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Mar 7, 2017, 7:05 pm
It is with great sadness that British Basketball shares the news that Bill McInnes, interim Chair of British Basketball, passed away on Saturday March 4th 2017 at the age of 71.
“Bill was a wonderful gentleman and guardian of basketball” Chief Executive Lisa Wainwright said in a statement, “in my very short time of working and being supported by Bill at British Basketball I have learned so much and grown so fond of him. The quickness of his illness has been a shock to many of us and his lovely family who our hearts and love go to. He will be remembered by so many and his legacy within basketball is for us all to continue.”
Kevin Pringle, Chief Executive of Basketball Scotland, also said how much Bill will be missed and how influential he was to Basketball.
“Having known and worked so closely with Bill for such a long time, I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing after a short illness. Our thoughts are with Bill’s family at this extremely difficult time.
“Bill was instrumental in his work, both on and off of the basketball court and will be sorely missed by the whole Scottish Basketball community.”
The sentiments of Wainwright have been echoed by the basketball family. Bill had a reputation as a genuine, honest, kind, softly spoken and most caring person.
As a player and team captain Bill represented both Scotland and Great Britain on 176 occasions. He started all of his 28 competitive Great Britain games, and was the leading scorer in 8 of them - with a game high of 25 points v Poland in 1968. He was the leading scorer in 1968 event with 119 points in the 7 Euro Pre-Olympic Qualifying games. He was the 2nd top scorer in 3 other Olympic Qualifying events, finishing with 354 points - 12.6 pt. game average score.
Previously an Area Youth Organiser in Stirling, a Deputy Manager at Meadowbank Sports Centre and latterly the Centre Manager at Wester Hailes Education Centre in Edinburgh; Bill had a strong sports management background. His knowledge and leadership qualities assisted him greatly in the discharge of his duties as Chair of Basketball Scotland and Chair of the British Basketball Federation.
A founder member of the Boroughmuir Basketball Club and a member of the team, who were British Champions in 1972, he also played in club teams that entered the European Cup on five occasions. Bill coached at all levels and was secretary to the Boroughmuir Club since 1961.
Bill was recognised for his services to basketball in the Queens 2000 New Year’s Honours list with an award of an OBE. Bill also served as Chair of the British Basketball Federation, was a member of the National Olympic Committee, Chair of the British Masters Basketball Association and was a Director with Basketball Scotland, which he previously chaired from 1990 to 2008.
Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to Bill’s family and friends at this time.
Ian Curryer, Independent Director, will be acting temporarily as interim Chair of British Basketball.
Mar 3, 2017, 11:37 am
Basketball Wales is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new Mini Basketball Awards Scheme to encourage boys and girls up to the age of 11 to take up this exciting, fast-paced and growing sport.
The new FREE scheme is set to tip off this weekend (4- 5 March 2017) in Caernarfon and Swansea.
This scheme, funded by the FIBA Europe Youth Development Fund, will enable mini ballers to learn the basic skills and earn bronze, silver and gold badges by attending a mini basketball festival and regular coaching sessions at local affiliated basketball clubs.
A bronze award mini basketball festival can be run by schools, basketball clubs, local authorities and youth clubs. Organisers will have the help of a dedicated Basketball Wales Mini Basketball officer who can provide the equipment, find a venue and supply detailed session plans, to make sure that each festival is a great success.
All schools that attend or host a bronze award mini basketball festival will receive a number of FREE mini basketballs courtesy of the FIBA Europe Youth Development fund as well as a video guide on how to deliver the bronze award session when back in school to encourage more pupils to participate in mini basketball.
Participants are encouraged to joining an affiliated club that run mini basketball coaching sessions to progress through the next stages of the scheme. These clubs will help players develop their new-found skills as well as teaching them new ones - no slam dunks yet thought!
Basketball Wales Mini Basketball Director Lee Coulson speaking about the launch of this exciting new project said, “Grass roots basketball is an area that Basketball Wales is targeting to help us grow the game here in Wales. With the creation of this new awards scheme we hope to engage a new generation of players, boys and girls, to give basketball a try. Maybe we will find the next Michael Jordan or Steph Curry!”
