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Vets Now Sponsor Basketball Wales Senior Women's National Team
Jun 17, 2016, 3:37 pm


Basketball Wales would like to thank Vets Now who have kindly sponsored the Wales Senior women's International team who are heading to Gibraltar in 9 days time to compete in the FIBA European championships for Small Countries.


All the players, coaching staff and team management would like to extend a big thanks to Vets Now for their kind sponsorship contribution.


Vets Now is dedicated to improving the lives of pets and vets by providing emergency care when most vets' surgeries are closed. For pets, we're an out-of-hours accident and emergency service. For vets, we're trusted, expert partners providing an extension to the practice's daytime activity.


Vets Now was founded in 2001 by Richard Dixon, a veterinary surgeon who understood the stress of being on-call round the clock while trying to maintain a decent quality of life. His solution was Vets Now - a dedicated out of hours emergency and critical care service for pets.


You can visit the Vets Now Website at this link - https://www.vets-now.com/ or you can like thier Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/VetsNow/ 

Great Britain Senior Men’s schedule takes shape
Jun 17, 2016, 10:00 am

 The quest to punch a ticket for FIBA EuroBasket 2017 will involve Great Britain Senior Men embarking on a comprehensive preparation programme ahead of their crucial qualifying campaign.
Head Coach Joe Prunty and his players will assemble for the first phase of their training camp in Coimbra, Portugal on 07 August where they will stay for a week.
This opening chapter of preparation will see GB take part in a tournament involving Portugal and Germany, with games taking place on 12 and 13 August.
The team will then fly to Ljubljana on 15 August for five days of practice, which will centre around a friendly clash against Slovenia at the Tivoli Arena on 20 August.
By the 22 August, the final stretch of preparation will see the team based at the National Basketball Performance Centre at Belle Vue in Manchester.
There will be a scrimmage against Netherlands on 26 August and a ticketed game (details to follow in due course) against the same opponents on 27 August.
The team will then make the trip to Hungary on 31 August for their vital first EuroBasket 2017 qualifying game.
GB fans are being encouraged to do everything they can to help roar the players to three successive home victories in London at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The opening home game will take place on Saturday 03 September against FYR of Macedonia (6.30pm tip) and will be followed by match-ups against Luxembourg on Wednesday 07 September (7pm tip) and against Hungary on Saturday 10 September (6.30pm tip).
The qualifying campaign will conclude with road trips to FYR of Macedonia on 14 September and to Luxembourg on 17 September.
All of the home qualifying games will also be part of a wider ‘Festival of Basketball’ which will take place in both Manchester and London.
More details on the remaining  coaching and support staff will be made soon.
Tickets to the home qualifying games are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk/GBbasketball​​


Wales Senior Men's FIBA Squad Selection
Jun 14, 2016, 2:39 pm


Basketball Wales would like to congratulate the following 12 players that have been selected to represent Wales at this summers FIBA Senior Men's European Championship for Small Countries which takes place in Moldova


1. Gareth Priddle (Centre) Cardiff Met Archers
2. Alan Duppa (Centre) Sefton Stars
3. Daniel Walsh (Point Guard) Sefton Stars
4. Owen Williams (Point Guard) RCT Gladiators
5. James Dawe (Point Guard) Cardiff Met Archers
6. Sam Roberts (Guard) Worcester University
7. Robert Smith (Forward) Sefton Stars
8. Damian Edwards (Guard) Hemel Storm
9. Asa Waite (Guard) Cardiff Met Archers
10. Lloyd Roberts (Guard) Cardiff Met Archers / Barry Huskies
11. Ben Potts (Guard) Unattached
12. Edris Kizito (Forward) Cardiff Met Archers

Basketball Wales Coaching Clinic with GB Womens Head Coach Jose Maria Buceta
Jun 9, 2016, 12:15 pm

Basketball Wales are pleased to announce that GB Women's Head Coach Jose Maria Buceta will deliver a coaching clinic in Cardiff on the 23rd June 2016 between 6-9pm
Buceta has a vast coaching experience of the women’s game, having worked with female players for several decades.
Earlier in his career, Buceta was coach of the Spanish women’s national team for eight years and took them to fifth spot at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
He was also Technical Director for women ́s basketball for the Spanish Basketball Federation and then between 2009 and 2012, Buceta was head coach of the Bulgaria national team.
The clinic is FREE to attend simply email gavin@basketballwales.com to reserve your space. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Givova Announced as new Technical Kit Sponsor of Basketball Wales
Jun 1, 2016, 11:47 pm

Leading Italian international sportswear brand Givova has become the official and exclusive Technical Kit Sponsor of Basketball Wales for the next three years.


This new agreement will see all Basketball Wales National teams wearing Givova sportswear products for all our international competitions (FIBA and Home Nations), friendly matches, training sessions and other team events.


“The agreement with Givova is excellent news for Basketball Wales," stated Dr Steve Lloyd, the Chair of the Basketball Wales. “We look forward to working with Givova in the coming years to help them develop their Basketball brand in the country”.


Givova’s official agent in Wales – Millanoteamwear - are pleased with the announcement of the new sponsorship agreement with Givova. Managing Director Mr Mario Berzolla has commented “We are looking forward to working with Basketball Wales Clubs, Schools, Colleges and Universities to help develop basketball in Wales and to provide quality, competitively priced and innovative basketball products. In the coming weeks, details of special promotions and introductory offers at various price points will be announced via Basketball Wales


Milanoteamwear are based in Nelson, Mid Glamorgan and are official agents not only for basketball products but an extensive range of Givova products and provide design, embroidery and printing services.


