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Jr. NBA Wales Draft Day delivers on it’s promise!
PRESS RELEASE
DATGANIAD I’R WASG
6 December 2021

The Jr. NBA Wales Draft at Aberystwyth University Great Hall

The schools selected for the 2021–22 Jr. NBA Wales League made their way to Aberystwyth University for a fun-filled day, meeting the other schools, participating in basketball skill sessions and learning more about the Jr. NBA. Teachers from each school were involved with a Power Hour session to help them with coaching their teams before the competition begins next year. It was the day that all 32 participating Welsh schools had been waiting for – Jr. NBA draft day! Which NBA team would their school be representing? Will it be Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors or Dallas Mavericks and the magical Luka Doncic?

The highlight of the day was the draft itself. Similar to the NBA, teams are divided into two conferences. The North and South Conference competitions will take place in March 2022 at venues in Bangor and Cardiff respectively, while the Jr. NBA Basketball Wales League Finals will take place in June 2022 in Aberystwyth. The Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball program for boys and girls, teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game – teamwork, respect, determination and community – at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.

“Setting up a Jr. NBA League here in Wales has been on the Basketball Wales wish-list for a long time,” said Basketball Wales Jr. NBA project lead, Jon Bunyan. “It has taken a lot of hard work by a dedicated group of people to get us here, but the Draft day was one we will never forget! We had a lot of volunteers to help us deliver the skills sessions, whilst Adrian Carrion Armas from the NBA delivered sessions to the teachers. We hope all of the morning activities inspired the schools”.

“The main draft event surpassed all of our expectations as the response from pupils was phenomenal. We would encourage you to watch the YouTube video of the event – as we are really proud of how it was all brought alive to help emphasise this is a programme all about the kids and inspiring them to play basketball through their Jr. NBA experience”.

Watch the event on Youtube here

The list of those to thank is extremely long. We had over 70 volunteers! I would like to say a big thank you to them all and also:

Adrian Carrion Armas, EME Basketball Operations, National Basketball Association (NBA)
• Our host for the Draft event, Jamie Mcansh, http://www.jamiemcansh.com
Funmi Oduwaiye
Aberstwyth University
• Aberystwyth University staff
• Professor Tim Woods
, Pro Vice-Chancellor
Darren Hathaway, Head of Sport & Grounds
Jeff Saycell, Sports Facilities & University Grounds Manager
Aureil Martin, Operations & Planning Manager
Joe Wilcox, http://www.lightemup.co.uk
John Smith, http://www.sameoldsmith.com
John Davenport, http://www.instagram.com/johnmd_photography

Over the next few years, Basketball Wales will be developing the Jr. NBA initiative to include a girls’ only league with teams representing the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association), and wheelchair basketball league. Our ambition is to grow the competition so that many more schools can participate, and more young people can get the chance to play basketball.”
http://www.basketball.wales/jrnba


Team Wales head to Scotland to fight for a place in the Commonwealth Games

It might be home advantage for Scotland, but Wales men and women will be travelling to Paisley after Christmas full of confidence to try and secure a place in next year’s Commonwealth Games 3×3 tournament.

3×3 basketball has seen a huge rise in popularity, with tournaments happening throughout the UK this summer – including our very own 3×3 Summer Tour, and of course 3×3 basketball making its debut at the Tokyo Olympics.

Next year will see another first for the sport as it features in the Commonwealth Games. The games, being held in Birmingham, will be an amazing opportunity for people to see this fast-paced version of the game. And Basketball Wales wants to be part of the action…

Competing for those gold medals will be 16 (eight male and eight female) teams. 14 of those teams have already qualified. The final 2 places will be determined at the Home Nations Qualification Tournament being held on 28 December at the Lagoon Centre, Paisley. Wales men and women will face Scotland and Northern Ireland in this winner takes all tournament.

As a coach I’m grateful for this competitive opportunity. As a team we can’t wait for this opportunity be a part of Team Wales at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. What an honour that would be!

I also hope that this can kick start a 3×3 revolution in Wales. It’s a fantastic way develop players who have a good level of individual technical and tactical ability.

James Bamfield, Wales Men Head Coach.

