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Basketball Wales AGM 2018
Jul 7, 2018, 11:15 am

Pelfasged Cyf (Basketball Wales) AGM

Sunday 29 July 2018

3.00pm

Welsh Institute of Sport, Cardiff 

Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry (Video link)

 

Agenda to follow...

 

Please note, all reports and previous minutes will not be read out. They will be placed on the BW website for your full review. If any member has any questions relating to specific reports please email your questions to chairman@basketballwales.com within 72 hours of the date of the AGM.

 

Limited copies of reports will be made available at the meeting, 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 go to the Downloads section and AGM 2018.


Briefing for the basketball membership of England, Scotland and WalesB
Jul 6, 2018, 3:03 pm

 

After months of negotiations, a way forward has been agreed to protect and grow the future of British Basketball. The Home Country Associations (HCAs) of England, Scotland and Wales, along with UK Sport and the UK Government have all helped to craft a sustainable and affordable plan that will safeguard the interests of all our members, whether at grass roots or in our national teams.

 

To reach this position we have worked closely with a number of crucial stakeholders, including the British Basketball League (BBL), alongside strong support from the Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch, Alex Sobel MP, Sir Mike Penning MP, UK Sport and Sport England. We would like to thank them for their support during negotiations.

 

Our immediate focus

 

Unfortunately, the agreement had to be reached via the calling of an Exceptional General Meeting involving HCAs and British Basketball Federation (BBF), the organisation that runs the GB national teams. It was not possible to get complete agreement with BBF Board on crucial aspects of the way forward. As a result, the Board of BBF has elected to resign.

 

We will now work together to formulate a detailed way forward that all the governing bodies in the sport will deliver in partnership to achieve the following:

 

•         Keep our national teams on court and engage them more in the sport as a whole

•         Ensure continued solvency for BBF and file BBF annual accounts, which are still outstanding

•         Ensure that BBF is fit for purpose in terms of structure and the composition of its Board

•         Provide a forum for everyone to work together on key issues, including, but not limited to, performance basketball

•         Work together in raising significant commercial revenue

•         Share ideas and resources wherever possible.

  

All parties will now immediately focus on getting GB teams on court and reducing management overheads as we work to develop the sport from a strong foundation. 

 

Building strong HCAs and a strong GB

 

At the heart of discussions has been one central question: should we financially damage community basketball that is the lifeblood of our sport and that offers hope and opportunity to thousands of young people, in the hope of achieving success at GB level?

 

Throughout this process, the associations of England, Scotland and Wales have been united in their belief that success at GB level will only occur with strong HCAs, with effective pathways through to the senior teams, and with an acceptance that we are not an affluent sport at this time and need to cut our cloth accordingly. However, we believe that being pragmatic does not stop us from being ambitious for the sport we love.

 

We are acutely conscious that making the necessary cuts will be difficult in the short term. However, our priority in balancing the budget will be to keep players on court above all else, including working to ensure that we are able to field strong under-20s GB teams.

 

We believe that we need to work within our means and make sure that our resources are allocated to the community game, as well as the talent system. We believe that strong relationships within the game will be the foundation for strong and sustainable national teams, both on and off the court.

 

Recent media leaks

 

We would like to apologise to the basketball community across Great Britain which has had to deal with a confusing and fragmented picture of recent discussions with the British Basketball Federation, especially over the last few weeks, due to a steady stream of leaked information.

 

Direct communication with our membership is always important and we believe that there is a right way to do this. These leaks were out of our control and the HCAs have been united in refusing to engage in such tactics, which we believe only served to damage our sport.

 

Working together

 

As a national basketball community, we have seen that great things can happen when we come together. The Jr. NBA, the Special Olympics, amazing performances for Scotland and England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the recent coming together of community and national bodies to keep courts affordable in Edinburgh are all examples.  Unsung volunteers across GB are putting in time and effort to support those initiatives in clubs, schools, and with our GB teams. We believe that team work is vital to the future success for our sport.

 

We will make additional updates to the membership of our associations in the near future.

 


Joint Statement by the Home Country Associations on the future of British Basketball
Jul 3, 2018, 3:22 pm

In response to the recent media coverage, the Home Country Associations (HCAs) of England, Scotland and Wales wish to jointly clarify their position to our membership and to GB players in relation to current negotiations on the future of British Basketball.

