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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.
ONE HOLSITIC APPROACH
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.
TWO TO DRIVE THIS FORWARD & BE ACCOUNTABLE
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
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.
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.
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.
Dec 16, 2015, 9:55 am
Senior Women back in Manchester for vital qualifiers
Great Britain Senior Women will return to Manchester for their two vital EuroBasket Women 2017 qualification games in February.
Head Coach Jose Maria Buceta will lead his side into Group C clashes with Albania and Montenegro, as the team looks to revive its prospects of reaching a fabulous fourth consecutive appearance at Eurobasket Women Final Round.
Having played their previous home tie against Italy at the Amaechi Centre in front of a passionate and packed home crowd, the action will now switch to the new National Basketball Performance Centre at Belle Vue Sports Village.
Fans are urged to get closer to the action and roar the team on to a pair of victories.
They will be able to give their backing to an array of Olympians, including the likes of Jo Leedham and Azania Stewart – as well as some of the biggest stars of the Women's British Basketball League (WBBL).
Great Britain will look to get off the mark with a victory against Albania on Saturday 20 February in a 7pm tip-off and will then lock horns with Montenegro on Wednesday 24 February in another 7pm start.
"When we needed a lift against Italy last month, the support from the fans in Manchester was very important for us and it helped us back into the game,” reiterated Coach Buceta.
"The players appreciate how much it means when everyone comes to the games and really brings the noise.
"While we didn't quite get the win against Italy, we feel we are moving in the right direction and with the help of the fans, we can get the two wins we need in February.”
For ticket information for the game against Albania click http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=BBLEAGUE&organ_val=46189&pid=8164000
For ticket information for the game against Montenegro click http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?agency=BBLEAGUE&organ_val=46189&pid=8164001
For more information on EuroBasket Women 2017 click http://www.fibaeurope.com/compID_pnlxO1HYJhUh%2CMTfrmUO03.season_2017.html
Dec 14, 2015, 1:00 pm
Basketball Wales is pleased to announce the appointment of Kristaps Petrovs who takes over as head coach of the men’s senior national team and will oversee the forthcoming FIBA small countries championships which will take place this summer in Chisinau, Moldova.
Petrovs steps into the vacant head coaching role following the departure of Coach Keith Mair who had to stand down for health reasons earlier this year. Basketball Wales would like to thank Keith for all the work he did during his time as head coach and wishes him a full and speedy recovery.
Petrovs who comes from Latvia has a vast array of coaching experience most notably as an assistant coach of Latvian professional club BK Valmiera and the U16 Latvian men’s team which competed at FIBA European championships in 2007
Petrovs holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science obtained from the Latvian academy of sports, and is also a certified strength and conditioning coach and personal trainer. Kristaps is currently undertaking his Master’s degree in strength and conditioning.
Speaking of this new appointment, Basketball Wales Chairman Dr Steve Lloyd said “We are very pleased to welcome Kristaps to the coaching team, we are very excited to have someone with his coaching experience and professional qualities to take on the head coaching role of our Senior men’s programme”
Kristaps starts his tenure as head coach with immediate effect and will oversee his first training session this coming weekend.
Dec 11, 2015, 4:14 pm
Innovation Hawk-Eye technology gets British Basketball onto screens worldwide
This exciting deal has been made possible by cutting edge technology supplied by UK sports technology innovators, Hawk-Eye Innovations, best known for its electronic line calling service for the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships and its Premier League football goal line technology.
The first stage of this ground-breaking partnership will see an initial pilot of four BBL events streamed live in January 2016 via Skysports.com and Webcastsport.com.
Dates, times and competitions are as follows:
• Fri Jan 8, 2016 - Live Stream from 19.15
The Copper Box, London: BBL Championship - London Lions v Leicester Riders
• Sun Jan 17, 2016 - Live Stream from 11.45
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham: WBBL Trophy Final, BBL Slam Dunk, BBL Cup Final
• Fri Jan 22, 2016 - Live Stream from 19.15
University of Worcester Arena, Worcester: BBL Championship - Worcester Wolves v
Esh Group Newcastle Eagles
• Sat Jan 30, 2016 - Live Stream from 15.45
New Leicester Community Sports Arena, Leicester: WBBL Championship - Leicester Riders v Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters & BBL Championship - Leicester Riders v Surrey Scorchers
The four pilot BBL events are to be produced by sports broadcaster, WebcastSport, using Hawk-Eye’s SMART production service, a solution that significantly reduces the cost of live basketball production by up to 75% without impacting on the quality of the output.