We are delighted that we have several festivals already organised across Wales but we are looking to reach as many new players as possible”.
To coincide with the launch of the new scheme, a dedicated mini basketball website will be up and running soon. It will contain information about the award scheme, how to run a mini basketball festival and a list of all affiliated clubs in Wales that hold weekly mini basketball coaching sessions.
Any club, school or organisation that would like to know more about running a bronze award mini basketball festival or if you would like any information about an up and coming festival, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bronze Award Mini Basketball Festivals can be run through the medium of English or Welsh.
Feb 27, 2017, 5:15 pm
The U23 and senior men national teams held their 5th camp this weekend at the brand new Cardiff Met Archers Arena and after the camp Head Coach James Bamfield had glowing praise for the progress being made.
“Cardiff Met’s newly built 2 court facility is a beacon for the growth of the sport in Cardiff and Wales and was a fantastic facility for our national team training camp. Working at club level in an area of the UK where we have dusty concrete floors, baskets that don’t work with broken nets, I have a real appreciation for quality venues. As an ex player I know the impact an appropriate floor has on longevity and performance.
The sponsorship deal with Wilson is great news, and the Solution basketballs are really good quality, while the Givova kit gives a professional look to the camps.
We’ve also been able to secure the services of Matt Keen to provide physiotherapy and prehab at our camps. Matt is an ex Welsh international player himself and the players made use of his services and were appreciative of his commitment.
It is really important to me that we put players who are attending camps in a high quality learning environment to maximise their development, both as individuals and as part of our national team moving forward. We have already delivered over 50 on court teaching hours and 3 fixtures during the NBL season. The Basketball Wales board have been fantastic in helping to develop this and I know we are only just scratching the surface of where we want to be. I also want to thank Tommy Walsh our team manager who must take a lot of credit as a real unsung hero.”
The eight hour camp brought together 25 players from the senior and U23 age groups and featured a strong focus on player development, use of the dribble and pick & roll play. There was a continued emphasis on the full court style of play, it is hoped this will become a staple of the national style of play.
Both groups will get together again before Easter with the U23s travelling to Scotland in late April to face both Scotland and Ireland age group sides. The seniors will also visit Scotland in June.
The U23 squad for Scotland is set to be announced shortly with the senior squad decided after the Easter camp.
There was some sad news this week as long time veteran Alan Duppa announced his retirement from international basketball. Alan had hoped to add some experience to the squad with a view to 2018 but with the focus now firmly on the Commonwealth Games 2022 he has decided to hang up his boots for good. Everyone at Basketball Wales sends their thanks to Alan for his service to the National Team and good luck for the future.
Feb 24, 2017, 6:24 pm
Wilson is now the official ball of Basketball Wales and will be used for all our endorsed competitions and events.
This partnership will also see our national team squads supplied with Wilson basketballs for all training sessions and international test matches played in Wales.
The national teams will be training with the Wilson Solution Basketball, the ball has a 100% moisture-absorbing cover which keeps moisture away from players hands. Alongside this it also has two exclusive Wilson Patents, Cushion Core™ and laid in pebbled channels for a softer ultimate feel. A few of our national sides have already been using the new balls in training and the feedback is very positive.
Andy Meddings, Senior Sales Executive for Wilson Team Sports said:
"We are delighted to become the official ball of Basketball Wales on a multi -year agreement. Wilson want to build partnerships with federations who share our passion for basketball at all levels. Basketball Wales certainly fulfils this criteria as they aim to grow the sport across schools and clubs across Wales. This partnership is important to us as we aim to establish Wilson as the leading basketball in UK and Europe”.
Wilson is the official ball of FIBA 3 x 3 competition as well as the NCAA Championships and NCAA March Madness.
