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GREAT BRITAIN MEN TO PLAY GREECE IN EUROBASKET WARM-UP GAME
Apr 21, 2017, 9:17 am
 
The Great Britain Senior Men’s Basketball team will take on Greece, ranked number 13 in the world, on Saturday 19 August at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London.

 

The match will be part of both teams’ preparations for the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Finals, which start on 31st August.

 

GB Senior Men’s Head Coach, Joe Prunty, said “Greece is not only one of the top teams in Europe, but one of the top teams in the world.  Through the years they have had tremendous talent and have been well coached.  Having finished in the top 5 in 11 of the last 15 EuroBasket’s shows their consistency.  As always the team will be excited to be back in London playing in front of the home crowd.  This will be a great game in preparation for EuroBasket and Group D which has 3 of the top 10 teams in the world.”

 

British Basketball Chief Executive, Lisa Wainwright, commented “We are delighted to be able to announce such an attractive game as part of the build-up to EuroBasket for our Senior Men. We look forward to welcoming basketball fans from around the country, and hopefully visitors from Greece, to the Copper Box Arena in August, which is a terrific venue for fans to get close to the action.”

 

Great Britain is in Group D of EuroBasket 2017, playing in Istanbul against Turkey, Belgium, Latvia, Russia and Serbia. Greece is in Group A, playing in Helsinki against Finland, France, Iceland, Poland and Slovenia. The tournament starts on 31st August and runs until 17th September. For further details on EuroBasket 2017, go to www.fiba.com/eurobasket/2017.

 

Tickets for the game are expected to be on sale the week of 24 April. More details will follow. Check the British Basketball website for further details - http://www.gbbasketball.com/ 

 

Great Britain vs. Greece – Senior Men’s Basketball International
Saturday 19 August 2017
Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, London E20 3HB


Wales U18 Men ready for Lithuanian experience
Apr 18, 2017, 9:13 am

 Wales U18 Men National Team ahead of friendly game in March 2017

(photo credit: Karen Solomons)

 

Wales Under 18’s Men National Team will be the first team in action on the international basketball stage in April ahead of a busy summer for various Welsh youth teams (Under 16’s and Under 18’s men and women). The town of Alytus in Lithuania was chosen as the base for a 5-days-long training camp which includes training sessions and friendly games against local youth teams. The trip is part of the preparation programme for the team that already played two friendly games against Worcester Wolves Under 18 and Cardiff University Select team.

 

“I am pleased to see how players responded to my requests and how the team is shaping during the training sessions which we had every month since September and during the two friendly games we organised so far”, said Alex Radu who is the Head Coach of the team. He added: “I hope players will bring the same intensity and desire to improve and get better that I have noticed so far into the next three friendly games which we will play during the Easter break in Lithuania. It is going to be a good challenge and I think it is useful to compare ourselves with representatives of a world class basketball country – Lithuania is currently1st in Europe and 2nd in the FIBA World rankings for Youth Men basketball nations! So I am sure there are plenty of things to learn from this coming trip”.

 

Wales Under 18 will play the first game against Varenos Bites on Tuesday 18th April 2017 at 6.00 pm local time and this will followed by the game against Alytus Dzukija BC on Wednesday 19th April at 5.00 pm. The third game will be scheduled on the last day of the trip (Thursday 20th April 2017) against Adolfo Ramanausko High School. 

 

 

 


Beloved guardian of British Basketball Bill McInnes OBE passes away
Mar 7, 2017, 7:05 pm

It is with great sadness that British Basketball shares the news that Bill McInnes, interim Chair of British Basketball, passed away on Saturday March 4th 2017 at the age of 71.

 

“Bill was a wonderful gentleman and guardian of basketball” Chief Executive Lisa Wainwright said in a statement, “in my very short time of working and being supported by Bill at British Basketball I have learned so much and grown so fond of him. The quickness of his illness has been a shock to many of us and his lovely family who our hearts and love go to. He will be remembered by so many and his legacy within basketball is for us all to continue.”

 

Kevin Pringle, Chief Executive of Basketball Scotland, also said how much Bill will be missed and how influential he was to Basketball.

 

“Having known and worked so closely with Bill for such a long time, I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing after a short illness. Our thoughts are with Bill’s family at this extremely difficult time.

 

“Bill was instrumental in his work, both on and off of the basketball court and will be sorely missed by the whole Scottish Basketball community.”

 

The sentiments of Wainwright have been echoed by the basketball family.  Bill had a reputation as a genuine, honest, kind, softly spoken and most caring person.

 

As a player and team captain Bill represented both Scotland and Great Britain on 176 occasions. He started all of his 28 competitive Great Britain games, and was the leading scorer in 8 of them - with a game high of 25 points v Poland in 1968. He was the leading scorer in 1968 event with 119 points in the 7 Euro Pre-Olympic Qualifying games. He was the 2nd top scorer in 3 other Olympic Qualifying events, finishing with 354 points - 12.6 pt. game average score.

 

Previously an Area Youth Organiser in Stirling, a Deputy Manager at Meadowbank Sports Centre and latterly the Centre Manager at Wester Hailes Education Centre in Edinburgh; Bill had a strong sports management background. His knowledge and leadership qualities assisted him greatly in the discharge of his duties as Chair of Basketball Scotland and Chair of the British Basketball Federation.

