have decided to make sure that pupils in North Wales also get to take part in a fast, furious and fun tournament.


The competition is open to all secondary schools in Wales for pupils in years 7 to 9, made up of 5 team members…boys, girls or mixed.


The South Wales tournament will be held in Cardiff at the National Wales Sports Centre on Wednesday 4 December 2019 and the North Wales Tournament will be held on 6 February 2020 at the Plas Coch Sport Centre, Wrexham.


Keith Mair, Basketball Wales Chairman said:


“We were delighted when the Urdd asked us to work with them on a new basketball competition for schools. The are a well respected and inspirational organisation working across Wales.


I am hoping that more schools get involved this year, especially given the rise in popularity of this version of the game.


I look forward to going along to see the children compete when the tournament in in my hometown of Wrexham”.


About the Urdd

Urdd Gobaith Cymru is a national voluntary youth organisation with over 55,000 members between the ages of 8 and 25 years old. They provide opportunities through the medium of Welsh for children and young people in Wales to enable them to make positive contributions to their communities. 


For more information, costs and to register for either tournament please go to the Chwaraeon yr Urdd website.

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Active Living Centre

Bettws Lane, Newport, NP20 7YB




Ysgol Bae Baglan

Seaway Parade, Port Talbot, SA12 7BL




Cynffig Comprehensive School

East Avenue, Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, CF33 6NP




Llanwern High School

Hartridge Farm Road, Newport NP18 2YE




Jubilee Hall,

Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff, CF11 9SW




Crickhowell High School

New Road, Crickhowell, NP8 1AW




Jubilee Hall,

Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff, CF11 9SW




Crickhowell High School

New Road, Crickhowell, NP8 1A




Cynffig Comprehensive School

East Avenue, Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, CF33 6NP