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Anti Doping Update - January 2017
Jan 4, 2017, 11:21 pm

Updated Jan 2017

 

The WADA 2017 prohibited list is now available. The list will come into effect on the 1st of January 2017. There are some slight changes to note in relation to Beta-2-Agonists used in the treatment of asthma. 

 

The full updated list can be downloaded by clicking on the following link

https://www.wada-ama.org/sites/default/files/resources/files/2016-09-29_-_wada_prohibited_list_2017_eng_final.pdf

 

And a summary is available via this link

https://www.wada-ama.org/sites/default/files/resources/files/2016-09-29_-_wada_summary_of_modifications_eng_final.pdf

 

Further information is also available on the FIBA website 

http://www.fiba.com/anti-doping

 

Basketball Wales condemns, and is totally opposed to, the use of performance enhancing drugs and doping practices in the sport of basketball and fully supports the position of the International Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), UK Anti-Doping and FIBA against the use of banned substances and methods.

 
An Anti-Doping rule violation shall be considered a breach of the Basketball Wales Code of Ethics and Conduct and of the UK Anti-Doping Rules.
 
The use, possession and/or trafficking of banned substances, methods or the encouragement or counselling to use banned substances, or methods; and/or taking measures to mask the use of banned substances or methods by a participant in tournaments, competitions, events or fixtures over which Basketball Wales has jurisdiction is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.


British Basketball Federation and British Basketball League Agree Heads of Terms for 10 Year Men’s League License
Nov 30, 2016, 1:28 pm

 

British Basketball Federation and British Basketball League Agree Heads of Terms for 10 Year Men’s League License
 
The British Basketball Federation (BBF) and the British Basketball League (BBL) have agreed the Heads of Terms for a new 10 year License for the BBL to continue to run the top professional men’s basketball league in Great Britain, at the expiry of the current License in summer 2017.
 
The agreement comes after months of discussions between the new FIBA approved Governing Body for basketball, the BBF, and the top British basketball Clubs, and heralds a turning point in the way the professional game in Great Britain will be managed and developed.
 
The new Terms will require new performance standards to be set for Clubs in the BBL, and a commitment to an improvement in those standards, with active monitoring by both the BBL and by the BBF. Those performance standards will include matters on and off the court, and will include playing venues, seating capacities, coaching standards, player remuneration and welfare, and promotion and administration standards.
 
Work on the detailed terms for the License will now proceed apace with completion in the first quarter of 2017, so that the License is fully implemented before the current License expires.
The Heads of Terms for the 10 year license was approved by the BBF Board on 25 November and by the BBL Board on 29 November.
 
For the BBF, Interim Chairman Bill McInnes OBE said, “We are delighted to reach this agreement with the BBL, and look forward to working with them to finalise a License which will improve the professionalism and standards of the men’s Clubs’ game in a clear and systematic way, with the whole of the sport united around a number of common objectives. Those objectives, which support the strategy developed for basketball in Britain earlier this year, include improving the commercialism and marketability of the club game, but also the opportunities for young British players, with a positive impact on the Great Britain teams.
 
“There is still work to be done to get all the detail agreed but we have been pleased with the approach of the top Clubs to working together to drive the sport forward.”
 
For the BBL, Chairman Sir Rodney Walker said, “This is an important milestone for the sport of basketball, and we are delighted with the progress so far to get a long term License in place. We have already seen some important commercial developments in the men’s professional game with the recent media deals with the BBC and the Perform Group, in addition to existing and extended commercial partnerships with Molten, Kappa, Genius Sports, Synergy and Tickets.com.”
 
“The certainty these arrangements will provide, and the commitment of all parties to work together to drive up standards and the professionalism of the sport, can only be good for basketball. But this is the start of the journey and there remains much work to be done.”
 
