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British Basketball is Changing - Be Part of It
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.



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.



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



Basketball Wales Level 1 Referee Course Sat 27th Feb 2016
Feb 1, 2016, 11:36 pm

Basketball Wales Activators Coaching Course - Porthcawl
Jan 24, 2016, 11:58 pm

Basketball Wales - Sponsorship Director Job Vacancy
Jan 20, 2016, 11:31 pm

Applications are invited for the role of Sponsorship Director (Non Executive) to join the board of Basketball Wales (BW) to help grow the sponsorship/commercial revenue of the federation.

Job description and Person Specification for this role can be downloaded from the the following link - http://basketballwales.com/index.php?downloadreq=56787

The closing date for applicants to submit a CV and Personal Statement is close of business on Friday 12th February 2016, sent by email to - chairman@basketballwales.com


Interview with Senior Men's Captain Jordan Seeley
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.
Initially I felt that we really under achieved, but having had 18 months now to reflect I think I now have a better understanding of why we are where we are in the European pecking order. I still believe that winning the tournament is something that is possible based on our talent, but realistically we probably aimed too high last time. The issue in my opinion is that a lot of the other teams play and train together all season; I know I have definitely under estimated how much of an impact this has in the past. I know there are players we leave at home who would be rotation players for other teams at the tournament, but the fact is it's hard to throw together a bunch of individuals who have all been playing different styles of basketball all season and expect them to produce a coherent product on the floor. I think this is probably why you also see Scotland struggling with teams like Andorra and San Marino.


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.
Kristaps definitely has an Eastern European aura of authority, it's clear he's a real disciplinarian. Given how limited our preparation time will be I think that is definitely going to benefit us. I am hoping that his experiences outside of the UK will benefit us when we get to the tournament, every team there has their own style, which itself is completely different to anything we are used to seeing in the UK. Inevitably it takes us a little while to adapt, so hopefully having a coach who might be familiar with their style can help us in that regard.
I am particularly excited about what Kristaps can offer basketball in Wales long term, it was clear straight away that he is a smart coach who is desperate to learn and grow, we can never have too many people like that in the system!


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.

Meet the Board - Part 6
Dec 23, 2015, 4:17 pm

Anne-Marie Koukouravas (Director)



Over 20 years working in marketing in financial services organisations. I'm currently Marketing Director of Principality Building Society. Basketball Mum!


Hopes and Ambitions for BW


Having seen the progress Basketball Wales has made over the past 5 years since my boys began to play the sport, I'd love us to really capitalise on that momentum and help everyone to be the best that they can be - as a player, a coach or an official. With such little funding for the sport the importance of us all working together is fundamental to the success of Basketball in Wales.


Favorite player


My husband would kill me if I didn't say Nick Gallis....


Interesting fact


I'm an ex Welsh international Volleyball Player!!


Meet the Board - Part 5
Dec 17, 2015, 1:13 pm

Jonathan Shefford (Legal Director)

I have been involved with Welsh basketball for the past 10 years, initially at college and now club level. I graduated with an LLB and completed my Legal Practice Course both at Swansea University. I have an array of experience from working within the legal sector that I can bring to Basketball Wales. I conducted in-house work for the Ospreys WRU on various matters, assisting and advising on the set-up of a number of subsidiary companies and employment matters within the organisation. I have been working in the private sector for the past 3 years on contentious and non-contentious matters. I have conducted work in multiple jurisdictions and most recently assisted an international corporation on a multi-million pound claim in the Middle East.
Hope and ambitions 

To improve the popularity of the sport within Wales. To see a grass roots system in place that can promote the sport and develop players into their full potential and ideally see basketball reach the level as seen in mainland Europe.

Favourite player 
 Not to be Cliche but has to be MJ closely followed by Dwayne Wade.
Interesting fact 

My College team and I were asked to demonstrate basketball for the Queen when the LC2 in Swansea was opened! 


Great Britain Senior Women back in Manchester for vital qualifiers
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

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