 

We wish to confirm that all HCAs remain committed to working towards a structure and model for British Basketball that keeps GB teams on the floor for the long term and allows all parts of our sport to thrive and develop.

 

We value a strong BBF built on long-term financial stability, equality of access, strong foundations, mutual respect and a collegiate way of working.  We are seeking a sustainable, long-term plan for British Basketball that does not put other areas of our sport at significant risk.

 

We acknowledge that there is some distance between the proposals being put forward by the BBF and this position. However, we do not believe that playing out aspects of these ongoing discussions in a public forum is beneficial for the sport or helpful to our members. Therefore, we are committed to continuing to have honest and frank dialogue directly with colleagues within HCAs and with British Basketball.


GDPR - How Basketball Wales is keeping your personal data secure
May 24, 2018, 5:06 pm

 

Basketball Wales (BW) understands that your privacy is important to you, and we want you to be assured that your personal data is safe, secure and used for the sole purpose it is intended for according to our Data Protection Policy.

 

As of the 25 May 2018 new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, this requires Basketball Wales to update how we collect, use and store members personal data.

 

We have updated our Privacy Notice and Data Protection Policy to ensure that they are in line with the GDPR changes and also make it clear to members how we process their data and for what purposes. All these updated document can also be found in the Downloads section.

 

We are currently in the process of communicating with our membership to update marketing preferences to ensure we have ‘Opt In’ Permission so Basketball Wales can continue to keep our members informed via email of news, courses, events and special offers. Members can unsubscribe from these emails at any time by simply clicking the ‘Unsubscribe’ button at the bottom of the email. Alternatively you can email enquiries@basketballwales.com and we can complete this process for you.

 

Individuals Rights

Individuals and organisations on which Basketball Wales holds information have the right to:  

  1. The right to be informed
  2. The right of access
  3. The right to rectification
  4. The right to erasure
  5. The right to restrict processing
  6. The right to data portability
  7. The right to object
  8. Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.

 

More information with regards to each individual right can be found on the ICO website –

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/individual-rights/

 

Online Registering System 

Users of the Basketball Wales online registration system do so in accordance with the Basketball Wales Privacy and Data Protection policy.  Any information provided by will be held by Basketball Wales on its computer records in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations.

 

Club Contact details will be placed on the Basketball Wales’ website, if you do not wish to have your club contact details on the Basketball Wales website please contact Basketball Wales at enquiries@basketballwales.com and we will remove your club contact details from our website.

 

We will also from time to time send individual members electronic communication via email. If you do not want to receive these communications please contact us at enquiries@basketballwales.com informing us that you no longer wish to receive these communications or click the opt-out link at the bottom of the communication. Moving forward our membership system will change to an opt-in marketing preferences and this will be fully operational in time for the new season registration 2018/19.

 

GDPR and Clubs

GDPR will also affect many of our clubs and leagues, the Sport and Recreation Alliance have developed a toolkit which can be found via the link below. This kit contains a number of useful resources and templates to assist sporting organisations take the necessary steps to become complaint with GDPR

https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/pages/gdpr

 


New online shop for ordering Basketball Wales kit
May 17, 2018, 1:02 pm

We are pleased to announce that we have a new retail partner and an online shop to take the stress out of ordering Basketball Wales kit.

 

Cameron Seeley, Basketball Wales Performance Director said, “We are delighted to be working with Stephen Vickers and his team at Eurologo in Bridgend. We believe that they have the personnel and the experience to deliver a high quality and timely service to all our National Teams, providing them with the Givova kit they need for training and competitions”.

 

Eurologo Director Stephen Vickers added, “We are very excited and honoured to enter into this new partnership with Basketball Wales.  We pride ourselves on offering a professional service and look forward to providing teams with their kit and other accessories, and we welcome all queries and any specific requests from teams.  We hope that this is the start of a very long-standing relationship”.

 

Also, if any Basketball Wales affiliated clubs would like to set up an online club shop to help take the hassle out of ordering team kit, just email Stephen on stephen@eurologo.co.uk he will be happy to discuss all the available options and provide competitive rates to clubs on all Givova products as well supplying other brands.

 

The new Eurologo Basketball Wales online shop can be found at www.eurologo.co.uk/online-shop you’ll also find a link from the Basketball Wales homepage.