Here are the teams that will be competing in the 3×3 Tournament (29 July – 2 August 2022) at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham:

Women

  • England (qualify as hosts)
  • Kenya (Africa)
  • Canada (Americas)
  • Sri Lanka (Asia)
  • St. Lucia (Caribbean)
  • New Zealand (Oceania)
  • Australia (Direct qualification)
  • Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland (Europe – Home nations qualifier)

Men

  • England (qualify as hosts)
  • Kenya (Africa)
  • Canada (Americas)
  • Sri Lanka (Asia)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean)
  • New Zealand (Oceania)
  • Australia (Direct qualification)
  • Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland (Europe – Home nations qualifier)

We will bring more information on the format of the tournament when we have it.


GB age group teams statement

26 November 2021

Great Britain will enter four junior teams in the FIBA European Championships 2022 after a plan to fund the programmes was drawn up by the Home Countries.

The male and female GB U16s and U18s will enter competitions next summer, supported financially and logistically by Basketball England, Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales.

With the British Basketball Federation’s UK Sport funds only allowed to be focused on the men’s and women’s senior teams, the Home Countries have collaborated to provide a juniors funding package that can afford to prepare and field four teams.

The difficult decision has been made, between the BBF and HCAs, that the younger age groups will be prioritised and the two U20s teams will not take part.

All GB age-group teams were withdrawn from European competition in 2021 because of COVID-19 and despite the adverse impact of the pandemic on income streams for all NGBs, there has been a collective commitment to ensure at least some of the nation’s young talent do not miss another chance to develop on the international stage.

With many U20s players finding competitive opportunities in other fields, such as the domestic and international education and senior club settings, it was decided the limited funding should be focused on the U16 and U18 age groups.

Toni Minichiello, Interim Chair of the BBF, said: “I’d like to offer my thanks to the Home Countries for stepping in to back as much of the junior programme as is possible.

“The BBF’s UK Sport support doesn’t allow us to spend the Progression funding we have received on anything other than our senior teams.

“Therefore, it is fantastic news that the HCAs have been able to help out to back four of our six teams. Of course, we would all love to be able to find the money to do more, but basketball is not a rich sport and collaboration, as we saw in the summer with Basketball England’s support of the GB 3×3 teams, is helping us do what we can with limited funds.”

Steve Bucknall, Basketball England Head of Talent and Performance, said: “England and the other home country associations have been able to pull together funding to allow our U16s and U18s compete next year.

“Following long and difficult discussions and deliberations, including with our BBF colleagues, we have been able to offer a solution that allows four of the GB teams to compete next year. It comes against the challenging and uncertain financial backdrop for all organisations involved caused by the pandemic.

“We are aware that it will be a big disappointment to the players and coaches involved at U20 level but delighted to be able support four of the teams.”


Basketball Wales kick start their new student internship programme

29 October 2021

Basketball Wales is proud to announce that the first Santander Internship scheme with Cardiff Metropolitan University was a success.

The scheme enabled Basketball Wales to recruit a student for the summer of 2021 from Cardiff Metropolitan University. The internship allowed the student to gain valuable work experience with a National Governing Body (NGB) within a rapidly growing sport.

After a rigorous selection process involving an initial application and an interview, Reeve Messenger, a 2nd Year BSc Sport Management student with a passion for sports development and sports marketing was appointed as a Marketing and Public Relations Intern.

Commenting on his experience, Reeve said: “I am really thankful that Basketball Wales gave me the opportunity to get experience with such a reputable organisation. As a student during these unfamiliar times, it can be hard to find relevant work experience, so I am grateful for Cardiff Metropolitan University, Basketball Wales, and the Santander Internship scheme for allowing me to gain experience that will be invaluable in my future career.”

Leading on the partnership was Commercial Director, Kate Gordos:

“Basketball Wales were excited to get involved with the Santander Internship scheme this summer – partnering with Cardiff Metropolitan University. We had an important nationwide launch of our new mini basketball initiative ‘Smaller Ballers’. We felt this project was perfect for a student from the Sport Management course and we are delighted with how the launch went.

