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Briefing for the basketball membership of England, Scotland and WalesB
Jul 6, 2018, 3:03 pm


After months of negotiations, a way forward has been agreed to protect and grow the future of British Basketball. The Home Country Associations (HCAs) of England, Scotland and Wales, along with UK Sport and the UK Government have all helped to craft a sustainable and affordable plan that will safeguard the interests of all our members, whether at grass roots or in our national teams.


To reach this position we have worked closely with a number of crucial stakeholders, including the British Basketball League (BBL), alongside strong support from the Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch, Alex Sobel MP, Sir Mike Penning MP, UK Sport and Sport England. We would like to thank them for their support during negotiations.


Our immediate focus


Unfortunately, the agreement had to be reached via the calling of an Exceptional General Meeting involving HCAs and British Basketball Federation (BBF), the organisation that runs the GB national teams. It was not possible to get complete agreement with BBF Board on crucial aspects of the way forward. As a result, the Board of BBF has elected to resign.


We will now work together to formulate a detailed way forward that all the governing bodies in the sport will deliver in partnership to achieve the following:


•         Keep our national teams on court and engage them more in the sport as a whole

•         Ensure continued solvency for BBF and file BBF annual accounts, which are still outstanding

•         Ensure that BBF is fit for purpose in terms of structure and the composition of its Board

•         Provide a forum for everyone to work together on key issues, including, but not limited to, performance basketball

•         Work together in raising significant commercial revenue

•         Share ideas and resources wherever possible.


All parties will now immediately focus on getting GB teams on court and reducing management overheads as we work to develop the sport from a strong foundation. 


Building strong HCAs and a strong GB


At the heart of discussions has been one central question: should we financially damage community basketball that is the lifeblood of our sport and that offers hope and opportunity to thousands of young people, in the hope of achieving success at GB level?


Throughout this process, the associations of England, Scotland and Wales have been united in their belief that success at GB level will only occur with strong HCAs, with effective pathways through to the senior teams, and with an acceptance that we are not an affluent sport at this time and need to cut our cloth accordingly. However, we believe that being pragmatic does not stop us from being ambitious for the sport we love.


We are acutely conscious that making the necessary cuts will be difficult in the short term. However, our priority in balancing the budget will be to keep players on court above all else, including working to ensure that we are able to field strong under-20s GB teams.


We believe that we need to work within our means and make sure that our resources are allocated to the community game, as well as the talent system. We believe that strong relationships within the game will be the foundation for strong and sustainable national teams, both on and off the court.


Recent media leaks


We would like to apologise to the basketball community across Great Britain which has had to deal with a confusing and fragmented picture of recent discussions with the British Basketball Federation, especially over the last few weeks, due to a steady stream of leaked information.


Direct communication with our membership is always important and we believe that there is a right way to do this. These leaks were out of our control and the HCAs have been united in refusing to engage in such tactics, which we believe only served to damage our sport.


Working together


As a national basketball community, we have seen that great things can happen when we come together. The Jr. NBA, the Special Olympics, amazing performances for Scotland and England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the recent coming together of community and national bodies to keep courts affordable in Edinburgh are all examples.  Unsung volunteers across GB are putting in time and effort to support those initiatives in clubs, schools, and with our GB teams. We believe that team work is vital to the future success for our sport.


We will make additional updates to the membership of our associations in the near future.


Joint Statement by the Home Country Associations on the future of British Basketball
Jul 3, 2018, 3:22 pm

In response to the recent media coverage, the Home Country Associations (HCAs) of England, Scotland and Wales wish to jointly clarify their position to our membership and to GB players in relation to current negotiations on the future of British Basketball.


We wish to confirm that all HCAs remain committed to working towards a structure and model for British Basketball that keeps GB teams on the floor for the long term and allows all parts of our sport to thrive and develop.


We value a strong BBF built on long-term financial stability, equality of access, strong foundations, mutual respect and a collegiate way of working.  We are seeking a sustainable, long-term plan for British Basketball that does not put other areas of our sport at significant risk.


We acknowledge that there is some distance between the proposals being put forward by the BBF and this position. However, we do not believe that playing out aspects of these ongoing discussions in a public forum is beneficial for the sport or helpful to our members. Therefore, we are committed to continuing to have honest and frank dialogue directly with colleagues within HCAs and with British Basketball.

GDPR - How Basketball Wales is keeping your personal data secure
May 24, 2018, 5:06 pm


Basketball Wales (BW) understands that your privacy is important to you, and we want you to be assured that your personal data is safe, secure and used for the sole purpose it is intended for according to our Data Protection Policy.