Gavin Williams from Basketball Wales said:
“Wilson are one of the major basketball brands in the marketplace and we are pleased to be associated with them as we look to increase participation in this great sport. Our national sides have already had a chance to use the balls in training and the feedback is positive. I’d like to personally thank Amer Sports, who will be servicing the partnership deal between Basketball Wales and Wilson and we look forward to working with them”.
This deal will also offer fantastic opportunities to our affiliated clubs and individual members to purchase Wilson products at preferential prices. Details of how to purchase these products will be announced to our membership very shortly. So watch this space…
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Feb 19, 2017, 12:43 pm
Basketball Wales is delighted to announce that former Basketball England CEO, Mr. Keith Mair has been appointed as their new Independent Chair.
When asked about his new role, Keith replied:
"It's a privilege to have been invited to fill the position of Independent Chair for Basketball Wales and to have the opportunity to work with an excellent Board of Directors as we endeavour to grow and raise the profile of the sport. Basketball is the second most popular team sport in the world and we face significant challenges to raise it to a similar position throughout Wales by providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate."
Keith brings with him a wealth of experience both from the world of basketball and business. Back in his native New Zealand, he coached basketball for some 32 years, 21 years of which were with national teams, including 13 as Head Coach of the Tall Blacks culminating in an appearance at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
He will be working with the rest of the Board of Directors to ensure that the national teams, from under 12s to the senior sides, continue to access the best coaching and training possible as they prepare to compete at the highest level both in Europe and against the other home nations.
Also, as this popular game grows in Wales, the board will be looking to improve access to basketball for all, growing participation in the sport from complete beginners to seasoned players. As well as supporting the development of coaches, referees and table officials.
Jan 4, 2017, 11:21 pm
Updated Jan 2017
The WADA 2017 prohibited list is now available. The list will come into effect on the 1st of January 2017. There are some slight changes to note in relation to Beta-2-Agonists used in the treatment of asthma.
The full updated list can be downloaded by clicking on the following link
And a summary is available via this link
Further information is also available on the FIBA website
Basketball Wales condemns, and is totally opposed to, the use of performance enhancing drugs and doping practices in the sport of basketball and fully supports the position of the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), UK Anti-Doping and FIBA against the use of banned substances and methods.
British Basketball Federation and British Basketball League Agree Heads of Terms for 10 Year Men’s League License
Nov 30, 2016, 1:28 pm
British Basketball Federation and British Basketball League Agree Heads of Terms for 10 Year Men’s League License
The British Basketball Federation (BBF) and the British Basketball League (BBL) have agreed the Heads of Terms for a new 10 year License for the BBL to continue to run the top professional men’s basketball league in Great Britain, at the expiry of the current License in summer 2017.
The agreement comes after months of discussions between the new FIBA approved Governing Body for basketball, the BBF, and the top British basketball Clubs, and heralds a turning point in the way the professional game in Great Britain will be managed and developed.
The new Terms will require new performance standards to be set for Clubs in the BBL, and a commitment to an improvement in those standards, with active monitoring by both the BBL and by the BBF. Those performance standards will include matters on and off the court, and will include playing venues, seating capacities, coaching standards, player remuneration and welfare, and promotion and administration standards.
Work on the detailed terms for the License will now proceed apace with completion in the first quarter of 2017, so that the License is fully implemented before the current License expires.
The Heads of Terms for the 10 year license was approved by the BBF Board on 25 November and by the BBL Board on 29 November.
For the BBF, Interim Chairman Bill McInnes OBE said, “We are delighted to reach this agreement with the BBL, and look forward to working with them to finalise a License which will improve the professionalism and standards of the men’s Clubs’ game in a clear and systematic way, with the whole of the sport united around a number of common objectives. Those objectives, which support the strategy developed for basketball in Britain earlier this year, include improving the commercialism and marketability of the club game, but also the opportunities for young British players, with a positive impact on the Great Britain teams.
“There is still work to be done to get all the detail agreed but we have been pleased with the approach of the top Clubs to working together to drive the sport forward.”