“Reeve was given autonomy to create a timeline marketing plan for this launch and create the digital content used across social media platforms and the new Smaller Ballers website, whilst monitoring the engagement over an 8/9 week period. We look forward to following Reeve’s career in the future, and hope to work with Reeve on future projects. Thank you to Natalie Light at Cardiff Metropolitan University who has supported Basketball Wales through the whole process

Natalie Light from the university said: “It has been wonderful working with Basketball Wales on providing an internship for Reeve this Summer. From my initial meetings with Kate Gordos and learning about the Smaller Ballers initiative, I was so excited that one of Cardiff Met’s students would get to be a part of its launch.

“Reeve has been able to gain some invaluable experience with a fantastic organisation, and in turn has been able to contribute a professional, engaging marketing plan for their launch. I hope that we can continue the partnership between Basketball Wales and Cardiff Met in future!”


Officials for the British Basketball League and the Women’s British Basketball League announced by each Home Country Association

9 September 2021

The list of officials selected to operate in the British Basketball League (BBL) and the Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL) for the 2021/22 season has been approved by the British Basketball Federation’s (BBF) Technical Commission, in conjunction with the GB National Instructor.

These elite GB officials, were nominated by the Basketball Wales Officiating Committee. All officials will be licensed and insured by the BBF as well as being supported with their continued development.

Basketball England and Basketball Scotland will also be nominating their own officials.

The officials selected by Basketball Wales are:

Referees
  • Dan Cox
  • Firooz Dehdarvand
  • Ashley Fisher
  • Matt Godfrey
  • Gavin Williams 
Table Officials 
  • Caitlin Arnold
  • Thomas Cox
  • James Dawe
  • Eloise Ferguson
  • Beth Jones
  • Rhys Mackenzie
  • Rhian Mackenzie
  • Azeb Smalley
  • Winston Williams 
Statisticians 
  • Duncan Mackenzie

Commenting on today’s announcement Basketball Wales Chair Keith Mair said:

“It’s great to see a number of officials from across Wales are going to be active in the BBL and WBBL this season. Basketball Wales has a strong tradition of developing officials that have the skills and competencies of working at the highest level of the sport within GB and this year is no exception.”

In other officiating news…

Basketball Wales would also like to take this opportunity to wish Haydn Jones, former FIBA and BBL/WBBL referee; and long standing Basketball Wales board member as Director of Officiating , the best of luck as he relocates to Scotland to start a new job. 

Haydn might be stepping away from the court this season but he’s still going to be involved with basketball and officiating. He has taken up a role with the BBL/WBBL and will be responsible for the nomination of game appointments and the development and training of officials. 


NBA and Basketball Wales launch country’s first Jr.NBA league

26 August 2021

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Basketball Wales today announced a new partnership to create the first Jr. NBA Basketball Wales League in the presence of Wales Basketball CEO Gavin Williams, NBA Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations, Europe and Middle East, Neal Meyer and guests in Cardiff.  The school-based league for girls and boys ages 11-13 will tip off with a Jr. NBA draft event on Nov. 23 in Aberystwyth.

The Jr. NBA Basketball Wales League will be available for 32 local schools throughout Wales, spanning each of the country’s 22 local authorities.  School teams will be selected at the Jr. NBA Draft to represent one of the 30 NBA teams and will receive corresponding NBA team-branded jerseys for their games.  As part of the event, players and coaches will find out more about the competition, meet the other schools and take part in a range of skills challenges

The Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball program for boys and girls, teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game – teamwork, respect, determination and community – at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.  During the 2019-20 season, the NBA and its teams reached 14.5 million youth around the world through in-person events and clinics, before transitioning to virtual programming and online youth basketball development events that generated more than 210 million views from youth players and fans in 118 countries.

“Setting up a Jr. NBA League here in Wales has been on the Basketball Wales wish-list for a long time,” said Basketball Wales Jr. NBA project lead Jon Bunyan.  “It has taken a lot of hard work by a dedicated group of people to get us to this point and we are all delighted that the NBA have approved our plans for the league.  Over the next few years, we will be developing the Jr. NBA initiative to include a girls’ only league with teams representing the WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association), a wheelchair competition and developing links with youth sports organizations.  Our ambition is to grow the competition so that many more schools can participate, and more young people can get the chance to play basketball.”

“We are pleased to partner with Basketball Wales to promote youth basketball development across the country through the launch of the Jr. NBA Basketball Wales League,” said Meyer.  “Together we will offer a program that fosters healthy competition, teaches the values of the game, and provides an opportunity for children to have fun while learning more about the sport.” 

