Exciting times lie ahead for women’s basketball in Manchester after WBBL (Women’s British Basketball League) side Manchester Mystics opted to re-locate their 2016-17 season home games to the brand new National Basketball Performance Centre (NBPC) at Belle Vue Sports Village, as well as transferring ownership to Eastlands Trust.
The team, which currently plays and practices at the Amaechi Basketball Centre (ABC), will split training between the NBPC and ABC – two superb basketball venues that demonstrate the commitment, growth and support of the sport across Manchester.
Moving the team within Eastlands Trust, a local not-for-profit Trust responsible for operating the National Performance Centre and a new basketball academy programme on behalf of Manchester City Council, provides new and exciting opportunities for the franchise to move forward and develop the Mystics’ aspirations as a top team in the country; growing elite and community basketball in the women’s game.
The decision to relocate to the NBPC for home games was a natural step following the opening of the centre just six months ago, and is a positive outcome following the establishment of a new partnership between Eastlands Trust and Greater Manchester Community Basketball and Sports Association to develop basketball in the city. The move is also a fantastic legacy of the centre hosting the successful Great Britain Senior women’s EuroBasket Women 2017 qualification games back in February 2016.
A founder member of the WBBL League, which started two years ago, Mystics will be coached by Jeff Jones, the current Basketball Programme Manager for Eastlands Trust and a widely respected figure within both the Manchester and UK basketball scene. The Mystics will tip-off their season on 08 October 2016 with their first home game of the newly expanded ten team WBBL against Barking Abbey Crusaders.