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Basketball Wales scales new height with it’s newest national team recruit
Mar 15, 2018, 1:29 pm


Basketball Wales is always looking for talented players to join the ranks of its national teams. Therefore, they were delighted when Brandon Marshall, who lives and plays his basketball in Suffolk came along to trial for the new Futures Programme, a combined training squad for our U17, U18 and U20 men.


Nothing exceptional you might think - but Brandon is thought to be one of the tallest teenagers in the world, standing at a lofty 7ft 4in, perfect for basketball!


Cameron Seeley, Basketball Wales Performance Director said: “I am delighted that Brandon has recently joined the Basketball Wales Futures Programme. This new initiative has been designed to create a better pathway for our junior international players as they transition towards senior basketball.


Cameron added, “Brandon is the newest member of this dedicated training squad which consists of around 30 players from across Wales and further afield. We hope that all the squad members will continue to develop their game and one day represent Wales at a senior level”.


The Futures Programme has already had some early success. A 12-man squad recently went to Gibraltar to play their U18 side. Wales came home victorious, winning the two-match series 2-0.


The Futures Programme also has a new addition to its coaching team. Joining current Head Coach Alex Radu is new coach James Markham. He will be meeting up with the squad at the next training session in April.


If you would like more infomation about the Futures Programme or any of our other National Teams please contact Cameron Seeley, Performance Director cas@millfieldschool.com

The Basketball League Limited - Independent Directors The Board of The Basketball League Ltd (BBL – British Basketball League
Feb 21, 2018, 10:58 am

The Basketball League Limited - Independent Directors

The Board of The Basketball League Ltd (BBL – British Basketball League) are currently looking to appoint to three voluntary Independent Director positions on the BBL Board.


For further information, including the full Role Description, please click here (link attached file)




Candidates should submit their CV, together with a covering letter expressing their rationale for their interest and any specific business and/or sport competencies that they could bring to the role. Submissions by post or email are acceptable and shouldbe sent to:


Andy Webb  - Chief Operating Officer
The Basketball League Ltd
Unit E3, Leicester Business Centre
111 Ross Walk
Leicester LE4 5HH



The closing date for applications is 12 noon, 9 March 2018.


The Basketball League Limited is fully committed to the principles oequality of opportunity and is responsible for ensuring thatno applicants, staff (paid or unpaid), workers, office holders, volunteers, oparticipants (together "Stakeholders") are unlawfullydiscriminated against on the grounds of agedisability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy andmaternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (together the "Protected Characteristics").


The Board of Basketball League Limited have adopted a target of maintaining a minimum of 30% of each gender on its Board anto progress towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity generallon the Board, including, but not limited to,Black, Asianminority ethnic (BAME) diversity and disability 

Applications are therefore particularly welcomed from females, people with disabilities and BAME groups as they are all currently under represented within the sport.


Following a recent skills audit of the Board applications from candidates with significant commercial/sponsorship and/or finance backgrounds would be welcomed.

Applicants will be required to meet a ‘fit and proper person test’ prior to appointment.

Former Wales International Player Wayne Ferguson has passed away
Jan 17, 2018, 11:11 am



Basketball Wales is saddened to hear of the passing of former international player Wayne Ferguson, aged 53.


Wayne who was born in Newport in November 1965 moved to Canada at an early age with his family where he played college basketball at the University of Carleton in Ottawa. 


Wayne played four seasons for the Ravens as a bruising power forward where he patrolled the area inside the paint, ’Wayne was a second team OUA All Star in 1991-92 and was a member of the 1988 OUA East Championship team that participated in the National Championships in Halifax.

After finishing university in Canada, Wayne returned to Wales where he played for the Cardiff Heat. Wayne was a member of the Cardiff Bay Heat team that participated in the early qualification rounds of the 1994 FIBA European Radivoj Korac Cup. 




Tony Hinchey, a former team mate of Wayne's at the Heat said "he was a tenacious player who was loved and respected by his team mates and opponents. He was considerate, funny, kind loving and a strong person. The world will be a sadder place without him"


Wayne’s Funeral service will take place on Wednesday 24th January 2:30pm at Tovey Brothers Funeral Home, 9-11 Cardiff Road, Newport, NP20 2EH 



Welsh National Schools Basketball Tournament 2017/18
Dec 21, 2017, 8:18 pm

Entries for the 2017/18 Welsh schools basketball tournament is now open! 


To enter your school please complete the application form and return to Gavin Lewis by email gjlewis_4@hotmail.com before Friday 19 January 2018.


Once we have all the entries in, we will email more details about the format of the competition.


Some key dates to help you plan...


The South Wales semi finals will take place on Tuesday 27 February at Swansea University, Swansea, SA2 8PP from 9.00am - 5.30am


Schools in North Wales will need to play their matches by Friday 2 March 2018.


The National Schools Finals will take place on Saturday 17 March at House of Sport, Cardiff  9.00am - 6.00pm. 


If you need any further infomation, please contact Gavin Lewis on 07968 531437 or gjlewis_4@hotmail.com


National Schools Basketball Tournament Application Form

Basketball Wales saddened to hear of the passing of Ellis Jones
Nov 23, 2017, 9:11 pm

Basketball Wales is saddened to hear of the passing of former international player Ellis Jones. Ellis gained numerous caps for Wales and played his club basketball in the Newport area. Ellis is pictured above in the white jacket receiving an award for his services to Welsh Basketball at the 2013 FIBA Europe General Assembly, which took place at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. 


