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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!”


U16 boys FIBA European Championship squad announcement
Apr 6, 2018, 12:37 pm
It is with immense pride the U16 boys' coaching team name the 12 young men that will represent Wales at the U16 FIBA European Championships Div C this July.
 
However before announcing the final squad, Head Coach Simon Fisher want to mention the 4 players that have been named as reserves:
 
"It was extremely tough to make a selection, which is credit to all of the players, so these young men deserve to be recognised. I know the selected players are thankful for how hard they've pushed them to achieve the levels they have, they will remain part of the 'family' and have our utmost respect".
 
The four reserves are:

Dylan Drew - Mold Magic
Benjamin Evans - Cardiff Met Archers
Charlie Molly - Mold Magic
Taliesin Remec - Swansea Storm

Simon went on to say:
 
"As a coaching team, we have selected a squad that combines a blend of experience, with young players making an impacting. The players come from 6 separate clubs, with the core coming from Vale Vipers, however Cardiff Met Archers, Cynfig Cougars, Pontypridd Panthers, Bristol Flyers and Manchester Magic are also represented.
 
The team will be jointly captained by returning players Ben Evans (Cynfig Cougars/Vale Vipers) and Luke Gordos (Manchester Magic) who have shown tremendous leadership over the camps and warm up games. I am extremely fortunate to be able to have both Nick O'Leary and Stefan Rosier as assistant coaches and Jon Bunyan as Team Manager. Coaching a national team is always an honour, I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to led this group to San Marino".
 
This is what it means to the two co-captains:
 
Manchester Magic player Luke Gordos said:
 
"Last year I had the opportunity to represent Wales at the European Championships and that was a huge honour. To be selected again this year and to now have the opportunity to co-captain with Ben Evans, what we believe is a strong, hard working team, is amazing and to work with coaches that push us to our max everyday is what makes the team have huge amounts of confidence in each other and we all have gelled together. We believe that we have a very good chance of doing well and we are excited to compete at a very high standard. We will make Wales proud".

Ben Evans, who playes for both Vale Viper and Cynfig Cougars added:
 
"To be able to say I have captained my country in a FIBA tournament is a great honour. I’ve been in the programme since a very young age and have always worn the welsh jersey with pride! I’m so excited to lead a great group of boys and show everyone what Wales can do".
 
 
Summing up the journey so far, Simon Fisher continued:
 
"We have embedded a family philosophy into the squad. The players, parents and clubs have all contributed to help us improve on and off the court, however we all recognise the journey hasn't ended, we have much work to do before we open the tournament against Malta, which is why we will continue to improve in all aspects to ensure we can represent Wales to the best of our ability. It's been a fantastic journey, but I can promise the Welsh Basketball Community it isn't finished yet".
 
 
 

Basketball Wales scales new height with it’s newest national team recruit
Mar 15, 2018, 1:29 pm

 

Basketball Wales is always looking for talented players to join the ranks of its national teams. Therefore, they were delighted when Brandon Marshall, who lives and plays his basketball in Suffolk came along to trial for the new Futures Programme, a combined training squad for our U17, U18 and U20 men.

 

Nothing exceptional you might think - but Brandon is thought to be one of the tallest teenagers in the world, standing at a lofty 7ft 4in, perfect for basketball!

 

Cameron Seeley, Basketball Wales Performance Director said: “I am delighted that Brandon has recently joined the Basketball Wales Futures Programme. This new initiative has been designed to create a better pathway for our junior international players as they transition towards senior basketball.

 

Cameron added, “Brandon is the newest member of this dedicated training squad which consists of around 30 players from across Wales and further afield. We hope that all the squad members will continue to develop their game and one day represent Wales at a senior level”.

 

The Futures Programme has already had some early success. A 12-man squad recently went to Gibraltar to play their U18 side. Wales came home victorious, winning the two-match series 2-0.

 

The Futures Programme also has a new addition to its coaching team. Joining current Head Coach Alex Radu is new coach James Markham. He will be meeting up with the squad at the next training session in April.

 

If you would like more infomation about the Futures Programme or any of our other National Teams please contact Cameron Seeley, Performance Director cas@millfieldschool.com


The Basketball League Limited - Independent Directors The Board of The Basketball League Ltd (BBL – British Basketball League
Feb 21, 2018, 10:58 am

The Basketball League Limited - Independent Directors

The Board of The Basketball League Ltd (BBL – British Basketball League) are currently looking to appoint to three voluntary Independent Director positions on the BBL Board.

 

For further information, including the full Role Description, please click here (link attached file)

 

http://basketballwales.com/index.php?downloadreq=58256

 

Candidates should submit their CV, together with a covering letter expressing their rationale for their interest and any specific business and/or sport competencies that they could bring to the role. Submissions by post or email are acceptable and shouldbe sent to:

 

Andy Webb  - Chief Operating Officer
The Basketball League Ltd
Unit E3, Leicester Business Centre
111 Ross Walk
Leicester LE4 5HH

E-mailandy.webb@bbl.org.uk

 

The closing date for applications is 12 noon, 9 March 2018.

 

The Basketball League Limited is fully committed to the principles oequality of opportunity and is responsible for ensuring thatno applicants, staff (paid or unpaid), workers, office holders, volunteers, oparticipants (together "Stakeholders") are unlawfullydiscriminated against on the grounds of agedisability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy andmaternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation (together the "Protected Characteristics").

 

The Board of Basketball League Limited have adopted a target of maintaining a minimum of 30% of each gender on its Board anto progress towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity generallon the Board, including, but not limited to,Black, Asianminority ethnic (BAME) diversity and disability 

Applications are therefore particularly welcomed from females, people with disabilities and BAME groups as they are all currently under represented within the sport.

 

Following a recent skills audit of the Board applications from candidates with significant commercial/sponsorship and/or finance backgrounds would be welcomed.


Applicants will be required to meet a ‘fit and proper person test’ prior to appointment.


Former Wales International Player Wayne Ferguson has passed away
Jan 17, 2018, 11:11 am

 

 

Basketball Wales is saddened to hear of the passing of former international player Wayne Ferguson, aged 53.

 

Wayne who was born in Newport in November 1965 moved to Canada at an early age with his family where he played college basketball at the University of Carleton in Ottawa. 

 

Wayne played four seasons for the Ravens as a bruising power forward where he patrolled the area inside the paint, ’Wayne was a second team OUA All Star in 1991-92 and was a member of the 1988 OUA East Championship team that participated in the National Championships in Halifax.



After finishing university in Canada, Wayne returned to Wales where he played for the Cardiff Heat. Wayne was a member of the Cardiff Bay Heat team that participated in the early qualification rounds of the 1994 FIBA European Radivoj Korac Cup. 

 

http://www.fibaeurope.com/compID_MsfTeemRHYovSUdkYV76x0.season_1994.roundID_1161.teamID_2463.html

 

Tony Hinchey, a former team mate of Wayne's at the Heat said "he was a tenacious player who was loved and respected by his team mates and opponents. He was considerate, funny, kind loving and a strong person. The world will be a sadder place without him"

 

Wayne’s Funeral service will take place on Wednesday 24th January 2:30pm at Tovey Brothers Funeral Home, 9-11 Cardiff Road, Newport, NP20 2EH 

 

http://www.toveybros.co.uk/