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Basketball Wales name DYNAMIK as their official sports flooring partners in a multi-year agreement

4 September 2020

DYNAMIK, leading UK indoor sports flooring specialists, have been appointed the official sports flooring partner to Basketball Wales for the next 5 years.

Commenting on this partnership, Basketball Wales CEO Gavin Williams said,

“We are excited to be entering into this partnership with DYNAMIK. We hold in high regard the benefits of this collaboration. DYNAMIK`s vast technical expertise in sports flooring is second to none, and the quality of their services and products are unrivalled. This is an extremely positive move forward to help further build on the successes of Welsh basketball.”

Craig Jack, Commercial Director for DYNAMIK Sport commented:

“Welcoming Basketball Wales to our family of NGB partners is something we are all extremely proud of.

Our team at DYNAMIK know how important it is to provide sporting NGBs, clubs, schools and leisure facilities with trusted advice on sports flooring installation and maintenance and aftercare.”

The partnership will ensure that there is dedicated and tailored support for the basketball community in Wales that includes advice on maintenance and facility standards. To strengthen the increasing popularity and participation of basketball in Wales, DYNAMIK will also be investing in the Welsh Schools National Tournament from September 2020, and the Annual National Awards event commencing August 2021.

For more information about this partnership please contact our Commercial Director, Kate Gordos commercial@basketball.wales


Wilson is the official basketball supplier for Basketball Wales

20 August 2020

Basketball Wales has appointed global brand Wilson Sports Goods co. as their official basketball supplier in a multi-year agreement. Commenting on this partnership, Gavin Williams,  CEO of Basketball Wales said:

“We are thrilled to be continuing and developing our collaboration with Wilson. We place a high value on the importance of partnering with those who share our passion for basketball in Wales. Basketball Wales’ vision for grassroots initiatives, our leagues, clubs, and the national elite programmes are shared by Wilson. We look forward to working with them, to further build on our successes.”

Andy Meddings, Wilson Team Sports UK & IRL

“We look forward to building upon our partnership with Basketball Wales and help support their basketball programmes and grassroot initiatives. We are excited to see Wilson basketball products support coaches and athletes at all levels across Wales for years to come.”


3×3 creates new opportunities for officials across the country

27 July 2020

With the ever increasing presence of 3×3 basketball across the globe, there is a emerging opportunity for officials to ensure that they’re a part of this new format as it continues to grow.

Basketball England have the opportunity to offer the FIBA 3×3 Officiating Basics for free to our referees, plus anyone not currently officiating but with an interest in becoming a 3×3 referee.

The FIBA 3×3 Officiating Basics webinar would be hosted using the GoToMeeting platform online and would last for 2 hours. It prioritises the differences between 5v5 and 3×3 officiating and those who attend the webinar will be awarded a Certificate of Participation.

The training is free at the outset and as you progress there will be a greater commitment required to continue your development should you wish to.

What is 3×3?

FIBA 3×3 is a hybrid of the 5v5 game and is expanding at a rapid rate. As with any game at the highest level there is a need for high quality officiating to support the development of the game for the athletes taking part. FIBA 3×3 will be a part of the Olympics going forward and will feature in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.  

All officials start at the same point and make progress according to their individual capacity.  Currently, training is undertaken online and development and progress is made through a licencing ladder to a level where you can work internationally across FIBA zones.

What to do next

From those who register their interest, the officiating departments of all three home countries (England, Scotland and Wales) will select 50 referees to take the course on behalf of GB Basketball.

The deadline for registering your interest for this exciting, free opportunity is Friday 31 July 2020.

Applicants will then receive further information by Friday 14 August 2020.

To be a 3×3 official at the highest level there is not the need to be a FIBA referee nor an official working in the top leagues of a nation.  There is real opportunity for referees to develop a new basketball skill building on prior skills and knowledge. 


Announced as official main sponsor for Basketball Wales U14, U16 and U18 teams

24 July 2020

Combine Academy, a 43-acre sports performance boarding school located in Lincolnton, North Carolina, has been announced as the Basketball Wales official 2020/21 main sponsor for the U14 and U16 boys and girls, along with both U18 teams.

Details of the sponsorship include; Combine Academy awarding two full scholarships to Basketball Wales U18 players in the U16/U18 boys program to attend the Combine Academy Elite AAU Summer Program in 2021, as well as awarding a partial scholarship to a Basketball Wales U18 player in the U16/U18 program to attend the Combine Academy High School Program during the 2021 to 2022 academic year.

Combine Academy and Basketball Wales will also be partnering to develop team training, exposure opportunities, and competitive tournaments in North Carolina for Basketball Wales elite U16/U18 girls teams. In addition, Combine Academy will be running a basketball skills camp in Wales for players ages 6 to 16 years during 2021. 

