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Basketball Wales National Team Vacancy - Senior Men Assistant Coach
Mar 14, 2016, 10:48 am


Applications are invited for the roles of Assistant Coach for the Wales Senior Men National Team. Two positions are available.

The position is voluntary and is for the one cycle through to the conclusion of Summer 2016.

Applicants should forward the completed application form together with a covering letter and brief CV by email to LucyWitt@basketballwales.com by Monday 21st March 2016.  Interviews to be held in Cardiff or via phone on either 26th / 27th March 2016.


Job Specification and Application form links below









Denis Campbell appointed as Basketball Wales Sponsorship Manager
Mar 4, 2016, 11:34 am

Basketball Wales (BW) is pleased to announce that following a successful advertisement and interview process Mr Denis Campbell (Pictured above) has been appointed as the new Basketball Wales Sponsorship manager.


Many of you will know Denis from his involvement in Welsh Basketball as one of our senior referees since moving to Wales almost 12 years ago.


Denis has an extensive background in sports marketing including helping to devise a marketing strategy and campaign for the Miami Heat in 1998 when the Heat first entered the NBA as a new franchise.


Denis has also advised and worked on many other major sports events including PGA of America and Bank of Boston/Deutsche Bank Classic, America's Cup yacht racing (Newport) and the Ryder Cup 2010 (Wales)


Denis is looking forward to the challenge of helping to grow the marketing and sponsorship potential of Basketball Wales.


Denis can be contacted at the following email - sponsorship@basketballwales.com

Watch out there are new referees about...
Mar 1, 2016, 4:55 pm

Congratulations to all the candidates who successfully participated in Basketball Wales Level 1 Referee Course held at the LC Swansea on 27 February 2016. 


Great to see a mix of players and parents from Tonyrefail Tigers, Pontypridd Panthers, Vale Vipers, Baglan Blazers and Cardiff Met Archers in attendance taking their first step on the referee pathway. 


Good luck refereeing your first games!



Former Welsh International Player John Davidson has passed away
Feb 29, 2016, 11:31 am


Basketball Wales is saddened to hear that former Welsh international player Mr John Davidson from Newport has passed away. John is pictured above with Bulgarian International Giorgi Glouchkov who was the first European player to be drafted by an NBA team. The picture was taken at the Celtic Manor Hotel where Wales hosted the FIBA Europe General Assembly in 2013. During this event John was recognised by Basketball Wales and FIBA for his contribution to Welsh Basketball


John was a former player at Newport Basketball Club and received numerous international caps representing Wales. One of the highlights of John's international representation was being part of the Welsh team that won the home nations championships with victories against both England and Scotland.


John's funeral will take place on Thursday 10th March at St. Johns Church, Maindee, Newport NP19 8GR at 12 noon and followed by committal at Gwent Crematorium Croesycieliog at 1.30pm.


The picture below shows John and other Welsh Players and Coaches being recognised by Basketball Wales and FIBA for their commitment and services to Welsh Basketball.



Basketball Wales - National Team Vacancy U16 Girls
Feb 15, 2016, 3:37 pm

Applications are invited for the role of Assistant Coach for the Wales U16 Girls National Team.


The position is voluntary and is for the one cycle through to the conclusion of Summer 2016.


Applicants should forward the completed application form together with a covering letter and brief CV by email to LucyWitt@basketballwales.com by Friday 26th February 2016.  


Job Spec - http://basketballwales.com/index.php?downloadreq=56857

Application Form - http://basketballwales.com/index.php?downloadreq=56856

Basketball Wales Articles of Association (Constitution)
Feb 12, 2016, 1:50 pm

Dear Basketball Wales Member


The board of Basketball Wales are looking to update and amend the current Articles of Association (AoA) of Basketball Wales.


A copy of the current articles can be downloaded from the Basketball Wales website via this link.




Basketball Wales would appreciate any input or views you may have on the current AoA and any amendments or points you would like to be considered when the new articles are written.


Please email suggestions to our legal director - jonathanshefford@basketballwales.com by Frday 18th March 2016



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British Basketball is Changing - Be Part of It
Feb 4, 2016, 12:23 pm


The futureofbasketball.co.uk is designed to communicate the new ambition and intentions for Basketball across Britain and provide a measured and engaging process for anyone interested in the game or wishing to support it. This is a key moment for this great sport so please be part of it to help us determine the games direction, future and impact on the nation.



The scope of the new basketball strategy is from grass roots participation to creating the best teams in our Home Nations and for Great Britain representation. We want more people to play, volunteer and be part of it. We have the ambition to attract significant investment across the sport and compete better to succeed at the highest level.



futureofbasketball.co.uk is facilitated by Basketball England on behalf of the Basketball Home Nations (England, Scotland and Wales) which have agreed to work together to form a unified voice for the game and formal joint governance arrangements at the elite level. This is now sanctioned as the British Basketball Federation. This ensures compliance with FIBA (the world Governing body for Basketball) rules to compete in international competition as Great Britain, and importantly as individual nations for the Commonwealth Games and other designated tournaments.

