The future of basketball in Scotland was today given an unprecedented boost, with the announcement of a partnership between the Glasgow Rocks, Caledonia Pride, basketballscotland, and sportscotland.
The agreement aims not only to improve the quality of on court performances, but also seeks to drive up attendances at matches as well as increasing participation in the game at all levels.
The Rocks and Pride will now play a major role on the Player Pathway in Scotland and it is hoped that as a result performances will progress both on and off the court, improving Scottish basketball as a whole.
sportscotland is investing an additional £280,000 into basketballscotland in 2016/17 – 2017/18 specifically to bolster the governing body’s performance programmes.
This investment is allowing basketballscotland to recruit two full-time national team coaches to work within both franchise teams, linking professional basketball to the national men’s and women’s teams for the first time.
It is hoped that the majority of the national team players will remain in Scotland to train and play full-time, which is a big shift in player development culture where previously playing overseas was the only option to combine elite basketball and education.
Through this agreement a core of the Scotland Senior Men’s and Women’s National Teams will be brought together to play and train in their homeland for the two years leading into the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
This partnership will provide the players with an excellent training environment which will promote the best possible performance for the national sides as they bid to qualify for the Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018.
It is hoped that the partnership can contribute to the long-term improvement of performance basketball and also inspire more youngsters to take up the sport through having Scottish role models playing in Scotland.