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Deng backs introduction of Club Skills Guide
May 14, 2015, 2:12 pm

Deng backs introduction of Club Skills Guide


Great Britain and NBA star Luol Deng is backing the introduction of a British Basketball Club Skills Guide to help the development of coaches in the UK 


The new British Basketball coaching resource is being released this week to the home countries. 


It is specifically designed for clubs, schools and national league teams and has a clear focus on teaching the game and its fundamental skills.


“The Club Skills Guide (CSG) has been designed as the minimum standard for teaching and coaching basketball at club level in the UK and will be made available through the home nation governing bodies,” explained National Teams Director, Warwick Cann.


“I believe it completes a significant coach guidance package and provides a compelling link between the recent public release of the ‘Areas of Emphasis’ document and coaching at club level.


“Each age group also has different challenges for coaches in terms of player readiness to learn, experience and skill level - the CSG discusses and supports these challenges.”


The introduction of the CSG has been endorsed by Deng, who also believes it can make a big difference.


“Every year I see the incredible passion that all of the coaches have for the game which is amazing,” stated the Miami Heat small forward.


“But we also need education and development to help fuel that passion into good consistent teaching across the whole of the UK.


“The Club Skills Guide is a great step forward to help coaches develop skills of players.”


Specifically there are four key modules in the CSG designed to assist clubs and coaches in the planning, organisation, delivery and development of young basketball players.


• Club Coaching Guidance – Describes the role of the coach and club in each player’s development through teaching and understanding.

• Age Group Organisation – Identifies the stages of player development and how they fit within international basketball.

• Planning for Training – Details the priority for training and the relevance of competition, as well as keys to improving practice.

• Game Style and Principles of Play –Clarifies the phases, principles and priorities of individual and team tactics.


The CSG also incorporates competency and coaching checklists, as well as annual season plans for each age group.


“The Club Skills Guide is an important tool for the development of our future players, coaches and coaching standards within progressive clubs,” stressed Vladan Dragosavac, Technical and Performance Manager for Basketball England


“This is an excellent resource on the four key areas all successful coaches and clubs require to achieve higher standards in player development.


“We are able, for the first time, to provide practical guidance for clubs on the ‘what’ to coach for developing players; the ‘how’ to coach in terms of planning and content and most importantly; where the focus for clubs should be to secure further player development and improvements in playing standards at all levels and ages.


“The Guide brings the ‘Areas of Emphasis’ to life, providing practical tools and assistance to help clubs and coaches construct better player development programmes.”


The sentiment was also echoed by Barry Lang, Head of Basketball at basketballscotland.


He stated, "The Club Skills Guide is an awesome toolkit for both players and coaches.


“The ability to break down key technical and tactical elements of the game in to bite size chunks helps the reader understand fundamental 'age and stage' skills.


“basketballscotland will be utilising this excellent resource in our Coach Education and Performance Programme.”


Meanwhile Basketball Wales Director, Gavin Williams added, “The Club Skills Guide (CSG) will be launched by Basketball Wales via the two regional leagues that operate in the principality - these are the South Wales Basketball Association (SWBA) and the North Wales Basketball Association (NWBA).”


The CSG will also be implemented within the Basketball Wales Regional Development squads covering North, East, South and West Wales Regions. 


CSG Author Warwick Cann had the last word and concluded, “My hope is that the CSG will really help clubs and coaches to raise the skill level of players in the UK.


“Many who have reviewed it say it’s exactly what is needed and it’s now over to the club coaches to implement.”


For more information and an introduction animation, please click here.




Any Basketball Wales affiliated clubs who have wish to be part of the roll out of the new Club skills guide in Wales should email their respective leagues swba@basketballwales.com or nwba@basketballwales.com for further details. Schools and Coaches should email coach_education@basketballwales.com

Sarah Wagstaff appointed as GB Basketball Operations Manager
Apr 9, 2015, 12:53 pm

Basketball wales would like to congratulate Sarah Wagstaff on her recent appointment as GB Basketball Operations Manger.


Sarah will be responsible for the co-ordination and operation of all GB international basketball programmes. This incorporates organising the training and competition requirements for the men's and women's senior and U20 teams. The Senior Women's team will be competing in EuroBasket this summer with the hope of qualifying for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Rio2016.


Sarah is a WBBL player for Cardiff Met Archers, is the Club Secretary, coaches the Cardiff Met Archers U16 girls team, is a regular referee and table official in the South Wales Basketball league as well as a BasketballWales Table Official tutor and a UKCC Coaching Tutor. Sarah lectures in Performance Coaching at Cardiff Met.

Mar 23, 2015, 11:53 am

National Team Coach Update
Mar 3, 2015, 7:35 pm

Basketball Wales are pleased to confirm the full Wales Senior Mens team coaching line up. 

Michael Halpin will be joining as Assistant Coach and Michael comes to us with a long and successful career, with multiple National League titles to his name, firstly with  Cheshire Jets and now with Cheshire Wire. 

Michael will also fill the role of Head Coach of the 3x3 National Team Programme, which will see him preparing the U18's boy's and girl's teams for this year’s European Championships.