In recent years, Basketball Wales has successfully competed at the FIBA European Championships Division C, resulting in a bronze medal in 2019 and a silver medal in 2018. Basketball Wales run a well-organised, comprehensive program that includes monthly training for the incredible wealth of talented, elite players throughout their programs. With participation in basketball growing rapidly throughout Wales, Basketball Wales have a flourishing development program for U10 players and also host an annual nationwide schools’ tournament. Basketball Wales will be having trials for the U14, U16, and U18 teams in the Autumn.

“The opportunities this partnership brings will help further equip our players to fulfill their potential. We have an incredible wealth of talented players across our junior national team programmes. The Welsh players are an inspiration and they represent our country with honour and pride. Basketball Wales players who are awarded the scholarships to attend Combine Academy in the US will no doubt take their basketball to the next level. We cannot overstate the importance of having commercial partners who believe in our talented players as much we do.” – CEO of Basketball Wales, Gavin Williams.

“We are extremely excited to announce this partnership with Basketball Wales. There is a tremendous amount of talent throughout the Basketball Wales national teams, and we look forward to helping these athletes achieve their potential by offering skill development, exposure opportunities, and marketing services in order to further advance individual players and Basketball Wales.” – Vice President of Combine Academy, Matt Morris.

For more information about this new partnership please email commercial@basketball.wales


Next College Student Athlete announces international partnerships in Wales

24 June 2020

NCSA named as Official Recruiting Partner for Basketball Wales

Next College Student Athlete (NCSA), the world’s largest and most successful college athletic recruiting network, today announced an exciting new international partnership with Basketball Wales.

NCSA’s online recruiting tools and resources will be available to all Basketball Wales athletes who hope to continue their athletic careers at US colleges.

NCSA will provide recruiting education seminars at partner events, as well as online webinars to help educate athletes and their families on the college recruiting process.

Welsh athletes ages 13 years and older will have the opportunity to create a free NCSA profile when registering for events and gain access to NCSA’s recruiting network.

“For over 20 years, NCSA has been helping student-athletes from around the world achieve their goal of competing at the collegiate level,” said Phil Wallace, VP of Business Development for NCSA parent-company Reigning Champs. “With support from NCSA, Basketball Wales will now be able to offer comprehensive recruiting support to young men and women who dream of continuing their athletic career – and their education – in the US”

Basketball Wales will now be able to integrate NCSA’s recruiting software, Coach Packet, into their events. Coach Packet provides easy access to the latest rosters, player data, schedules and custom evaluation metrics by taking the historic bundles of paper handouts at recruiting events and complementing them with a dedicated universal iOS app.

“We are excited to be embarking on this new venture with NCSA. Playing US college basketball and receiving a scholarship to study is a goal for many Welsh players. Therefore, it is vital that they and their family have expert guidance in the college recruitment process. Partnering with the world’s largest and most successful recruiting network will allow our athletes to gain exposure to college coaches and open the door to countless opportunities to play in the US,” said Gavin Williams, CEO Basketball Wales.

Basketball Wales looks forward to working with NCSA to provide custom recruiting education and virtual seminars for our athletes. We have a huge amount of talent in Wales and we want to enable our players to fulfill their dreams and potential.”

The partnership will also grant access to NCSA’s team recruiting platform, Team Edition, which allows coaches to track and help guide their athletes’ college recruitment process with easy-to-use software. Team Edition provides exposure to athletes and teams, connecting users to NCSA’s database of more than 35,000 college coaches across 34 sports.

Today NSCA also announced a similar partnership with Basketball New Zealand.

Basketball Wales and Basketball New Zealand are the first foreign governing bodies to partner with NCSA. NCSA its official recruiting partner of eight U.S. national governing bodies: USA Baseball, US Lacrosse, USA Field Hockey, US Tennis Association, USA Track and Field, USA Volleyball, USA Water Polo and USA Wrestling.

Founded in 2000 to help educate student-athletes and their families on the college athletic recruiting process, NCSA today works with families, club, high school and college coaches to helps hundreds of thousands of student-athletes find their best college fit.

For any further information about the partnership please email commercial@basketball.wales


Basketball Wales Return to Play

19 June 2020

Outdoor courts are back in action.

Following today’s announcement by the First Minister, Mark Drakeford, the restriction on outdoor sports courts is to be lifted. This is following the early finish to the basketball season due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Be safe and remember to follow the guidelines.

The Basketball Wales BIG Quiz

17 June 2020

A chance for a virtual get together as a basketball community to have some fun in our inaugural Basketball Wales BIG quiz.

No basketball knowledge needed…but plenty of general knowledge.

£5 per household team, no limit on team members! We will need an email address for each household taking part so don’t forget to add it when you checkout!

The quiz will be hosted by Rach Symons (Basketball Wales Team Manager) and your quiz master for the evening will be Nick O’Leary (former U16 boys head coach).

More detail on how to join the quiz will be emailed to you nearer the time. There will be prizes for the winning team, best team name and much more!

Thanks you to Eurologo and D Williams and Son for supporting this event.

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