As of the 25 May 2018 new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, this requires Basketball Wales to update how we collect, use and store members personal data.


We have updated our Privacy Notice and Data Protection Policy to ensure that they are in line with the GDPR changes and also make it clear to members how we process their data and for what purposes. All these updated document can also be found in the Downloads section.


We are currently in the process of communicating with our membership to update marketing preferences to ensure we have ‘Opt In’ Permission so Basketball Wales can continue to keep our members informed via email of news, courses, events and special offers. Members can unsubscribe from these emails at any time by simply clicking the ‘Unsubscribe’ button at the bottom of the email. Alternatively you can email enquiries@basketballwales.com and we can complete this process for you.


Individuals Rights

Individuals and organisations on which Basketball Wales holds information have the right to:  

  1. The right to be informed
  2. The right of access
  3. The right to rectification
  4. The right to erasure
  5. The right to restrict processing
  6. The right to data portability
  7. The right to object
  8. Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.


More information with regards to each individual right can be found on the ICO website –



Online Registering System 

Users of the Basketball Wales online registration system do so in accordance with the Basketball Wales Privacy and Data Protection policy.  Any information provided by will be held by Basketball Wales on its computer records in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations.


Club Contact details will be placed on the Basketball Wales’ website, if you do not wish to have your club contact details on the Basketball Wales website please contact Basketball Wales at enquiries@basketballwales.com and we will remove your club contact details from our website.


We will also from time to time send individual members electronic communication via email. If you do not want to receive these communications please contact us at enquiries@basketballwales.com informing us that you no longer wish to receive these communications or click the opt-out link at the bottom of the communication. Moving forward our membership system will change to an opt-in marketing preferences and this will be fully operational in time for the new season registration 2018/19.


GDPR and Clubs

GDPR will also affect many of our clubs and leagues, the Sport and Recreation Alliance have developed a toolkit which can be found via the link below. This kit contains a number of useful resources and templates to assist sporting organisations take the necessary steps to become complaint with GDPR



New online shop for ordering Basketball Wales kit
May 17, 2018, 1:02 pm

We are pleased to announce that we have a new retail partner and an online shop to take the stress out of ordering Basketball Wales kit.


Cameron Seeley, Basketball Wales Performance Director said, “We are delighted to be working with Stephen Vickers and his team at Eurologo in Bridgend. We believe that they have the personnel and the experience to deliver a high quality and timely service to all our National Teams, providing them with the Givova kit they need for training and competitions”.


Eurologo Director Stephen Vickers added, “We are very excited and honoured to enter into this new partnership with Basketball Wales.  We pride ourselves on offering a professional service and look forward to providing teams with their kit and other accessories, and we welcome all queries and any specific requests from teams.  We hope that this is the start of a very long-standing relationship”.


Also, if any Basketball Wales affiliated clubs would like to set up an online club shop to help take the hassle out of ordering team kit, just email Stephen on stephen@eurologo.co.uk he will be happy to discuss all the available options and provide competitive rates to clubs on all Givova products as well supplying other brands.


The new Eurologo Basketball Wales online shop can be found at www.eurologo.co.uk/online-shop you’ll also find a link from the Basketball Wales homepage.

Ed Warner Appointed Interim Chair of British Basketball
May 16, 2018, 1:09 pm

Ed Warner, former Chair of UK Athletics and the British Equestrian Federation, has today been named as Interim Chair of British Basketball.  Warner, who also chaired the bid and organising committee for the London 2017 World Athletics Championships and has a long career in city finance, will start in his role immediately. 


Ed Warner said:


“I am delighted to have been appointed Interim Chair of British Basketball at such a pivotal time for the sport. Basketball has genuine mass appeal and, as the recent Commonwealth Games showed, our elite teams can deliver on the world stage when given the opportunity. I look forward to working with my Board colleagues, the sport’s wide range of stakeholders and potential partners to ensure a sustainable, vibrant and inspiring future for the sport at the elite level.”


Ed Warner joins a British Basketball Board that was recently strengthened by the appointment of four new Directors; Andrew Billingham, Emir Feisal, Sadie Mason and John Zerafa.  The new appointments bring a wealth of experience from Sport, Finance, Commercial, Marketing and Communications.   


The British Basketball board comprises 10 members, including representatives of England, Scotland and Wales Basketball, and is the body recognised by FIBA to run and manage GB’s elite Basketball programmes at U16, U18, U20 and senior levels. 




For more information, please contact:


British Basketball

Knowledge Dock Business Centre, 4-6 University Way, London E16 2RD

Email: media@basketballgb.com


The British Basketball Federation (BBF) is the British National Governing Body with responsibility for British teams playing in all FIBA competitions.