But it's much more than just elite. We will also work together on building a strategy for the whole of the game and implement change for the better in each respective nation and support for a better future.


THREE TO COLLABORATE - Join the Conversation

We are keen to bring the basketball community and delivery partners together with a collaborative and inclusive approach (which seeks to make sure that the total is greater than the sum of the parts). Delivery partners should share the vision for the sport and know how they contribute to the ‘big picture’ of basketball in Britain.

The futureofbasketball.co.uk is a simple engagement website and will provide information and discussion points as we undertake the new strategy development for basketball across Britain. It's also designed to encourage feedback and get the nations views on the future of the game, whether you are in the game or would like to get involved. It will be a better game if we consider the views of many together. This will ensure we do the right things to govern and grow the sport long term



Interview with Senior Men's Captain Jordan Seeley
Jan 1, 2016, 7:20 pm

BW - HI Jordan, can you tell us a bit about your current domestic season - where you’re playing and how the team is currently doing? What are your goals for the second half of the season?


JS -This year I am playing in Spain with Colomer Dental Algeciras, we are currently 7-1 with one game left in the first round of fixtures. We are pushing hard for promotion after the club narrowly missed out last year. The Spanish promotion system is quite complicated, so we are fighting to get the #1 seed in our region, this would mean we play the #4 seed in a neighboring region in the first round of the Promotion Play-Offs. Promotion would be a bit of a double-edged sword for me, as I'm not sure how I will be able to balance the increased travel with my day job.


BW - The last Senior Men's tournament was in Gibraltar 2014, can you reflect back on that event and give us some thoughts on how you feel the tournament went for the team?

JS - Going into the tournament we had aspirations of winning the whole thing, as we had a lot of momentum going in from what was hands-down the best build up to a tournament that I have been part of. Unfortunately, we had one of those games against Scotland where nothing went right for us and everything went right for them and that really knocked us for six. After that we really struggled to get into any kind of rhythm.
Initially I felt that we really under achieved, but having had 18 months now to reflect I think I now have a better understanding of why we are where we are in the European pecking order. I still believe that winning the tournament is something that is possible based on our talent, but realistically we probably aimed too high last time. The issue in my opinion is that a lot of the other teams play and train together all season; I know I have definitely under estimated how much of an impact this has in the past. I know there are players we leave at home who would be rotation players for other teams at the tournament, but the fact is it's hard to throw together a bunch of individuals who have all been playing different styles of basketball all season and expect them to produce a coherent product on the floor. I think this is probably why you also see Scotland struggling with teams like Andorra and San Marino.


BW - Basketball Wales have recently announced the appointment of the new Senior Men's Head Coach, Kristaps Petrovs who is originally from Latvia; you've just had your first session with him, how did it go? And do you think having a coach with a European style background will benefit the team?


JS - I was very impressed with Coach Petrovs in our first session. He's found himself in a really difficult situation following Coach Mair's unfortunate withdrawal. Everyone was really looking forward to working with Keith and were hugely disappointed when he had to give up the post, hopefully his health will improve as it would be great to have him involved with Basketball Wales on some level once he has fully recovered. Keith's departure was always going to leave whoever came in with a massive challenge given the timescale, but based on last weekend I believe Kristaps is up to the task.
Kristaps definitely has an Eastern European aura of authority, it's clear he's a real disciplinarian. Given how limited our preparation time will be I think that is definitely going to benefit us. I am hoping that his experiences outside of the UK will benefit us when we get to the tournament, every team there has their own style, which itself is completely different to anything we are used to seeing in the UK. Inevitably it takes us a little while to adapt, so hopefully having a coach who might be familiar with their style can help us in that regard.
I am particularly excited about what Kristaps can offer basketball in Wales long term, it was clear straight away that he is a smart coach who is desperate to learn and grow, we can never have too many people like that in the system!


BW - FIBA have recently announced the venues for the Small Countries Championships 2016, the Senior Men are heading to Moldova. What are your thoughts on the upcoming summer tournament?


JS -I’ve never been to Moldova, it’s always nice to visit a new country. I think the tournament is going to be a big challenge for sure, with a new coach and such little preparation time it may be difficult for us to really be at our best. Having said that we’ve been building the core of a team with a lot of players of a similar age for a number of years now, as a result we have a number of experienced internationals in our mid 20’s now and we all know each other quite well. It’s our last tournament and I’m pretty excited about what we could potentially do if it all comes together, hopefully the tempered expectations going into this tournament can help Kristaps create the right kind of atmosphere for that to happen.

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