BBF Board Update: Strategy, National Teams, League Licence & Governance

The new British Basketball Federation (BBF) Board held its fifth meeting on 20 May 2016, as the new governing body continues the development of the strategy to take the sport forward in Britain.

The BBF Board approved the final version of the Vision and Strategy for Basketball in Britain which will be published on 24th May via

Following the wide ranging consultation through the website and stakeholder meetings which enabled more than 1000 people to contribute, the Board believes that the high level strategy has strong support from the sport and a commitment from all partners to work to transform basketball together.

The plan has been considered by representatives from the respective Boards of Basketball England, Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales, as well as the Basketball Foundation, British Basketball League (BBL) clubs and Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL) clubs. The next step will be to work with these stakeholders and other interested parties to develop the action plans, milestones, and targets to deliver the strategy. Further updates will be given, with a view to completing the process by the end of the year.

In developing these action plans, we will demonstrate how not only can the sport grow and flourish, but also contribute to the delivery of the DCMS (Department for Culture Media and Sport) and Sports Councils outcomes.

National Teams

Preparations are now advanced for this summer’s GB national teams.

The U20 Women’s squad was announced on 09 May with 16 players invited to attend a camp in Manchester on 25 June, where preparations will begin in earnest for the U20 European Championship Division B in Podgorica, Montenegro between 09 and 17 July.

GB Senior Women’s Head Coach, Jose Maria ‘Chema’ Buceta will hold the coaching reins and will be assisted by Chris Bunten, who has just led Team Northumbria to victory in the 2016 Molten WBBL Play-Off Final at The 02 – as well as Senior Women’s star Rachael Vanderwal.

The U20 Men’s squad will be announced later this week, with players invited to a camp next month in Colchester as preparation begins for the U20 European Championship Division B which will be held in Greece between 15 and 24 July. Andreas Kapoulas of BBL side Bristol Flyers will lead the team, with James Vear as Assistant Coach.

The GB men’s Senior Men’s team camp will start in Portugal on 06 August, with Head Coach Joe Prunty in the process of selecting a 16 player roster. The team will play test events in Portugal, Slovenia and also in Manchester at the new Belle Vue National Basketball Performance Centre, before travelling to Hungary for the first game of the EuroBasket 2017 qualifiers on 31 August. An announcement will be made this week on the venue and the ticketing arrangements for the three home games in September.

BBL League Licence 2016-17
Arrangements have been put in place to extend the current BBL licence to cover the 2016-17 season which will commence in September 2016, so that it will be coterminous with the WBBL licence already issued. The BBF will be developing with its partners, the plans for a new licence structure to apply from the 2017-18 season onwards as part of the action plans to implement the vision and strategy. The strategy will set out the 10 strategic objectives that will underpin the new licence arrangements for both the men’s and women’s leagues.

The Board welcomed Sam Gordon to her first meeting following her appointment as the first of three Appointed Directors to the Board. Sam will take over in terms of the oversight of the financial management and forecasting from Will Calvert, BBF Company Secretary, who has fulfilled this role for GB basketball for the last seven years. His role as Company Secretary will be taken over by Kevin Pringle. The Board thanked Will for his exceptional contribution to British Basketball.

The Board also noted the publication of the new ‘Charter for Sports Governance in the UK’ and confirmed its intention to fully comply with the provisions. It intends to start a process to recruit another Appointed Director in June.

The Board agreed that the five priorities for the Board for 2016 remained:

• Agree the Vision and Strategy for the sport and the action plans supporting it.
• Secure UK Sport and/or Sport England support as from March 2017.
• Deliver a strong and high quality GB men’s event in September within budget.
• Establish the policy and procedures to operate as the FIBA member and British NGB from October 2016
• Create a draft financial plan for 2017/18.

The BBF Board was pleased to note that Basketball Wales has been re-recognised by Sports Wales following its own governance review and supports the progress being made.

The Board intends to set up a Chairs meeting to improve the co-ordination between the BBF, the three Home County Associations, the BBL and WBBL – once the new Chairs of Basketball England and Basketball Scotland are confirmed.

Source: British Basketball