The Funeral takes place on Friday 24 November 11.30 am at the Holy Trinity Church Newport NP18 1JJ followed by service at Langston Crematorium and reception at Llanwern Golf Club.


Basketball Wales sends its condolences to the family, friends and former team mates of Ellis at the difficult time.

Wales Senior Women’s squad has a new Head Coach
Oct 27, 2017, 3:33 pm

Basketball Wales is delighted to announce that Karen Burton has been appointed as its new Senior Women’s Head Coach.


Karen has an impressive international background having been an England U16 Girls and GB U20 National Team Head Coach. In domestic basketball, Karen is enjoying her 6th season at the successful Barking Abbey Academy. She is the Head Coach of the Academy’s U19 and Division 1 women's teams and the Assistant Coach of the BA London Lions WBBL (Women’s British Basketball League) side, under Head Coach Mark Clark.  Karen joined Barking Abbey from Nottingham Wildcats where she was their Head Coach.


She will be working with Basketball Wales on a voluntary basis, as do all our National Team coaches.


Speaking after her appointment Karen said:

“I am really excited to have this opportunity to take up the position of Head Coach. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead for the senior women’s programme and to work with Basketball Wales, helping them to move their women’s and girls’ programme forward.


I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Barking Abbey for supporting me in this exciting new stage of my coaching career”.


Stef Collins from Basketball Wales added:

“This is a great appointment for Basketball Wales. Karen has an amazing track record, and a wealth of experience that she can bring to the game in Wales.


She will help us to develop our women’s teams from the U18s to the senior side. Giving them the skills and confidence they need to be as competitive as possible”.


Karen will be joining up with the women’s squad in the next month or so, getting them ready for the new season ahead.

Coaching Opportunities with Basketball Wales
Sep 29, 2017, 7:17 pm

Applications are invited for the roles of Head Coach, Assistant Coach and Development Coach for the following Basketball Wales age group National Teams.


U15 Boys
Head Coach
Development Coach


U17 Boys
Head Coach

Assistant Coach


U18 Boys
Head Coach

Assistant Coach
Development Coach


This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an emerging NGB as we develop players and staff for Welsh National Teams and for the GB programme.


Applications are welcome from both experienced coaches and those who are looking to take their first steps in international coaching.


All positions are voluntary and for the one-year period, with an option of a continuation of the role for a second-year subject to a satisfactory performance review.


Applicants should forward the completed application form together with a covering letter and brief CV by email to cameron@basketballwales.com and stefcollins@gmail.com by 5pm on Sunday 8 October 2017.


Interviews for these coaching positions will be held as soon as possible by conference call or Skype unless otherwise notified.


Please download the job description, person specification and application form...here.


U16 boys name their squad as they start their European adventure
Sep 29, 2017, 6:33 pm
A squad of 18 players have been selected to take the next steps in the preparations for the FIBA Division C European Championships 2018. 
The squad will be led by Head Coach Simon Fisher who has previously taken England U16s to 5 European B division championships gaining 3 top 4 finishes, with a bronze in 2009 and culminating in a silver medal and promotion from FIBA Division B in 2011. He will provide the squad with a vast amount of knowledge and experience and is looking to develop this squad into a group that will be competitive at the tournament.
Coach Fisher said "It has been an immense pleasure to select this squad. I would like to thank all the players, clubs and coaches that have committed to the process, it has enable my staff and I to select a balanced group of 18 players. We have looked to select for both next years tournament, but also for the longer term, as the main drive for this group will be to relentlessly improve, I believe then the results will be a by-product of that development. 
I would like to thank the other members of my staff. Nick O'Leary has brought immense experience, coupled with his knowledge within the technical development of the players, enabling us to develop a coaching games for understanding approach. Stefan is a young coach who brings his expertise in video analysis, as well as his coaching skills to enhance the joint approach I have instilled into the group. The core of the group however is Jon Bunyan, he leads the planning and organisation to ensure that the squad has the best chance possible to improve.
I look forward to the journey, all the sessions and camps are open for club coaches to attend, as we all help to enhance the opportunities for this group of players"
Head Coach: Simon Fisher
Asst Coach: Nick O'Leary
Asst Coach: Stefan Rosier
Team Manager: Jon Bunyan
Oliver Andrews Vale Vipers
Jack Batacan Pontypridd Panthers / Vale Vipers
William Bright Cardiff Met Archers
Seb Bunyan Pontypridd Panthers / Bristol Flyers
Kian Davies Baglan Blazers /Vale Vipers
Dylan Drew Mold Magic
Adam Duncan  Vale Vipers
Ben Evans Cougars / Vale Vipers
Benjamin Evans Cardiff Met Archers
Luke Gordos Manchester Magic
Mason Grady Vale Vipers
Rory James Vale Vipers
Panos Karras Cardiff Met Archers
Henry Lythe De Pee Manchester Magic
Solomon Minty Walker Baglan Blazers
Charlie Molloy Mold Magic
Taliesin Remec Carmarthen
Nathan Symons Bristol Flyers


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