 
The British Basketball Federation was formed following Great Britain’s participation in the London Olympics 2012.  A requirement of FIBA, the world governing body for the sport, was that GB Basketball’s participation in the Olympics, under home country status, was under a single GB team and thus a single federation as opposed to the prior arrangements that saw Basketball England, Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales oversee the sport in their own countries.  The BBF officially took oversight and responsibility for basketball in Great Britain in October 2016 following a transitional period.
 
The BBF Board consists of home country representatives, independent directors and appointed directors, some of which have been recruited to oversee the transitional period.  The current interim chair of the BBF Board is Bill McInnes, OBE, who has a long history and experience in basketball in Great Britain.

New NT Head Coach James Bamfield Talks about his experiences so far
Nov 23, 2016, 12:19 pm

 

“I’ve been excited to start the process of developing a Senior Men’s side Wales can be proud of. One of the things we have identified as vital to achieving this is the promotion of our young talent and so we have tried very hard to link the senior and U23 programs together with shared dates and venues.

 

Our first Trial in Swansea was very good with 25 players in attendance across the Senior and U23 age groups, the second at Deeside was even better with 30+ players in attendance.

 

We have decided to take forward an initial group of 15 players for the Senior squad and we had our first invite only session also at Deeside. I was really pleased with what I saw from the group, one of the things I was keen to develop was a full court Defensive mentality and up tempo offensive style. We were able to have a two hour session on each topic and put a lot of detail into our principles for Defence and Secondary break. The players really responded well and their attention to detail was pretty impressive as was their ability to adapt and react in a game situation.

 

In terms of my initial impression of the players who made themselves available I was very happy. I do believe there are other talented player who could be part of what we are trying to build but when you haven’t had any success in several years there will obviously be some malaise. We will be changing this and that is part of why we want to go with young hungry players who are desperate to wear a Welsh Uniform. It also fits with our remit under the wider banner to develop players capable of playing for GB.

 

The process to achieve that is to commit to personal improvement every day, be committed to NT camps and be hard nosed enough to understand their will be, I’m sure several hard times along the way, but to have belief that if we stick to the process the results will come.

 

The players are clearly buying into that with Ben Potts being a great example he’s taken his conditioning much more seriously and is in much better shape to compete. The word is also starting to spread that this is something worth being involved in I was delighted that Alan Duppa has made himself available and having an experienced guy like that around our talented youngsters will really help them. Jamie Rodwell who plays D1 for Hemel Storm is 6’8 and has nice mobility so he is an exciting piece. Combine that with some very talented u23s and I can start to see a squad developing I still hope to add to the squad and aim to carry around 20 players all said and done.

 

One of the things I would stress to the players is we aren’t going to change things overnight but I do believe that I can help establish a competitive NT and I am committed to that goal in the long term. I’m not a guy who has moved from program to program and I hope I can bring some stability to the position of Wales NT Head Coach.”

 

Initial Squad:

Mathew Broderick 6’8 Plymouth

Jamie Rodwell 6’8 Hemel Storm

Alan Duppa 6’7 Unattached

Sean Thomas 6’7 Unattached

Tom Nightingale 6’4 Unattached

Ben Potts 6’4  Unattached

Sam Roberts 6’1 Unattached

Matty Roberts 6’3 King’s Lynn Fury

Neal Allen 6’2 Sefton Stars

Nico Wilson 6’1 Worcester Wolves D3

Ollie Trotman 6’2 Unattached

Tom North 5’10 Sheffield Uni

Danny Walsh 6’1  Sefton Stars

Connor Easter 5’10 Worcester Wolves D3

Mishak Napton 5’10  Cardiff Met


Chair of Basketball Wales Dr Steve Lloyd to stand down in December
Nov 10, 2016, 12:00 pm

 

At a recent board meeting, the Chair of Basketball Wales, Dr Steve Lloyd, announced that he will be standing down at the end of 2016.
 
Over the past 18 months Dr Lloyd has been involved in a number of key initiatives that has seen the organisation strengthen its relationship with a number of key stakeholders, including Sport Wales and British Basketball.
 