Head Coach, Keith Mair will also be joined by 2 Development Assistant Coaches, Bryan Culliford will move from the U18's programme after this year’s European Championships to Senior Men, with Coach Oakey moving up to U18's with his present squad to prepare for 2016. Coach Culliford will also head the ENDC Sport Science and Focus Player Programme which are new to the ENDC for 2016. Coach Culliford has been involved with the ENDC for the last 5 years and his knowledge of the players that have come through the programme in that time will be invaluable to Coach Mair developing a team as we move forward. The second Development Assistant Coach, Emerson Westerbuy is another new coach to the Welsh Programme and also comes to us with a reputation for success with his present club, Peckham Pride. Emerson will have the responsibility also of head coaching the U20's Men National Team so that the philosophy of the Senior Men's can be implemented into the next generation through his involvement with both programmes.


Tommy Walsh will continue as Team Manager for the Senior Men. Other changes in coaching roles are Chris Price will move up with his U15's squad to coach the U16's boys’ team in 2016 and Justin Thomson will also be moving up for his first taste European competition as a Head Coach of U16's girl's for the 2016 European Championships.




I am sure you will join us in wishing all our coaches and teams the best of success for this summer and as we move into 2016.






Head Coach, Great Britain U20 Women - Job Specification
Feb 21, 2015, 9:53 am

To View the Job Specification Click this link 




To apply, please send a CV and personal statement outlining your experience and how you meet the person specification (with particular emphasis on your technical coaching abilities) to the BB office by e-mail to office@basketballgb.com or by post to British Basketball, 4-6 University Way, London E16 2RD by 17:00 on Friday 6th March 2015. Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 16th March.

South Wales Basketball League to trial ‘Ref Cam’ at Division 1 Cup Final
Feb 12, 2015, 11:16 pm

For the first time in its history, the South Wales Basketball Association will trial the use of an on board referee camera in Friday night’s highly anticipated Division 1 Cup final between Cardiff City Basketball Club and Cardiff Met Archers.

Match referee Gavin Williams will have a small sized HD quality camera attached to a chest strap which will be worn over the referee’s shirt for the duration of the match. Footage recorded from the game will then be analysed post-game to review a number of aspects of the game including foul calls, out of bounds plays, violations and crucially the positioning of the referee when making decisions.

SWBA has already taken a positive step forward this year to assist referee training by introducing 3 referees on selected games in Division 1 and on all Cup and Play off Finals. Using this on board camera technology is another step in right direction for the league to assist with referee development.

Speaking about this latest development,  National Referee Instructor for Wales, Mr William Jones said “This is a great initiative for the league, it will help us as a group of referees to analyse our calls from the angle and view which they are made and will help to improve the education and training of our referees tremendously. After the game we can review certain plays or situations that may need discussing and then we can quickly upload the clips from the ‘ref cam’ to our dedicated online referee channel for all our officials to view and comment on”.

Referee cameras have been used in a number of different sports including Rugby Union, Rugby League and most recently in Basketball in the Euro League in a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona; footage from this game can be seen by clicking this link:


The game will also be recorded using traditional floor mounted cameras positioned outside the court and then the footage from these cameras and the ‘ref cam’ will be edited by South Wales Basketball Player Richard Harrison to give SWBA fans a unique insight into exactly what the referee sees during a game. Game footage will be posted to the South Wales Basketball Facebook Page.

Friday’s SWBA Cup Final tips off at 8:15pm at Llandarcy Academy of Sport, Neath, SA10 6JD. Doors open at 7:30pm. Entry is £1 for U18s and £2 seniors.

Basketball Wales appoints World Class Coach as Senior Men’s Head Coach.
Feb 4, 2015, 10:02 am

Keith Mair has been appointed Senior Head Coach to Wales’ to mens national basketball team.

Keith, the former New Zealand mens Head Coach, who currently resides in North Wales brings a wealth of top class International basketball experience to Wales. Most notably, Keith led the New Zealand Tall Blacks to qualify for the 2000 Olympic Games as well as leading them to qualify for 2 World Championships. He has also had a long career as a Head Coach within the professional league in New Zealand. 

Keith is very familiar with Basketball in the UK as he also held the position as CEO of England Basketball between 2003 and 2013.

Keith said “I am very pleased to take on this role, and would hope to be able to support and develop our coaching network and also benefit the progression of International and elite Basketball in Wales through my experiences of working in New Zealand and England Basketball”.

Darren Oakey, Director of Elite National Development and board member of Basketball Wales said ‘ I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to secure the services of Keith.  I am very excited about the wealth of knowledge and experience he can bring to all areas of our International Programme. We are looking forward to releasing the new training calendar for the Senior Men's preparation for the 2016 European Championships along with the new Head Coach's support staff very soon.

Justin Ogleby, CEO and Chairman of Basketball Wales commented ‘ Keith joining our Elite Programme demonstrates our commitment to improving the standards and progression of our elite teams and athletes. We are hoping that Keith's involvement in our development programme will be cascaded down to regional and grass roots development. We are seeing increased participation and this will act as a further catalyst to change and growth. We are thrilled to have him on board.

Under Armour Performance Mouthwear announced as new member partner with Basketball Wales
Feb 3, 2015, 4:44 pm

We are delighted to announce a partnership with Under Armour Mouthwear offering the latest in mouthguard technology to Basketball Wales members.

 Under Armour have introduced an innovative new range of mouthguards, including the first microwaveable guard, fully remouldable mouthguards, hi-viz and flavoured options as well as a mouthguard for basketball players using braces.

There is also a special mouthguard for  basketball: - UA Hoops: a microwavable low profile design and dentist-like custom fit make speaking and breathing easier, enabling better on court performance and communication.

We have agreed a special 30% discount offer to introduce the new range to Basketball Wales members. 

Go to www.performancemouthwearuk.co.uk and enter code BBWALES for your Basketball Wales discount and free mouthguard case.

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