Similar to the NBA, teams will be divided into two conferences.  The Northern Conference, representing the NBA’s Eastern Conference, and the Southern Conference representing the Western Conference, will each include 16 teams.  The Northern and Southern Conference games are tentatively scheduled to take place in March 2022 at venues in Bangor and Cardiff respectively, while the Jr. NBA Basketball Wales League Finals are tentatively due to take place in June 2022 in Aberystwyth.

For more information on the Jr. NBA League program in the UK, please visit jrnbaleague.uk/ and follow the Jr. NBA on Facebook (Facebook.com/jrnba), Instagram (@jrnba) and Twitter (@jrnba).

For more NBA information, fans in the UK can visit NBA.com/UK, the league’s official online destination in the UK, and follow the NBA on Facebook (NBA), Twitter (@NBAUK) and Instagram (@NBAEurope).


iPRO Extends Partnership with Basketball Wales For 3×3 Summer Tour 2021

Basketball Wales are pleased to announce iPRO Hydrate as the ‘Official Hydration Partner’ for the Basketball Wales 3×3 Summer Tour, as an extension of their present partnership.

To celebrate the return to Basketball post-COVID-19 restrictions, Basketball Wales is hosting an outdoor 3×3 competition for U14’s, U16’s, U18’s, and senior teams. The next event takes place on the 8th of August at Tonyrefail, and the final event will be held on the 29th of August in Cardiff. This partnership will provide participants with the healthy hydration they need to perform at their best during the fast-paced competition. iPRO will also award winners of each category with iPRO Hydrate – Sport Edition packs and iPRO Water Bottles.

iPRO Hydrate – Sport Edition is an Informed Sport certified hydration drinks range trusted by sporting organisations and athletic communities worldwide. Scientifically formulated to hydrate players at an optimal level, the gold-standard hydration solution helps to fuel endurance performance and maintain concentration. Infused with added electrolytes and supplemented with vital vitamins, the same great-tasting iPRO Hydrate – Sport Edition range can now be experienced at home by purchasing at http://www.iPRO.Direct for less than £1 a bottle!

iPRO will deliver their iPRO Hydrate – Sport Edition range to the 3×3 Summer Tour as part of #iPRODirectToYou, a campaign recently unveiled by iPRO to help grassroots sports bounce back following the impact of Covid-19. Grassroots sports play a huge role in young people’s health and wellbeing. Bearing in mind that 50% of mental health issues are established by the age of 14, words can’t describe how important sports like Basketball are to the lives of young people.

Any grassroots clubs can get involved with the #iPRODirectToYou campaign by purchasing promotional packs of iPRO Hydrate – Sport Edition for less than £1 a bottle at http://www.iPRO.Direct to resell at events and tournaments. Clubs will keep profits made to fund their day-to-day running expenses, so they can get back to giving young people the opportunity to play again.

Gavin Williams, CEO of Basketball Wales, commented on the announcement:

“We have a highly valued, long-standing partnership with iPRO Hydrate, and we greatly appreciate their continued support of Welsh basketball. After a very successful start, the

Basketball Wales 3×3 Summer Tour is set to become an exciting annual event and we aim to increase venues and participation every year. We have great outdoor courts facilities, and we want to showcase these venues, as well as giving players an opportunity to participate in 3×3 competitions. As we have seen in the Olympics and hopefully in next year’s Commonwealth Games, 3×3 is an exciting and accessible format of the sport. We have extremely supportive clubs and individuals, who alongside our commercial partners have been instrumental in making the tour a success. I’m sure that you are going to enjoy the basketball at our final event of the summer in Tonyrefail and Cardiff”.

Beth Jones, Basketball Wales 3×3 Lead and Event Organiser, also commented:

“I am delighted to be part of the Basketball Wales 3×3 Summer Tour, bringing this fast-paced format of the game to town and cities across Wales. We’ve had a fantastic turnout in both Swansea and Flint and hopefully, future events in Tonyrefail and Cardiff will be sell-outs!