The vision and strategic outcomes of the BBF are to unify all major partners in Britain to work together to build the sport from grassroots to world class GB teams by engaging people in the sport.


For more information on the British Basketball Federation please visit:


Website http://www.gbbasketball.com


Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GBBasketball


Twitter https://twitter.com/gbbasketball

Vacancy - Basketball Wales Administrator
May 11, 2018, 10:06 am

Job Title:

Basketball Wales Administrator

Contract Type:

One Year Fixed Term Contract

Hours of Work:

17.5 hours per week


£17,000 per annum pro-rata, plus benefits including pension and annual leave


Home-based primarily with some travel for meetings. Meetings are usually held at Sport Wales offices, Cardiff , CF11 9SW

Closing Date:

23.59pm on 25 May 2018 

Interview Dates:

Week commencing 4 June 2018


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a paid, part-time Administrator to join Basketball Wales and provide administrative support to the Board of Directors in delivering services to our diverse membership and the wider Basketball community in Wales, as Basketball Wales increases its focus on grassroots development and on opportunities to grow the sport.


We require a pro-active individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the successful candidate will play a pivotal role across the performance, participation and educational activities of Basketball Wales. They will have strong organisational skills, have good attention-to-detail, be able to work independently and interact with the Directors and with our members across Wales.


General Administration

  • Day-to-day administrative tasks, including dealing with membership queries, maintaining the National Body’s events calendar;


  • Provide transactional support to the Finance Director, including upkeep of the finance system;


  • Support the Safeguarding Officer in maintaining governance policies and related controls; and


  • Aid with the processing of DBS checks and compliance of members and volunteers




  • Provide organisational support for the delivery of coaching, officiating and other courses




  • Collaborating with the Board to organise and deliver an audit of membership to help identify areas for the further services to be provided.


  • Provide administrative support for the delivery of the Mini Basketball Award Scheme and for the delivery of pilot programmes for Clubs and Communities.




  • Provide administrative support to the National Teams, including record-keeping, compliance with safeguarding requirements and centralising the organization of events.


The list above is not to be considered exclusive or exhaustive as there may be other duties and requirements associated with the post, which the Board may call upon the post holder to perform.


For further infomation and guidance please read the full job description for this new role.


To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter outlining why you would be a good fit for this role to enquiries@basketballwales.com



This post is supported by Sport Wales

With a busy few months ahead, the Senior Men National Team are in a good place
May 3, 2018, 10:32 am

In April, the Senior Men National Team continued with their training and development with a 3-day camp held at Cardiff Met University, home of the Cardiff Met Archers.


Head Coach James Bamfield said:

“After a fantastic Christmas camp which saw the side beat NBL Div 2 side Thames Valley Cavaliers, enthusiasm was high and with a growing belief in our philosophy, serious strides are being made on court. Everyone in the group put a lot of work in early to ensure we had a great culture of relentless development. More recently we have started to put more emphasis on the standards we need to uphold to compete at the highest level, as I discussed after the Celtic Clash held in Scotland last year, we weren’t prepared to compete, but if we can implement the standards we have been discussing we will be a tough team to play against going forward. To then get within 20 point of Bristol Flyers pre-season and then to make a 60-point against Thames Valley shows the type of progress we are making.”


Match Report

Wales 78 vs 76 Thames Valley Cavaliers

James Dawe 29pts

Lewis Tucker 12pts

Tom Nightingale 10pts


"A shaky start allowed the Cavs to jump out to a 9-2 start and some may have suspected another demolition job was in the offing. However, after a timeout to calm the jitters, Wales responded well led by captain fantastic James Dawe. The introduction of Cardiff City’s dynamic back court of Zak Mohamed and Lewis Tucker really brought the game to life and although the NT trailed there was a sense that it was game on. Dawe landed another eight points while all ten players made telling contributions for Wales and by the half time interval the score was all tied at 38.


Thames Valley looked to respond after the interval, flying high in NBL D2 and having lost out to D1 Hemel in the National Cup by just one basket they were confident in their ability. Sure, enough they upped the intensity on defence and were able to convert this into fast break opportunities as they threatened to blow the game open. Jamie Rodwell had other ideas and answered with a face line dunk and 2 more baskets to leave the gap at 8 going into the 4th.


