England Under 15 teams announced for Copenhagen 2017

After a successful weekend on camp, both England U15 squads are now ready to compete at this year’s Copenhagen Invitational 2017. The teams spent the weekend in Sheffield being put through their paces and highlighting their skills to the coaching staff who were looking to select a roster of 12. The teams will travel out on Thursday 15th June and return on Sunday 18th June.

Under 15 Girl’s Head Coach, Cristina Stanciuca, commented on the progression of the girls programme

“I have the pleasure to lead the U15 Girls England programme and I am delighted with the impact we have had on the players development through the length of this process. At Easter, we measured ourselves against a strong Scotland programme and the opportunity to compete in Copenhagen is another great platform to measure our strengths and weaknesses once more. We are in great shape and we are ready for this challenge. This won't be easy, we know this, but our aim is to compete and to improve each game and the result will take care of itself. All members of staff and myself are really looking forward to this journey and I am sure the players are to”

The women will come up against the likes of C.D. Presentacion Granada, Netherlands (orange) and Iceland (white), tipping off against Netherlands (orange) at 1pm on Friday 16th June. The team that will be travelling is as follows:

Number

Name

Club

4

Asha Andrews

Sevenoaks Suns

5

Amelia Sandie

Brighton Cougars

6

Tamara Fournillier-Onadeko

Sevenoaks Suns

7

Molly James

Cotswold Basketball Club

8

Monique Sahnan

Surrey Goldhawks

9

Jade Guidilon-Duncan

London Greenhouse Pioneers

10

Hannah Dawson

Surrey Blue Storm

11

Ella Pearson

Ipswich

12

Zoe Kateregga

Sheffield Hatters

13

Abbey Whitehouse*

Sheffield Hatters

14

Cameron Taylor-Willis

Ipswich

15

Chenai Mushore

Sevenoaks Suns

Staff

HC

Cristina Stanciuca

AC

Troy Culley

TM

Brian Aldred**

PH

Lauren Bryan

*Abbey Whitehouse replaces Emilie Black who unfortuantly had to drop out due to injury.

**Graham Blankley, Under 15 Girls’s team manager, was unable to attend the tournament

The England Under 15 Boys will be looking to defend the title which they won last year and start their defence with a tough match up against Malbas (Sweden) on Thursday 15th June before moving on to play the rest of their group, Denmark (red) and Iceland (blue), on Friday and Saturday.

Under 15 Boy’s Head Coach, Manuel Pena Garces, felt the players gave everything this weekend at camp:

"This is a special group of young players that have been working hard since the start of the U15 programme. Around 20 players started this journey and showed great motivation and effort towards a common goal: their development to be better players.

They have supported each other and grown a culture of togetherness. Although not all of them could make it to the tournament and for different reasons we are missing some important names for this age group, I’m really proud of their growth and commitment to the national team. They have honoured the place that they have been given and I’m sure they will continue working fruitfully in the future.

The staff have also done a terrific job and shown great professionalism and enthusiasm towards the development of the team. I’m grateful for all the support and contribution they have given to make the whole team concentrate on success. We believe in the advances that we have achieved in the last month and now we are facing an international tournament with the right mindset and preparation.

We hope to honour the work done previously by Basketball England in Denmark and to return home with a smile on our faces because we matched the level of the competition. This tournament is also about learning and growing as players, it should give them the experience they need to become better at basketball and playing as a team. We are going to find maturity and for that reason, we really appreciate the support of Basketball England in organizing our participation in this event; we will work hard to not come back with any regrets"

Basketball England’s Technical & Performance Manager, Vladan Dragosavac, was at camp in Sheffield this week where he was on hand to provide his expert opinion

“I want to congratulate all of the players who have been successful in getting picked for Copenhagen. I want to also thank the staff for their professionalism and determination for this year’s programme. This is an excellent opportunity for all to gain international experience and push their development to the next level. This tournament gives us the chance to view the players and better understand where they are in terms of their development.

I also want to thank all of the club coaches that have put a lot of time and effort into their players to help them get to this level."

The next step for all of the England Under 15 programme players is the Regional Development Tournament in September where they will have the chance to progress on the pathway into the England Under 16 programmes’

The Boys squad that has been selected is as follows:

Number

Name

Club

4

Joshua Mims

Edgewood Junior School (USA)

5

Alexander Distras

Newham Youngbloods

6

Cameron Hildreth

Worthing Thunder

7

Toby Gastaldi-Davies

Oaklands Wolves

8

Malachi Boakye-Yiadom

London Lewisham Thunder

9

Veron Eze

Ipswich

10

Saul May

Manchester Magic

11

Cameron Nyarko

London Greenhouse Pioneers

12

Pharrell Wallace-Steele

City of Birmingham

13

Marcus Bucknall

London Lewisham Thunder

14

Amari Williams

Mansfield Giants

15

Matthew Marsh

Penryn Saracens

Staff

HC

Manuel Pena Garces

AC

Christopher Bourne

TM

Olga Cornish*

PH

Peter Thain

*Justin Edison, Under 15 Boy’s team manager, was unable to attend the tournament

Tournament updates can be found the through the tournaments twitter feed, @CPHInvitational and their website www.cph-invitational.dk