It’s been a lot of fun, and it’s been so good to have competitive basketball being played again following the difficult year that we’ve all had. To see players, parents, and supporters enjoying themselves at the events has made all the organising work worthwhile! As we look forward to the rest of the tour, it’s brilliant to have the support and backing of iPRO Hydrate”.

iPRO Global Partnerships Manager, Lucy Darrall, said:

“We’re thrilled to extend our partnership with Basketball Wales and become the ‘Official Hydration Partner’ for their 3×3 Summer Tour. We’ve loved supporting Basketball Wales players at their annual events and training sessions with our healthy hydration range, and to support this fantastic event through the #iPRODirectToYou campaign is an absolute privilege. With 3×3 Basketball making its debut at both the 2020 Summer Olympics and 2022 Commonwealth Games, it’s an exciting time for this format of the sport. We wish all of the teams the best of luck!”

Get in on the action and order your own supply of healthy hydration for less than £1 a bottle including FREE delivery at http://www.iPRO.Direct.


Return to play – COVID-19 update

4 May 2021
Caernarfon Celts enjoying training outdoors

With all of Wales now entering alert level 3, here is the guidance from Basketball Wales on returning to playing and training both indoors and outdoors.

These are all applicable from Monday 3 May 2021

Please continue to adhere to the guidance and stay safe.

Outdoor sessions
  • Organised club events only, COVID officer must be present.
  • All our COVID-19 checking protocols apply – declaration statement, a log of who attends for contact tracing, cleaning station for equipment and hands.
  • No sharing transport to sessions unless you’re in same household or support bubble.
  • No maximum numbers for children U18s but clubs please be guided by the space available and the number of people needed to supervise.
  • Maximum number of 30 for adults over 18s. This includes coaches actively involved on the court, volunteers off court and not directly involved are not counted in the maximum number.
  • Off court – social distancing applies to all and no sharing of drinks, towels or food.
  • Adult spectators/parents should not be on or near the court unless they need to be closer to provide support or assistance to a child or vulnerable adult.
  • Contact play is allowed but keep periods short (10 to 15 minutes), keep people in the same small groups, those in a household bubble can play together.
  • Regular breaks – clean hands and sanitise all equipment at each break.
Indoor sessions
  • Organised club events only, COVID officer must be present.
  • All our COVID-19 checking protocols apply – declaration statement, a log of who attends for contact tracing, cleaning station for equipment and hands.
  • No sharing transport to sessions unless you’re in same household or support bubble.
  • U11s – no maximum numbers but clubs need to be aware of the space available to and the level of supervision needed.
  • Over 12s (including adults) – maximum of 15. This includes coaches actively involved on the court, volunteers off court and not directly involved are not counted in the maximum number.
  • Off court – social distancing applies to all and no sharing of drinks, towels or food.
  • No spectators or parents allowed court side unless they need to be there to provide support or assistance for a child or vulnerable adult.
  • All our COVID-19 checking protocols apply – declaration statement, a log of who attends for contact tracing, cleaning station for equipment and hands.
  • Regular breaks – clean hands at each break.
  • Face coverings must be worn (unless exempt) on entering and leaving the building or when going to use the toilets.
  • Face coverings must be worn by anyone off court, unless exempt.
  • Face coverings are recommended for coaches on court but this can be a face shield to assist with communication.
  • Please note the regulations on multiple groups of 15 in any one single space is still being clarified so please keep numbers to 15 per basketball court for now until we get the clarification.  Players and coaches in each group should not be swapping between groups during a session.
Modified contact play summary
  • Small groups for drills, skills and fitness, contact game play must be 3×3.
  • Ball sharing is allowed but strict cleaning and sanitising procedures must be in place:
    • Skills and drills – at each break all balls in use must be cleaned and sanitised
    • Contact game play – every time a ball goes out of play it must be swapped for a clean ball, balls must be cleaned and sanitised at every break
  • Contact game play is allowed but keep periods short (10 minutes maximum indoors), keep people in the same small groups, no swapping players or coaches between each group, those in a household bubble can play together.
  • Contact game play initially will be within your own club.
  • Modified rules apply – no high fives, celebrations and off court social distancing applies.

For more information please contact enquiries@basketball.wales and go the COVID-19 Hub for all the latest guidance and resources.


Stay Active…sign up and you could win

21 April 2021

The Jr. NBA Stay Active – Online was launched on 22 March and has been a huge success from live Q&A sessions with Stef Collins and Robyn Love, a well-being and mindfulness guide with Azania Stewart and various skill sessions with coaches from Basketball Wales, Basketball England and Basketball Scotland. The virtual program is available via OWQLO, the official Jr. NBA League app.

