The Wales senior men and the U23s “Futures” programs have announced an ambitious schedule for the 22/23 season.
On the 27 August 2022 they will be holding open trials for any players aged over 18 years who are eligible to represent Wales.
Eligibility criteria to represent Wales:
- Born in Wales
- One or both parents born in Wales
- One of both grandparents born in Wales
A few words from Senior men Head Coach James Bamfield:
“We are a self-funded national team so there is a cost to be part of the program. For the coming season this is likely to be £250 with additional costs if selected for the trip to Gibraltar. We will arrange fundraising and look for sponsorship opportunities.
In exchange we are offering our players training kit, training camps, a great fixture schedule with games against BBL sides, USA select and a full international trip. We have excellent staff within the program and will help players within the program both on and off the floor. We expect to select initial squads of approx. 18 players for each squad.”
The open trials for both senior men and the U23 on 27 August 2022 will give all players who aren’t currently part of the program the opportunity to come and be evaluated by the Wales coaching staff.
Assistant Head coach Andrew Purnell outlined the requirements:
“We are looking for players who are willing to commit to the whole schedule, we appreciate this is a big commitment but only by having players on the whole program can we try to prepare appropriately to perform at the level we want to.”
Senior Men Schedule 2022/23
- 27 August 2022 – Open trial 10.00am – 1.00pm at the LC in Swansea
17 and 28 August 2022 – Senior Men Camp. Saturday 1.00-3.00pm and 5.00-7.00pm. Sunday 11.00am – 2.00pm at the LC in Swansea
- 7 September 2022 – Senior Men v USA Select, Wales National Sport Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
- 10 September 2022 – Senior Men v Plymouth Raiders (Tine and venue TBC)
- 7 and 8 January 2023 – BBL Trophy prep camp (Times and venue TBC)
- 14 and 15 January2023 – BBL Trophy (All game and training information TBC once the draw has been made)
- May 2023 – Gibraltar prep camp (Date TBC)
- June 2023 – Gibraltar trip (Date TBC)
U23s “Futures” Schedule 2022/23
- 27 August 2022 – Open Trial 10.00am – 1.00pm at the LC in Swansea.
- 27 and 28 August 2022 – U23 “Futures” camp. Saturday 3.00-5.00pm and Sunday 9.00-11.00am at the LC in Swansea (Those that are selected from open trial will be expected to stay on alongside senior men).
- 7 and 8 January 2023 – U23 “Futures” prep camp alongside senior men
- 8 January 2023 – Futures v Senior Men
- May 2023 – Gibraltar prep Camp (Date TBC)
- May2023 – Futures v Senior Men (Date TBC)
- June 2023 – Gibraltar International trip (Date TBC)
The cost to participate in the trials is £16.00
Attendees are expected to be playing in the Basketball England National League or the Basketball Wales National League. Players only playing in local leagues will need to provide a letter of recommendation from the head coach.