Employing four to six automated broadcast quality HD cameras, which utilise Hawk-Eye’s cutting edge, vision processing techniques, and combining Hawk-Eye’s IT-based software platform, WebcastSport will deliver a live, HD quality sports programme ready for streaming, which will also be available free on demand.
A further element of the collaboration will enable basketball fans worldwide to watch the live streaming of BBL games for free on their PC, and on their tablet or smart phone via the Sky Sports’ app.
Bob Hope, Commercial Director, BBL, WBBL and GB Basketball commented, “This is a hugely exciting first step towards our goal of bringing British basketball to fans worldwide.
"I would like to thank all parties involved who have worked both hard and selflessly to pull this ground-breaking collaboration together.
"Not only will the partnership give fans the opportunity of watching live games on their PCs but also on their tablets and Smartphones, and all for free.
"This, coupled with accessibility worldwide, was for us, an important element of this project.”
Hawk-Eye’s Managing Director, Stephen Carter said, “We are delighted to be part of this innovative collaboration with the BBL.
"Following our trials with networks across multiple American sports, including basketball and baseball, we feel our technology is the perfect match for the BBL and we look forward to developing this partnership in 2016.”
Meanwhile Kevin Magee, Managing Director of WebcastSport, added, “WebcastSport is proud to be the web streaming partner for the BBL.
“We are excited to be able to bring our many years of broadcast expertise to one of the UK’s largest sports and to be able to deliver the league live to webcastsport.com viewers free of charge.
“The opportunity to collaborate with Hawk-Eye and its new technologies, and the added bonus of our partnership with Skysports.com, will see us take the sport into a new era of interaction with the fan base.”
Photo: Tayo Ogedengbe (Surrey Scorchers) and Stephen Carter, Managing Director, Hawk-Eye Innovations with a Hawk-Eye automated HD camera.
Oct 17, 2015, 10:25 am
Meet the Board - Part 3
Haydn Jones (Director)
Involved in basketball for over 30 years. Played club basketball in Swansea and represented Wales at U19 youth level. (Long before the Promotions Cup and Division C!)
I qualified as a floor official at the age of 16 and after many years in Local Leagues took the decision to officiate in England from 2000.
I qualified as an International Referee in 2005 and have officiated at 2 women's Eurobasket Championships in 2011 & 2013, including the semi-final in 2011. I also officiated at the first Euroleague Women Final 8 in Istanbul in 2012.
I have officiated 10 major cup and play-off finals in the BBL.
Hope and ambitions
To see basketball played in schools as a first choice indoor sport, and to see BW be commercially strong on its own merits.
There is only one... Michael Jordan. He transformed the game and the dynamic of the whole sport.
I was fortunate enough to officiate a pre-Olympic friendly between GB and the USA. My first foul call was on Kobe Bryant!
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Oct 15, 2015, 3:34 pm
Meet the Board - Part 2
Stef Collins (Director)
Played basketball for over 20 years
Played NCAA Division 1 at St. Bonaventure University. Named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year. Atlantic 10 All-conference Team Honours and All-academic team Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Year.
Played in the EBL Division 1 and now WBBL for 9 seasons
BUCS Championship Title 3 years a in row as a player (2008, 2009, 2010)
EBL Division 1 league champions in 2011-2012
EBL Division 1 play-off final winners in 2009-2010
Player-coach of the Cardiff Met Archers since 2011, winning the England Basketball National Cup in 2015
London 2012 Olympian
Played in three Eurobasket competitions - 2011, 2013, 2015
Undertaking MSc Strength and Conditioning
MA Sports Development & Coaching
BA Physical Education
Coached across all age groups
Wales Female Development Coach from 2009-2011
Hope and ambitions
To increase the number of female basketball players and the profile of the sport in Wales
Steve Kerr and Courtney Vandersloot
125 Caps for GB Womens Basketball Team