With some exciting stuff still to come as part of the Stay Active programme you have an extra incentive to sign up…you could be in with a chance of winning a £100 NBA store voucher.

See all terms and conditions:

  • The Promoter is Basketball Wales, 5 Cwrt Rebecca, Pontradulais, Swansea SA4 8LJ
  • These Terms and Conditions refer to a randomly drawn competition entered by children signing up to ‘Jr. NBA – Stay Active’ via an online sign-up form on Thursday 22nd and Thursday 29th April after the link is shared through Basketball Wales social channels.
  • Children will be automatically entered into the prize-draw and the participant will be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  • Only one registration will be accepted per valid email address. Multiple entries with the same email address will be disqualified.No responsibility can be accepted for registrations not received for whatever reason.
  • The competition will close at 11:59pm on Thursday 29th April 2021. After this time there will be no further draws, unless notified through Basketball Wales Social Media.
  • There are seven prizes in this competition, with seven separate winners receiving one prize each. The prizes are 7 £100 NBA EU store vouchers.
  • Winners will be notified by email within 2 working days of each of the draws closing.
  • Each prize must be claimed by the winner within 14 days of notification.
  • Vouchers must be redeemed by 31 July 2021.
  • The prize is not transferable and no cash alternative is available.
  • Basketball Wales will not take responsibility for any lost prizes – replacements cannot be issued.
  • If you are a winner, Basketball Wales may request you to participate in any publicity or promotion organised by Basketball Wales including promotional photographs. If you are Under 18, your parent/guardians permission will be sought.
  • You are providing information to Basketball Wales and OWQLO as part of your Jr. NBA Stay Active Sign Up.
  • Basketball Wales reserves the right to withdraw this offer or amend these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice.
  • In the event of any dispute regarding the Terms and Conditions, the conduct, results and any other matters relating to this prize draw, the decision of Basketball Wales shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
  • Parents will be contacted to accept prizes on behalf of under 18s.

Jr. NBA to offer new virtual programming to youth players across the UK in collaboration with basketball federations in England, Scotland and Wales

18 March 2021

The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced the launch of Jr. NBA Stay Active – Online, a series of virtual basketball and life skills development sessions for young people across the UK.  The new virtual program, launched in collaboration with Basketball England, Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales, will tip off on Monday 22 March 2021 via OWQLO, the official Jr. NBA League app.

Jr. NBA Stay Active – Online will offer boys and girls the opportunity to participate in basketball development sessions alongside their peers from across the UK and under the guidance of former NBA players, current and former British professional players and staff from all three basketball federations.  In addition to helping young boys and girls develop on the court, the program will feature live Q&As with current and former professional players and provide off-court resources to foster leadership and life skills development.   

“We are delighted to collaborate with the basketball federations in England, Scotland and Wales to deliver impactful virtual basketball development programming to youth across the UK,” said NBA EME Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations Neal Meyer.  “The program will be widely accessible through the OWQLO App, and provide young boys and girls with the tools and resources to stay connected to the game, develop their skills and learn the core values of basketball.”

Before transitioning to virtual programming in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Jr. NBA Basketball England League featured 16 leagues for 11- and 12-year-old boys and girls in seven cities and regions across England.  In 2019, Basketball Scotland hosted two Jr. NBA Leagues and launched the first-ever Jr. NBA Wheelchair League.  

The Jr. NBA Stay Active – Online program marks the Jr. NBA’s first collaboration with Basketball Wales.

The Jr. NBA is the league’s global youth basketball program for boys and girls, teaching the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game – teamwork, respect, determination and community – at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.  During the 2019-20 season, the NBA and its teams reached 14.5M youth around the world through in-person events and clinics, before transitioning to virtual programming and online youth basketball development events that generated more than 210M views from youth players and fans in 118 countries.

For more information on the Jr. NBA League in the UK, please visit http://jrnbaleague.uk/

Fans in the UK can find more NBA information at NBA.com/UK, the league’s official online destination in the UK, and on Facebook (NBA) and Twitter (@NBAUK). 

About the NBA

The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming available in 215 countries and territories in more than 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2020-21 season featured 107 international players from 41 countries.  NBA digital assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.9 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognised youth-serving organisations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.


