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Basketball Wales takes to the airwaves with SW20 Radio

We are delighted to announce that basketball news will be heard across the airwaves thanks to a new partnership between Basketball Wales and a new community online radio station SW20 Radio.

Commenting on today’s announcement Rhian Mackenzie, Communications Director at Basketball Wales said:

“It will be great to work with SW20 Radio to bringing basketball stories to more people across Wales. This will become the place to hear all the latest results from the South Wales and North Wales leagues as well as news of our junior and senior national teams and schools’ competitions.”

Also commenting on this new venture Barrie Jones co-founder of SW20 Radio said:

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Basketball Wales. We are all about bringing the community together and reporting on Welsh basketball results and events will raise awareness of this growing sport to our listeners.

We have music and a variety of shows for everyone and as basketball is a sport for all ages, the partnership seemed like the perfect match, this is a great opportunity for SW20 and we are excited about enjoying a lengthy relationship with Basketball Wales.”

There are several ways you can hear the great music, chat and now basketball news on SW20 Radio – online, by downloading the app and via smart speakers.


Basketball Wales welcomes new Chief Medical Officer

15 October 2020

Basketball Wales is delighted that Mr Stuart Roy, MBChB MPhil(Cantab) FRCSEd(Tr & Orth) is joining our team. He will be taking on the role of Chief Medical Officer.

He will be part of our performance group, advising our national team coaches and players as well as helping to shape our policies especially regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and our pathway to a return to play.

As part of his role, he has already worked with both Cardiff Met Archers women’s teams, ensuring that they are safe to resume contact basketball as they compete in the new WBBL season and in the Basketball England National Basketball League Division One.

Speaking on his new appointment, Stuart said: “I am very pleased to be undertaking the Chief Medical Officer role for Basketball Wales. I have a huge passion for sport, and this is a very exciting time to join as year on year basketball is growing in both popularity and participation across the whole of Wales.

I look forward to contributing to the development and success of the national teams and to help guide the Board in their decision-making.”

Stuart is currently a Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, specialising in sports injuries and all aspect of knee surgery. He is also a partner at Cardiff Sports Orthopaedics. This is a partnership of consultant orthopaedic surgeons based at Spire Cardiff Hospital in South Wales specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of bone, joint and musculoskeletal disorders including sports injuries, degenerative joint disease and arthritis.

Commenting on Stuart’s appointment; Stef Collins, Women and Girls Basketball Director said: “I am looking forward to working with Stuart and learning from him. As Chief Medical Officer he will be integral part of the team, as advisor in our governance development, working with myself, the Performance Director and our coaching staff as well as team managers and players.

His vast expertise and knowledge in sports treatment and prevention, and with the inclusion of multidisciplinary practitioners will be invaluable to Basketball Wales and for well-being of our players.”

Stuart Roy’s appointment is in a voluntary capacity


Basketball Wales is delighted to continue working with GIVOVA and Eurologo Wales

14 December 2020

Since 2015, Basketball Wales national teams have been proudly wearing their GIVOVA kit at both international and domestic tournaments. And this is set to continue with a new multi-year partnership.

Kate Gordos, Basketball Wales Commercial Director said: “We are delighted to continue the great working partnership we have with GIVOVA, making sure our national team players have good quality, affordable kit to wear at training and to wear with pride when they are representing their country at tournaments. GIVOVA will also be providing clothing for our coaches, referees and table officials.”

Mr Giovani Acanfora, GIVOVA’s President stated: “We are honoured to continue the partnership with Basketball Wales. In this very complex historical moment, sport teaches us that we must never give up or stop. To aim high and overcome difficulties, commitment and work together are needed. GIVOVA will still and proudly support Basketball Wales, in the name of the healthy and shared values of sport. Good luck to all!”

None of this would be possible without the support of our retail partner Eurologo Wales, based in Bridgend, South Wales. They have been working with Basketball Wales for a few years and in that time, they have supplied national teams with everything they need.

Stephen Vickers from Eurologo added: “We’re looking forward to continuing working with Basketball Wales as their sole retail supplier. We have worked hard to make ordering kit easier by creating an online shop for players and officials as well as working with individual teams on bespoke items for trips and tournaments both at home and overseas.

As a company we love seeing players representing Wales with passion, wearing kit we have provided.

We have some exciting new products in the pipeline for players and supporters alike. Including providing kit to the U14, U16 and U18 boys with their new sponsor, Combine Academy.”

For more information about sponsorship opportunities on Basketball Wales kit, please email commercial@basketball.wales


Her Time To Play – Hosted by Jr NBA

1 December 2020

Basketball Wales are very excited to inform you about the first “Her Time To Play Day” which will be held on 2 December 2020 from 5.00pm until 7.30pm GMT, hosted by the Jr NBA. This initiative is focused on girls and women’s basketball and will include different online activities to interact and learn from WNBA players, and NBA Female Employees. 

As a camper, you will have free access to the following activities at the “Her Time To Play Day” hosted on the OWQLO App, the official Jr. NBA League app in Europe and the Middle East:

  • Live Workout – Natalie Higby from The Durable Athlete to lead a one-hour live workout in Zoom.
  • Career Development Session – Two NBA Females employees to engage in OWQLO with participants and talk about their career paths, their roles and responsibilities, challenges, etc. 
  • Live Q&A with a WNBA Player – Opportunity to interact and learn from a WNBA Player who will share their experience and knowledge in OWQLO.

This is a free day, all you need to do to be part of this initiative is register through the OWQLOApp and enjoy this day full of fun activities! The OWQLO app can be downloaded on Apple or Android at the App store / Google Play. Instructions of how to download and register can be found in the link below.

Please remember that everyone can register now for free to the “Her Time To Play Day”.


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’ vision for the 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 the successes.”

Andy Medding, 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

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