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Basketball Wales saddened to hear of the passing of Ellis Jones
Nov 23, 2017, 9:11 pm

Basketball Wales is saddened to hear of the passing of former international player Ellis Jones. Ellis gained numerous caps for Wales and played his club basketball in the Newport area. Ellis is pictured above in the white jacket receiving an award for his services to Welsh Basketball at the 2013 FIBA Europe General Assembly, which took place at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport. 

 

The Funeral takes place on Friday 24 November 11.30 am at the Holy Trinity Church Newport NP18 1JJ followed by service at Langston Crematorium and reception at Llanwern Golf Club.

 

Basketball Wales sends its condolences to the family, friends and former team mates of Ellis at the difficult time.


Wales Senior Women’s squad has a new Head Coach
Oct 27, 2017, 3:33 pm

Basketball Wales is delighted to announce that Karen Burton has been appointed as its new Senior Women’s Head Coach.

 

Karen has an impressive international background having been an England U16 Girls and GB U20 National Team Head Coach. In domestic basketball, Karen is enjoying her 6th season at the successful Barking Abbey Academy. She is the Head Coach of the Academy’s U19 and Division 1 women's teams and the Assistant Coach of the BA London Lions WBBL (Women’s British Basketball League) side, under Head Coach Mark Clark.  Karen joined Barking Abbey from Nottingham Wildcats where she was their Head Coach.

 

She will be working with Basketball Wales on a voluntary basis, as do all our National Team coaches.

 

Speaking after her appointment Karen said:


“I am really excited to have this opportunity to take up the position of Head Coach. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead for the senior women’s programme and to work with Basketball Wales, helping them to move their women’s and girls’ programme forward.

 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Barking Abbey for supporting me in this exciting new stage of my coaching career”.

 

Stef Collins from Basketball Wales added:


“This is a great appointment for Basketball Wales. Karen has an amazing track record, and a wealth of experience that she can bring to the game in Wales.

 

She will help us to develop our women’s teams from the U18s to the senior side. Giving them the skills and confidence they need to be as competitive as possible”.

 

Karen will be joining up with the women’s squad in the next month or so, getting them ready for the new season ahead.


Coaching Opportunities with Basketball Wales
Sep 29, 2017, 7:17 pm

Applications are invited for the roles of Head Coach, Assistant Coach and Development Coach for the following Basketball Wales age group National Teams.

 

U15 Boys
Head Coach
Development Coach

 

U17 Boys
Head Coach

Assistant Coach

 

U18 Boys
Head Coach

Assistant Coach
Development Coach

 

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an emerging NGB as we develop players and staff for Welsh National Teams and for the GB programme.

 

Applications are welcome from both experienced coaches and those who are looking to take their first steps in international coaching.

 

All positions are voluntary and for the one-year period, with an option of a continuation of the role for a second-year subject to a satisfactory performance review.

 

Applicants should forward the completed application form together with a covering letter and brief CV by email to cameron@basketballwales.com and stefcollins@gmail.com by 5pm on Sunday 8 October 2017.

 

Interviews for these coaching positions will be held as soon as possible by conference call or Skype unless otherwise notified.

 

Please download the job description, person specification and application form...here.

 


U16 boys name their squad as they start their European adventure
Sep 29, 2017, 6:33 pm
A squad of 18 players have been selected to take the next steps in the preparations for the FIBA Division C European Championships 2018. 
 
The squad will be led by Head Coach Simon Fisher who has previously taken England U16s to 5 European B division championships gaining 3 top 4 finishes, with a bronze in 2009 and culminating in a silver medal and promotion from FIBA Division B in 2011. He will provide the squad with a vast amount of knowledge and experience and is looking to develop this squad into a group that will be competitive at the tournament.
 
Coach Fisher said "It has been an immense pleasure to select this squad. I would like to thank all the players, clubs and coaches that have committed to the process, it has enable my staff and I to select a balanced group of 18 players. We have looked to select for both next years tournament, but also for the longer term, as the main drive for this group will be to relentlessly improve, I believe then the results will be a by-product of that development. 
 
I would like to thank the other members of my staff. Nick O'Leary has brought immense experience, coupled with his knowledge within the technical development of the players, enabling us to develop a coaching games for understanding approach. Stefan is a young coach who brings his expertise in video analysis, as well as his coaching skills to enhance the joint approach I have instilled into the group. The core of the group however is Jon Bunyan, he leads the planning and organisation to ensure that the squad has the best chance possible to improve.
 
I look forward to the journey, all the sessions and camps are open for club coaches to attend, as we all help to enhance the opportunities for this group of players"
 
Head Coach: Simon Fisher
Asst Coach: Nick O'Leary
Asst Coach: Stefan Rosier
Team Manager: Jon Bunyan
 
Oliver Andrews Vale Vipers
Jack Batacan Pontypridd Panthers / Vale Vipers
William Bright Cardiff Met Archers
Seb Bunyan Pontypridd Panthers / Bristol Flyers
Kian Davies Baglan Blazers /Vale Vipers
Dylan Drew Mold Magic
Adam Duncan  Vale Vipers
Ben Evans Cougars / Vale Vipers
Benjamin Evans Cardiff Met Archers
Luke Gordos Manchester Magic
Mason Grady Vale Vipers
Rory James Vale Vipers
Panos Karras Cardiff Met Archers
Henry Lythe De Pee Manchester Magic
Solomon Minty Walker Baglan Blazers
Charlie Molloy Mold Magic
Taliesin Remec Carmarthen
Nathan Symons Bristol Flyers

 


Coach Bamfield holds court and reflects after the Celtic Clash
Jun 14, 2017, 8:20 pm

It was a difficult task for the Senior Men as they faced off with Ireland and Scotland in Edinburgh for Celtic Cup bragging rights.