Cavs lead grew further to eleven but after an early timeout the high scoring duo of James Dawe (13in 4th) and Lewis Tucker (7 in 4th) showed fantastic potential as they rattled off 20 points between them. Tucker who is averaging 30 points per game in D3 landed a huge three from the corner to take a two-point advantage with 14 seconds to play. TVC’s Banks Jr. responded with a jumper to tie the game with 4 seconds to play but as Dawe advanced up court Cavs reached in and fouled with .5 to play. Dawe calmly stepped up and knocked in the clutch FTs to seal a moral boosting victory.”


Last season’s focus was on talent ID and development, but this year we have starting to implement standards to raise performance. I expected an improved performance against Thames Valley and hoped for some vindication for our approach but was absolutely delighted to get a win. The individual growth in guys like Alex Koukouravas and Ashton Allen is nothing short of phenomenal and with Lewis Tucker and James Dawe scoring freely within our system we look capable of 80 plus points. Captain James Dawe was amazing, he had a bit of a disrupted year during my first year as Head Coach due to injury; but has now settled in and his leadership made a huge difference. I’m looking forward to seeing his growth in that role.”


The year ahead...

Andrew Purnell, lead assistant said “The players have really bought in to our belief regarding player development. When the current coaching team took over, we had only a handful of guys playing National League and only Jamie Rodwell playing at the highest level. When you look at the squad now, nearly everyone is playing NBL D3 or above. It’s exciting to now start to attract in other guys playing at those levels such as Jonny Hall who plays for Ipswich in D2, a legit 7ft who will be going to Colorado on a scholarship, and Jack Preston from Northumbria in D1.”


James Bamfield added, “I am delighted with the talent in our squad. We now 25 guys who are committed to the programme and regularly attend camps. We continue to evaluate talent and to create a high-performance environment. We are all working diligently to improve everything we are doing, improving our fundamentals, how we handle pressure, how we space the floor, our decision making in pick and rolls, our use of the post and our defensive schemes.


It’s a really exciting year with a clear schedule starting to take shape. We will host a USA select team, travel to the World Club Basketball Tournament, face a couple of BBL sides and then hopefully the Celtic Clash.


After giving the players a short break at the end of a long season national league, the senior men will be holding camps in June, July and August in preparation.


Wales Senior Men National Team Long List


Point Guards

Alex Koukaravis, Surrey BUCS

Danny Walsh, Chester D3

Zak Mohammed, Cardiff City D3

Asa Waite, Cardiff Met D3

Connor Easter, Worcester Uni BUCS



James Dawe, Cardiff Met D3

Keiran Horrigan, Cardiff Met D3

Lewis Tucker, Cardiff City D3

Jonathan Thorne, Cardiff City D3

Joe Parkinson, Sefton D4

Neal Allen, Liverpool D2

Jack Preston, Northumbria D1

Sam Roberts, Free agent

Phil Warren, RCT Gladiators D4

Nico Pele Wilson, Worcester Uni BUCS

James Lloyd, USA

Connor Hetherton, Worcester Uni BUCS



Gareth Williams, Cardiff Met D3

Eddie Kizito, Cardiff Met D3

Mathew Broderick, Free agent

Patrick Licosso, Cardiff City D3

Jonny Hall, Ipswich D2

Jamie Rodwell, Essex Leopards D2

Ashton Allen, Cardiff City

Tom Nightingale, Free agent

Jamie Cameron, Brunell BUCS


Do you play senior basketball? Do you think that this is something that you’d be interested in?

If you qualify to play for Wales either through birth, parentage or residency please contact communications@basketballwales.com

Easter training camp for the U23 men
Apr 11, 2018, 8:03 am

 The U23 men continued their preparations for a summer of internationals with an evaluation and training camp.


Hosted by the University of Worcester, Alex Radu of the Worcester Wolves and Basketball Wales, the camp was designed to evaluate the progress of the squad since the last camp held in London.


Thanks to the outstanding facilities on offer, the squad was able to make use of on-court facilities as well as classroom spaces. Coach Diccon Lloyd-Smeath was extremely grateful for the opportunity and said after the camp:


“After our last camp in London, we were very grateful to London Thunder for the opportunity to play games and look at some different players. This was very much the case again. I can’t thank Alex Radu and the Worcester programme enough. Thanks to the of availability and flexibility of court space and classrooms, we were able to get a lot done and learn a lot more in two days than we would normally expect.


We came into camp with a squad of 20 guys, including some younger players from the Futures Programme that we hadn’t seen before and some returning senior players. The camp gave me and the rest of the coaching team the opportunity to put players into different situations and then evaluate them in games against different levels of opponents.


As a coaching team, we also learned a huge amount about where we are as squad, what has transferred, what has embedded and most importantly what we need to work on. We’ve collected a ton of extra information, seen some new players and spent some invaluable time together, and I can’t wait for the next one!”

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