FIBA Europe coaching certificate (FECC), looking for candidates

18 February 2021

Basketball Wales has the opportunity to nominate candidates for the next round of the FIBA Europe coaching Certificate (FECC) commencing this summer (COVID-19 restrictions permitting).

All applications are submitted to the British Basketball Federations who will then apply on our behalf to FIBA for candidate consideration. You can get more information on the FIBA website.

The curriculum for the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate has been developed by some of the best-known coaching experts in youth basketball. The mentor of this programme is Svetislav Pesic, widely recognised as one of the most successful basketball coaches in Europe and the world.

Participant conditions and criteria for selection

Nominees must be actively coaching young players in Wales. In addition, nominees must be:

  • Currently affiliated coach with Basketball Wales
  • Committed to attending and completing all elements of the FECC.
  • Coaching within the Basketball Wales National Team Programme or GB National Team or a Head Coach in a Basketball Wales affiliated club 
  • Coaches should remain coaching within a Welsh programme for the duration of the FECC qualification.  
  • Hold a Level 3 Qualification (desirable)

 The successful candidate must:

  1. Complete a comprehensive written report detailing coaches learning, new skills, techniques and drills on each week to be circulated to all Basketball Wales coaches.
  2. Deliver presentations to Basketball Wales club coaches to share learning. 
Examination regulations

To receive the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate each participant must:

  • Attend all three clinics in full
  • Complete 2 written papers
  • Pass a practical examination
  • Pass the oral examination
  • Pass the final written exam
Participation fees

Candidates will need to cover all accommodation/travel expenses themselves. There is no coach tuition fee for the FECC. However, Basketball Wales will reimburse agreed transportation costs up to a maximum of £350.00 on completion of nominated coaches agreed conditions above.We have an extremely tight deadline to submit our candidates to the British Basketball Federation.

If you would like to be considered as a candidate please can you email back an expression of interest to Basketball Wales. Decisions on selection will be made on the application submitted (no interviews) due to the timescales. 


Basketball Wales performance in the safe hands of Simon Fisher

Basketball Wales would like to announce a change on the Board of Directors.

We are delighted that Simon Fisher has accepted the position of Director National Teams following the announcement that Cameron Seeley was standing down due to work commitments

Simon will be working along side Stef Collins, Women and Girl’s Performance Director.

Some of you might know Simon, but if not here’s more about him…in his own words.

“I have been involved in the game for approximately 35 years, ever since I started watching and playing in Birmingham. I developed a passion for the game through my father, and ever since I have found many roles in the game, at all levels, from playing (badly) at local league level in the West Midlands, to officiating in the game, then starting coaching at Stoke Basketball Club / Staffordshire University at 19 years old.

That decision to start coaching ultimately led me to this role working with Wales. I have followed a path working with Basketball England national teams, as a Team Manager, Assistant Coach and then Head Coach of England U16s from 2007 to 2011. That experience of European competition, then continuing to be involved in England development programmes up to 2014, led to an appointment with Wales U16s as Head Coach and a successful campaign at the 2018 U16 FIBA European Championships Division C . Alongside working with national teams, I have coached Club basketball from U16s to Senior Men, with Birmingham, Shropshire, Bromsgrove, Derby and Manchester.

My experiences within my professional career as a Sports Development Officer, provided me with an understanding of systems and structures. I am now the Academy Lead for British Wheelchair Basketball, working with the performance athletes, as well as having the honour of Team Managing the Senior Men’s Team – attending European and World Championships.

This role with Basketball Wales allows me to invest back into the sport I love, provide some guidance and advice to others. I won’t and don’t have all the answers, however I believe in a collaborative approach, as we can achieve more together. As we develop the programme for Wales, it is my belief we can together provide the structures to provide a positive experience for all, building on the excellent work that Cameron Seeley started.”

Basketball Wales would like to extent their thanks to Cameron Seeley for all his work and we wish him well in his new job and hopefully we will continue to see him at a support local and national basketball in Wales.


Basketball Wales takes to the airwaves with SW20 Radio

6 January 2021

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


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.”

Commenting on today’s announcement, Andy Medding, Wilson Team Sports UK & IRL said:

“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.”


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