 

It was truly a David and Goliath encounter, Ireland have recently appointed US Coach Pete Strickland and are aiming for FIBA Small countries glory in 2018. Meanwhile Scotland have been awarded £250,000 of funding by Sport Scotland to prepare for the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year.

 

So how did it go…?

 

Wales v Ireland

On Friday evening Scotland cruised to an 82-58 win over Ireland, our first opponents on Saturday afternoon.

 

It was clearly a nervy start for Wales as we failed to convert several good opportunities and Ireland punished us by taking a 10-point cushion. We fought back behind hot shooting from James Dawe but a sloppy 7-0 run before halftime gave Ireland a comfortable 18-point lead. We couldn’t generate the stops or scoring to claw back into the game and Ireland ran out winners 85-55.

 

Wales v Scotland

On Sunday, the young side attempted to regroup but faced a mammoth task against a Scotland side led by GB captain Kieron Achara. Despite this we started the game in a much more assertive fashion even taking a small lead 5-2…it would be short lived, as Scotland landed a barrage of threes. Despite continued good play Scotland led 28-17 after the first quarter. The game slipped away in similar fashion to Ireland with the hosts punishing sloppy play and pull out a 50-25 halftime advantage.

With the game out of sight, both coaches rotated their benches and Scotland ran out impressive victors 108-44.

 

We created an awful lot of open shots, but with many of the guys so hyped up we couldn’t knock them down. I take a lot of confidence in this group for the long term from how we responded in the first 15 minutes against Scotland. The players were much calmer and more professional pre-game, saving more of their physical and mental energy for the tip off. This showed their ability to learn from our experiences and make adjustments.

 

In that first period, we played some excellent offensive basketball but it was tough to be in Scotland’s gym where their players know the rims and the officials know the players. So, despite what I felt was a really strong performance we still found ourselves down 27-17. We held on nicely until 5 minutes into the second period when our own error led to a 5-point swing and we don’t yet have the mental skills to remain calm and focused and stick to our game plan.

 

As the wheels came off the performance levels did drop and the score got away from us in the second half. I would again take away the positives of the first 15 minutes and the knowledge that if we tighten up our rotations on defence and sustain the focus and confidence we brought during that period we will become a good international side.

 

 

Reflections from the Head Coach

 

Firstly, I want to thank the players for being committed to the National Team program in the build up to this tournament. They have helped secure a future for the senior men program with their commitment, hard work and willingness to grow. They have self-funded the program which has a £750 budget for the year and I am extremely proud of the team and program we have run.

 

These performances and results must be viewed as our first steps, our yardstick for where we are now. When you have seven players from the U23s making their international debut nerves were always going to be a factor, and despite feeling we had the talent level to compete with Ireland, anytime you dig yourselves a 10-point hole to start a game it’s always going to be tough. However, despite the result I intend to take away the positives as we move forward.

 

Jamie Rodwell after a tough start absolutely showed me that he is an international class player right now. Anytime you can record 16 points and 12 rebounds in a game you are doing well. James Dawe also knocked down some tough shots under pressure and is now also well established at international level.

 

Mathew Broderick was excellent versus GB level competition he had 6 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes on court, and at 19 years old and 6’9 he gives us another nice piece to build around. Gareth Williams was also impressive despite being undersized at the 4.  He is a real bull and had the ability to knock down shots so that gives us a solid frontline with Rodwell to build around. We also had flashes of good play from all three of our young PGs they all have areas of their game they need to work on and need to gain more experience but over the next 2 seasons I believe all 3 can develop into strong contributors. We also have Nico Pele Wilson and Asa Waite who as he gets more comfortable with what we are asking him to do is going to be a real handful for most teams.

 

On a personal level

 

This weekend was also useful from my personal perspective, I’ve been beating the drum that we need to play international tests so we can properly evaluate where we are now.

 

I must put my hands up and say that we weren’t prepared to the level I would have liked especially if this tournament is viewed as our competitive focus. I have seen some criticism on social media sites and I can understand, given the results, that we have to accept this but I would ask people to understand the upside to our squad in terms of its training age and the difference in resources between us and the programs in Scotland and Ireland.

 

I totally believe in this young group of men that they can compete and do something special for Welsh basketball but they needed more time on court together both on the practice floor and in warm up games. Within the squad I think we have a good understanding that this was our first step and we will now meet as a group and come up with some goals and evaluate how we try to get to the performance level we want to be at over the coming year. We have a camp planned for next month and we are in the process of finalising a trip to play another FIBA Small Countries team which should give us a chance to grow on the road and hopefully be more competitive.

 

Finally, I want to thank our hosts at Basketball Scotland who were fantastic throughout and very generous in their support of our involvement also Basketball Ireland for sending their squad to the tournament. We met some very nice people and we hope the Celtic Clash can be a regular fixture in the calendar.

 

If any companies or individuals would like to support the Senior Men National program please email walthom3@aol.com