For the BBL, Chairman Sir Rodney Walker said, “This is an important milestone for the sport of basketball, and we are delighted with the progress so far to get a long term License in place. We have already seen some important commercial developments in the men’s professional game with the recent media deals with the BBC and the Perform Group, in addition to existing and extended commercial partnerships with Molten, Kappa, Genius Sports, Synergy and Tickets.com.”
“The certainty these arrangements will provide, and the commitment of all parties to work together to drive up standards and the professionalism of the sport, can only be good for basketball. But this is the start of the journey and there remains much work to be done.”
The British Basketball Federation was formed following Great Britain’s participation in the London Olympics 2012. A requirement of FIBA, the world governing body for the sport, was that GB Basketball’s participation in the Olympics, under home country status, was under a single GB team and thus a single federation as opposed to the prior arrangements that saw Basketball England, Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales oversee the sport in their own countries. The BBF officially took oversight and responsibility for basketball in Great Britain in October 2016 following a transitional period.
The BBF Board consists of home country representatives, independent directors and appointed directors, some of which have been recruited to oversee the transitional period. The current interim chair of the BBF Board is Bill McInnes, OBE, who has a long history and experience in basketball in Great Britain.
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Nov 23, 2016, 12:19 pm
“I’ve been excited to start the process of developing a Senior Men’s side Wales can be proud of. One of the things we have identified as vital to achieving this is the promotion of our young talent and so we have tried very hard to link the senior and U23 programs together with shared dates and venues.
Our first Trial in Swansea was very good with 25 players in attendance across the Senior and U23 age groups, the second at Deeside was even better with 30+ players in attendance.
We have decided to take forward an initial group of 15 players for the Senior squad and we had our first invite only session also at Deeside. I was really pleased with what I saw from the group, one of the things I was keen to develop was a full court Defensive mentality and up tempo offensive style. We were able to have a two hour session on each topic and put a lot of detail into our principles for Defence and Secondary break. The players really responded well and their attention to detail was pretty impressive as was their ability to adapt and react in a game situation.
In terms of my initial impression of the players who made themselves available I was very happy. I do believe there are other talented player who could be part of what we are trying to build but when you haven’t had any success in several years there will obviously be some malaise. We will be changing this and that is part of why we want to go with young hungry players who are desperate to wear a Welsh Uniform. It also fits with our remit under the wider banner to develop players capable of playing for GB.
The process to achieve that is to commit to personal improvement every day, be committed to NT camps and be hard nosed enough to understand their will be, I’m sure several hard times along the way, but to have belief that if we stick to the process the results will come.
The players are clearly buying into that with Ben Potts being a great example he’s taken his conditioning much more seriously and is in much better shape to compete. The word is also starting to spread that this is something worth being involved in I was delighted that Alan Duppa has made himself available and having an experienced guy like that around our talented youngsters will really help them. Jamie Rodwell who plays D1 for Hemel Storm is 6’8 and has nice mobility so he is an exciting piece. Combine that with some very talented u23s and I can start to see a squad developing I still hope to add to the squad and aim to carry around 20 players all said and done.
One of the things I would stress to the players is we aren’t going to change things overnight but I do believe that I can help establish a competitive NT and I am committed to that goal in the long term. I’m not a guy who has moved from program to program and I hope I can bring some stability to the position of Wales NT Head Coach.”
Mathew Broderick 6’8 Plymouth
Jamie Rodwell 6’8 Hemel Storm
Alan Duppa 6’7 Unattached
Sean Thomas 6’7 Unattached
Tom Nightingale 6’4 Unattached
Ben Potts 6’4 Unattached
Sam Roberts 6’1 Unattached
Matty Roberts 6’3 King’s Lynn Fury
Neal Allen 6’2 Sefton Stars
Nico Wilson 6’1 Worcester Wolves D3
Ollie Trotman 6’2 Unattached
Tom North 5’10 Sheffield Uni
Danny Walsh 6’1 Sefton Stars
Connor Easter 5’10 Worcester Wolves D3
Mishak Napton 5’10 Cardiff Met