Dr Lloyd has also attended a number of formal events in his capacity as Chair, including the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) which has met on a number of occasions in London in an attempt to help raise political awareness of our sport in Westminster.
 
Commenting on his tenure as BW Chair, Dr Lloyd said "It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve as Chair of Basketball Wales over the past 18 months. Being the Chair of a great organisation such as BW provides an enthusiastic individual with a wonderful opportunity to lead a governing body of sport. I would like to wish the new Chair when he/she is appointed good fortune as they take on this new challenge and push this organisation and great sport of Basketball to new heights in Wales and GB"



 


British Basketball appoint new CEO - Lisa Wainwright
Oct 31, 2016, 4:26 pm

 

The Board of the British Basketball Federation (BBF) are delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa Wainwright as Interim CEO. 

Lisa has significant experience in leading transformational change in  sport, having previously held senior roles at  Sport England, England Netball, internationally and most recently CEO at Volleyball England for 8 years. This is in addition to her non-executive portfolio with the Amateur Swimming Association as Deputy Chair and IOS Chair. 

She joins British Basketball at a crucial time to drive the implementation of the new strategy, "Transforming Basketball in Britain Together 2016-2028." 

Lisa is no stranger to basketball in this country, having worked alongside others including Betty Codona to secure Basketball England's largest ever award from   Sport England. More recently, Lisa has been supporting Leicester Warriors at a local level, committing funds to develop the club.

On her appointment Lisa said, "I am delighted to take on this new challenge with the BBF, particularly considering the men’s recent qualification for Eurobasket 2017 and the women’s campaign for qualification in November." 

Other changes at British Basketball see Nick Humby stepping down as Chairman of BBF and Bill Mcinnes being appointed as Interim Chairman.

Bill welcomed Lisa’s appointment saying, "The BBF Board and in particular Nick, have worked hard to secure resources to bring in more people to support the delivery of the new strategy and support the teams to get them as best prepared as we can." 

"I am delighted we have secured Lisa in this interim role. Her leadership, experience and network will enable us to move the outcomes of the new strategy forwards at pace.’

Bill also paid thanks to Nick who has been instrumental in driving a collaborative approach across the sport. "Nick has set a firm foundation in place and we thank him for his time and vision," he said.

Lisa's first objectives will be to secure support and funding for basketball, both in the short and longer term, as well as working alongside the Home Country Associations, partners and stakeholders to transform basketball together. 


Newly Appointed Directors of Basketball Wales
Oct 12, 2016, 4:24 pm

It is with great pleasure that Basketball Wales (BW) can announce the appointment of 2 newly Appointed Directors to the BW Board. Dr Lynne Moore and Mike Thomas will be joining the organisation with immediate effect following our board meeting of 5th October 2016, and bring with them a wealth of knowledge from the realms of finance and governance.

 

Mike Thomas has been appointed as our new Director of Finance and takes over this role from Ceri Martin who has stepped down from the board due to ongoing work commitments. Ceri Joined the board in September 2015 and during this time has made a positive impact to the processes and procedures relating to all aspects of BW finance including work relating to the Sport Wales Recognition Review. Mike has been a member of the BW finance team working along side Ceri for a number of months and moves into this new role with a full understanding of the expectations of the board. Basketball Wales sincerely thanks Ceri for the work and commitment he has dedicated to the role over the past 13 months. 

 

Dr Lynne Moore will be taking on a new role for BW using her skills in the area of governance. BW has recently signed up to the Governance and Leadership Framework for Wales (GLFW) which will help to ensure that our organisation is moving forward in the right direction to help improve our governance and processes to become a better National Governing Body (NGB)

 

Further information on our appointed directors will be published in the directors section of this website shortly.

 

 

 

 


Givova National Team Training Kit
Oct 12, 2016, 2:59 pm

 

Here is the link to our official Givova Basketball Wales kit suppliers website.http://milanoteamwear.co.uk/

 

On their site you will be able to purchase the national team squad training kit and tee shirt.