 

A founder member of the Boroughmuir Basketball Club and a member of the team, who were British Champions in 1972, he also played in club teams that entered the European Cup on five occasions. Bill coached at all levels and was secretary to the Boroughmuir Club since 1961.

 

Bill was recognised for his services to basketball in the Queens 2000 New Year’s Honours list with an award of an OBE. Bill also served as Chair of the British Basketball Federation, was a member of the National Olympic Committee, Chair of the British Masters Basketball Association and was a Director with Basketball Scotland, which he previously chaired from 1990 to 2008.

 

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to Bill’s family and friends at this time.

 

Ian Curryer, Independent Director, will be acting temporarily as interim Chair of British Basketball.


Mini basketball set become the next big thing in Wales
Mar 3, 2017, 11:37 am

Basketball Wales is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new Mini Basketball Awards Scheme to encourage boys and girls up to the age of 11 to take up this exciting, fast-paced and growing sport.

 

The new FREE scheme is set to tip off this weekend (4- 5 March 2017) in Caernarfon and Swansea.

 

This scheme, funded by the FIBA Europe Youth Development Fund, will enable mini ballers to learn the basic skills and earn bronze, silver and gold badges by attending a mini basketball festival and regular coaching sessions at local affiliated basketball clubs.

 

A bronze award mini basketball festival can be run by schools, basketball clubs, local authorities and youth clubs. Organisers will have the help of a dedicated Basketball Wales Mini Basketball officer who can provide the equipment, find a venue and supply detailed session plans, to make sure that each festival is a great success.

 

All schools that attend or host a bronze award mini basketball festival will receive a number of FREE mini basketballs courtesy of the FIBA Europe Youth Development fund as well as a video guide on how to deliver the bronze award session when back in school to encourage more pupils to participate in mini basketball. 

 

Participants are encouraged to joining an affiliated club that run mini basketball coaching sessions to progress through the next stages of the scheme. These clubs will help players develop their new-found skills as well as teaching them new ones - no slam dunks yet thought!

 

Basketball Wales Mini Basketball Director Lee Coulson speaking about the launch of this exciting new project said, “Grass roots basketball is an area that Basketball Wales is targeting to help us grow the game here in Wales. With the creation of this new awards scheme we hope to engage a new generation of players, boys and girls, to give basketball a try. Maybe we will find the next Michael Jordan or Steph Curry!”

 

We are delighted that we have several festivals already organised across Wales but we are looking to reach as many new players as possible”.

 

To coincide with the launch of the new scheme, a dedicated mini basketball website will be up and running soon. It will contain information about the award scheme, how to run a mini basketball festival and a list of all affiliated clubs in Wales that hold weekly mini basketball coaching sessions.

 

Any club, school or organisation that would like to know more about running a bronze award mini basketball festival or if you would like any information about an up and coming festival, please email minibasketball@basketballwales.com.

 

Bronze Award Mini Basketball Festivals can be run through the medium of English or Welsh.


National Team Head Coach full of praises after latest camp
Feb 27, 2017, 5:15 pm

The U23 and senior men national teams held their 5th camp this weekend at the brand new Cardiff Met Archers Arena and after the camp Head Coach James Bamfield had glowing praise for the progress being made.

 

“Cardiff Met’s newly built 2 court facility is a beacon for the growth of the sport in Cardiff and Wales and was a fantastic facility for our national team training camp. Working at club level in an area of the UK where we have dusty concrete floors, baskets that don’t work with broken nets, I have a real appreciation for quality venues. As an ex player I know the impact an appropriate floor has on longevity and performance.

 

The sponsorship deal with Wilson is great news, and the Solution basketballs are really good quality, while the Givova kit gives a professional look to the camps.

 

We’ve also been able to secure the services of Matt Keen to provide physiotherapy and prehab at our camps. Matt is an ex Welsh international player himself and the players made use of his services and were appreciative of his commitment.

 

It is really important to me that we put players who are attending camps in a high quality learning environment to maximise their development, both as individuals and as part of our national team moving forward. We have already delivered over 50 on court teaching hours and 3 fixtures during the NBL season. The Basketball Wales board have been fantastic in helping to develop this and I know we are only just scratching the surface of where we want to be. I also want to thank Tommy Walsh our team manager who must take a lot of credit as a real unsung hero.”

 

The eight hour camp brought together 25 players from the senior and U23 age groups and featured a strong focus on player development, use of the dribble and pick & roll play. There was a continued emphasis on the full court style of play, it is hoped this will become a staple of the national style of play.

 

Both groups will get together again before Easter with the U23s travelling to Scotland in late April to face both Scotland and Ireland age group sides. The seniors will also visit Scotland in June.

 

The U23 squad for Scotland is set to be announced shortly with the senior squad decided after the Easter camp.

 

 

Alan Duppa

There was some sad news this week as long time veteran Alan Duppa announced his retirement from international basketball. Alan had hoped to add some experience to the squad with a view to 2018 but with the focus now firmly on the Commonwealth Games 2022 he has decided to hang up his boots for good. Everyone at Basketball Wales sends their thanks to Alan for his service to the National Team and good luck for the future.