Basketball England makes changes to address the needs of the game

Today Basketball England announce the first phase of a change programme to improve the way it leads and develops the sport in partnership with its members, supporters and key stakeholders.

To begin this process, Basketball England carried out a significant amount of research whilst consulting a large cross-section of the sport. This included the Basketball Development Model (BDM) as a technical review of the game and roadshows that were hosted across the country to hear the invaluable views of members, players and fans. Based on the information gathered, changes are now being put in place to make a difference in the coming season. Other changes will be made throughout the year as work continues through the bullet pointed plans listed below.

Stewart Kellett, CEO at Basketball England said

'After receiving a lot of opinion from within the game, we wanted to reflect on past approaches to address current issues. Based on our own research as well as information from international sources, we now have a huge bank of opinion that points to real solutions. That includes growing basketball, developing talent to compete at world level and supporting the volunteer and paid workforce in the game. In turn we feel this will raise standards and improve our standing in the eye of the nation as a valued sport. That should carry a knock on effect internationally in terms of our ability to compete and be recognised as a basketball nation.

All our research and opinion is now being put together into various four year plans and it’s time for us to communicate these developments. What is emerging will support everyone in basketball and we can’t wait to start acting on the plans and working with the basketball community to make the change happen.'

The initial phase of changes to be implemented between now and Autumn are:

A change in roles at Basketball England so we can improve our customer service, development support and response to the things that are important to the sport from a young person perspective. This will also mean creating more quality opportunities and addressing the increasingly important matters relating to player welfare and safeguarding, as well as tackling the gap between male and female participation, coaching and officiating in the game. We will be communicating the detail of these changes in July and we will also be recruiting new staff in roles relating to customer service and digital communications shortly. This will be linked to the services we provide on a new digital platform that is in development.

For details of the current roles that are being recruited for please click HERE

Another change relates to Basketball England moving offices from Sheffield to Manchester from 26 June 2017. The new office is located at the Etihad Campus within Sports City, a vibrant and developing section of the area. The move will help the organisation reduce its running costs as well as share future service costs with other parties. The office is in close proximity to the National Basketball Performance Centre, allowing for better preparation during events, camps and development programmes. Details of our new location are available at the bottom of the page.

Our third big item of news relates to the publication and activation of new ‘Game Plans’ for Basketball. These plans will show how people can get involved in the sport and progress to reach their full potential as players, volunteers or professionals. The BDM research and consultation will support these plans for a number of key sections of the sport. In October 2017, we will be publishing and implementing the following plans:

  • The Player Pathway - a player led model, from participation to developing talent. This will give clear guidelines on what is required at each age and stage of a player’s interest and ability.
  • Coaching – a plan to retain more coaches, grow the number of coaches at all levels and provide new education and development programmes. Based on our research we plan to raise standard and improve how we develop talent to support the coach network, the needs of young people and their clubs.
  • Officiating – similar in design to the coaching plan above, we want to retain more officials, grow the number of officials at all levels and provide new education and development programmes.
  • League, competition and event structures - a four-year plan that shows what new structures are required to support participation and progressive competition opportunities. We also want to make competitions more accessible wherever possible and look at the prospect of new formats, including 3on3.
  • Sport Science and Medicine/Player Support – this plan will create a stronger focus on player welfare. Included will be the fundamentals of player health and well-being at all levels, injury prevention, strength and conditioning, nutrition, psychology and lifestyle management. Information and education programmes will be developed for players, coaches, officials, clubs and parents.

Later this coming season we will also be publishing plans to grow and improve our facilities and venues and a new approach to club development so we can provide support to help sustain and grow clubs and their volunteer base.

Our new address will be:

Basketball England
English Institute of Sport Manchester
Gate 13, Etihad Campus
Rowsley Street
M11 3FF

Telephone numbers will be available in due course but calling current BE phone numbers will connect you to the intended recipient.