Basketball has “a great deal more work to do” before a unified vision for the sport can be realised

The new British Basketball Federation (BBF) Board held its fourth Board meeting on 11 March 2016 at the Sport England offices in London, as the new governing body continues the development of a strategy to take the sport forward in the UK.


• Independent BBF Chairman, Nick Humby confirmed he had me with a wide range of stakeholders as part of his induction and as part of the wider strategy consultation process.

• His activity has included conversations with Sport Scotland, Sport Wales and Sport England, attendance at basketballscotland and Basketball England board meetings, meetings with sponsors Molten and Kappa, continued dialogue with BBL/WBBL clubs, meetings with Hoops Aid, Reach n Teach and the Deng Foundation, Sharon Hodgson MP (Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Basketball), Lord Wasserman (Chair of the Basketball Foundation), BBC, FIBA and the British Olympic Association.

• In all these meetings, he confirmed there was a real sense of a new beginning and a willingness to work together to grow the sport.

• The main focus of the BBF activity remains:

  • Preparing for the BBF to take up its membership of the international federation FIBA in October 2016 and to become the NGB (National Governing Body) in Britain.
  • Developing a collaborative vision and strategic priorities for the sport.
  • Preparing for the 2016 Great Britain national team programmes: Under 20’s (men and women) in July, the Senior men in August/September and the Senior women in November.

Strategy for the Sport

• The latest status of the strategy work led by Deloitte which included feedback from the joint boards meeting of the BBF and the Home Nation Association Board members in Manchester during February was presented. Six clear linked strategic themes for the sport in Britain to develop both the men’s and women’s game were identified. These were: Performance, Talent Development, Professional League(s), Participation, Commercial / Broadcast / Promotion and Governance/ Operations.

• There is a great deal more work to do in finalising a unifying vision for the sport and then identifying the detailed actions underpinning these strategic themes. This work will progress during March and April.

• Public consultation though the website will begin on Thursday 24 March around these themes to engage interested people on the status of the game in Britain and its future ambition. Respondents will be asked to express their views on the current status of basketball in Britain including views on clubs, facilities, coaches and officials. The consultation seeks to identify the priorities that need to be addressed in performance and participation.

• Creating a new culture of collaboration and support for basketball in Britain is at the heart of the BBF’s aspirations. This would be underpinned by an open, transparent and collaborative style to build trust and respect. This culture will also hold individuals and organisations accountable and responsible for not only their own activity, but promoting the same attitude and behaviour in others. The partners in the sport will be inclusive and representative of their communities and demand high standards of performance and governance.

National Teams

• The Board noted the GB Senior women’s outstanding performances against Albania and Montenegro in the FIBA EuroBasket Women 2017 qualifiers in February and recorded its congratulations to Head Coach Jose Maria Buceta, the players and staff. The challenge now is to prepare well for the remaining qualifying games in November against Italy and Albania.

• Planning for the three men’s home game in the EuroBasket 2017 qualifiers during September is progressing. An announcement of the venues will be made shortly. The Board recognises that this FIBA international window is a great opportunity to showcase the sport and bring all participants together. We are working with the Home Nations to help create a real festival of basketball in the lead up to these games.

• The interim management of the GB teams will be overseen by an expanded Performance Management Group, with additional representatives from the Home Nation Associations to ensure we plan well for the future, link our activities in the best possible way and ensure efficient communications and decision making.

• The long term structure will emerge once the strategic plan is agreed.

• The appointment of the U20 men’s Head Coach will be made shortly after completion of the interview process.

Additional Board matters

• The Board approved the BBF budget for 2016/17.

• Applications for the Non-Executive Director responsible for Finance on the BBF board have closed. Interviews will take place shortly, with a view to making an appointment in April.

• The next BBF board meeting will be on 20 May.

Source: BBL