Givova is an Italian sportswear company formed in 2008 by Giovanni Acamfora who has 25 years of experience in the manufacturing of sports garments.


Givova has emerged as one of the leading worldwide companies in its sector, with continual research into materials used, to offer the athlete maximum wearability, freedom of movement and a constant level of temperature during all phases of sporting activities.


Givova as a company now has dozens of sponsorship deals with top national and international football leagues. Givova is also known in the basketball world through its partnerships with national and international clubs such as Sportsclub Polisportiva Battipagliese and Dike Basket Club. The brand is also the “naming sponsor” of Scafati Basket club in the Italian League

Basketball Wales - Communications Officer Role
May 31, 2016, 9:55 pm

Basketball Wales are looking for a Communications Officer to join our team of dedicated volunteers.


Further details on this role can be found here




Closing Date for submitting a CV is Fiday 17th June 2016

Senior Womens FIBA Squad Announcement
May 28, 2016, 11:00 am


Basketball Wales would like to congratulate the following 12 players that have been selected to represent Wales at this summers FIBA Women's European Championship for Small Countries which takes place in Gibraltar.


1. Sarah Wagstaff - Captain Cardiff Met Archers
2. Megan Jenkins - Vice Captain Solent Suns
3. Jess Ross - Sefton Starlights 
4. Vanessa Waite - London Badgers
5. Katie McGibbon - Cardiff City
6. Jess Hunt - Durham University 
7. Jessica Gooch - Cardiff City
8. Melanie Curson - Solent Suns
9. Chloe Richards - Cardiff Met Archers
10. Laura Shanahan - Cardiff Met Archers
11. Holly Nichols - Cardiff City 
12. Sophie Evans - Leicester Riders

May 24, 2016, 8:56 am




Together with public input through the futureofbasketball.co.uk website, over 1000 people have contributed to this vision and high level strategy. However, this is just the beginning of the process and engagement, which we believe can change the way the sport works and also create a culture that will sustain growth in the long term.

It is very much a long term vision; it will take several Olympic cycles to build the GB teams to where they aspire to be and to build the sport from the grassroots up to create a stronger fan base, a bigger and better pool of players and officials -as well as increasing the awareness and profile of the sport across all age groups.

The passionate people who follow the teams, play the games, and administer the clubs at every level of the sport are the focus of this strategy. The BBF, together with its three Home Country Association members, are responsible for leading, co-ordinating and supporting their efforts to develop the sports many participants.

The document 'Transforming Basketball in Britain Together' is available HERE and will also be available on futureofbasketball.co.uk - together with a summary of the feedback from the public consultation.

The document identifies six interlinked strategic outcomes, the strategic objectives that underpin that and 10 immediate strategic priorities. The next step through six advisory working groups is to develop the actions plans to deliver these with milestones and targets against which progress will be measured. We will report back regularly on these working groups and it is intended to complete the whole process by the end of the year.

The BBF is grateful for the support of FIBA, Sport England and Deloitte for the process so far and for the commitment and engagement of all those who have contributed to the consultation process.

Sport England published its own strategy in response to the DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) Sporting Future on 19 May. We believe that as we develop the action plans and targets to support the transformation of basketball in Britain, the BBF and the Home County Associations will be able to set out the contribution the sport can make to those goals.

In particular, in targeting the inactive (especially in under 25 and over 50 age groups), in developing the women's game, by increasing the capabilities and enjoyment of children and young people in sport, in supporting the many volunteers who make sport happen and developing our core of regular and talented players. This will be enhanced by investing in facilities at the heart of communities and joining up the work and activity of basketball groups in those communities.

"The time is right to be taking on the challenge of transforming basketball in Britain with the coming together of the three home nations and in the context of the new DCMS led strategy for Active Nations. We have made the first steps in building the relationships to foster belief and confidence in our sport and we look forward to making progress in the months and years ahead." Nick Humby, BBF Chairman

"It is a very exciting time for basketball, with many opportunities to get the game at the forefront of the nation. Setting out a direction and ambition for the sport is just the start. The next phase will be about engaging more and making things happen. Basketball England will be asking clubs, coaches, referees, officials and other stakeholders, about their current and future needs. We'll use these responses to help us make better decisions and to become more accessible and sustainable. We'll be announcing our plans and ways to engage in the coming weeks." Stewart Kellett, CEO Basketball England.

"basketballscotland fully supports the drive to transform basketball together. We are working to ensure that our strategy for improving the game in Scotland, which is focussed on supporting clubs, and developing a performance system that can deliver both competitive Scottish teams for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and develop Scottish players to a standard where they can represent GB, is aligned to the wider plan." Kevin Pringle, CEO Basketball Scotland

"Basketball Wales is working hard to play its full role in the development of the strategy for basketball in Britain and is delighted that as a first step it has achieved recognition with Sport Wales for the recent governance changes made. In particular the Welsh board is working hard to grow the pool of talented young basketball players in schools and clubs." Stephen Lloyd, Chair of Basketball Wales.

"On behalf of the BBL and WBBL clubs, I welcome the new vision for the sport. Our clubs have an important role in the talent pathway, in the local communities and in supporting the profile of the sport. We have plans around many clubs for new arenas that will sit at the heart of local basketball communities." Kevin Routledge, BBL and WBBL.

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