 

Everyone involved in national team training squads must purchase a training kit and official BW tee shirt and wear them to every squad training session and national team event.

 

The kit can be ordered and posted to you direct, or you can pick your items up from the Milano Teamwear shop in Nelson CF46 6EU, details are on their website.

 


BBL and Perform Sign Major Media Deal
Sep 29, 2016, 3:21 pm

BBL and Perform Sign Major Media Deal

 

The British Basketball League has agreed a six-year deal with Perform, the leading digital sports content and media group, for the distribution and sale of all global media-related rights.

 

Perform will manage the broadcast and digital rights for all BBL games, including exclusive streaming and data rights for Perform’s Watch&Bet and RunningBall products.

 

The long-term commitment between the two organisations will see all of the season’s 242 BBL games streamed live worldwide on Perform’s Watch&Bet service, plus a selection of the best BBL games streamed direct to BBL fans on Perform-managed, LiveBasketball.TV.

 

This contract complements the recent agreement the BBL has reached with the BBC for 23 British Basketball League (BBL) and nine Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL) games to be shown live on the BBC Sport website and all six BBL/WBBL finals to be shown live on the BBC red button.

 

Basketball has long been a major focus for Perform. Today’s announcement with the BBL follows Perform’s recent ground-breaking partnership with FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, which saw the London-based company become their worldwide partner for the distribution and sale of all media-related rights.

 

“This partnership with Perform Group is an absolute game changer for the BBL and the sport of basketball in the UK,” stated BBL Commercial Director, Bob Hope.

 

“It represents a massive investment in the sport, and it will allow games in the BBL to be streamed to a worldwide audience.

 

“We are particularly delighted to be able to deliver top BBL club action via a well-established partner like Perform.

 

“We are confident that both our existing basketball fans, and many new fans, will appreciate this new accessibility to the great, action-packed sport that is BBL basketball.”

 

Simon Denyer, Group CEO for Perform said, “We are delighted to reach this agreement with the BBL.

 

“It is great news for the sport of basketball in the UK, and will enhance the portfolio of products we can offer to basketball fans worldwide.

 

“We believe this partnership illustrates that Perform is a committed investor in the global game. We are excited about the BBL plans and growth strategy, and the potential of this deal to broaden our ties to British Basketball.”

 

About the BBL

The BBL - British Basketball League (www.bbl.org.uk) - is an independent company, owned by its member clubs, which has run the top men's professional league in the UK since 1987. It operates a system of franchises over the UK stretching from Plymouth in the south west to Glasgow north of the border.

 

The BBL is a major contributor to the development of the sport at all levels and its member clubs place a large emphasis on work undertaken in their local communities. The BBL also services the WBBL, and has established and supports the charity, the Basketball Foundation.

 

The 2016-17 season is to be the League's 29th, and promises to be the most successful to date both on and off the playing court.   

 

The BBL has commercial partnerships with Molten UK, Kappa, Tickets.com, Genius Sport and Synergy.

 

The BBL recently announced a new media rights deal with the BBC.

 

The three showpiece BBL Finals for the new season include the 2017 BBL Cup Final at the Barclaycard Arena on Sunday 15 January, the 2017 BBL Trophy at the Emirates Arena on Sunday 19 March and the 2017 BBL Play-Off Finals at The 02 Arena on 14th May 2017.

 

About Perform Group:

Perform is a leading digital sports content and media group.

 

Our mission is to connect the world of sport by supplying some of the quickest, most detailed and most engaging content, managing a network of wholly-owned global media brands and delivering premium sports content directly to fans.

 

Our B2B brands do this by contributing to one of the world’s most comprehensive sports content collections and distribution operations, servicing global customers in the broadcast, digital media and bookmaking industries.

 

By investing in and developing our own media brands, we create destinations in which global advertisers and brands can engage with a huge worldwide audience of sports fans across all types of digital platform

 

Perform recently launched DAZN, its multi-sports OTT service, in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan.

 

Visit http://www.performgroup.com/ for further information.


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