The Basketball England awards programme has returned for 2022 and sees nominations gathered from the public across the 10 English regions, with winners selected in partnership with the Regional Management Committee Chairs.
South East Regional Chair, Sten Mayunga, paid tribute to the Regional winners, saying: “A huge congratulations to all the winners who have been acknowledged for their outstanding contribution to basketball this year. The South East is in good hands with such an amazing workforce that continues to grow the game of basketball.”
Amongst the winners is Daniel Fatomide (Coach of the Year). Daniel has been integral in supporting players to find playing opportunities for when they graduate - seeking potential clubs and coaches for them, and offering advice for their next steps. Not only does he support players within the basketball club, but also the coaches. Daniel has also been a key figure in the students’ experience within sport at the University of Portsmouth.
Also being recognised for their contribution is Brenda Holden (Volunteer of the Year). In the last two years, Brenda has given up so much of her time to rebuild the local Horsham Basketball Club alongside working her day job and caring for her husband and son, both with serious medical conditions. Before lockdown, the club only had two teams, and now with the time and effort she took to build capacity, Hawks now has a mini's group, two U12s, two U14s, an U16s, U18s, men's and women's teams.
The full list of winners is as follows:
“Congratulations to all of our winners in the South East Region!” said Pete Griffiths, Head of Participation for Basketball England. "The South East region continues to grow and thrive thanks to people like those being recognised for their contributions today. Congratulations to all of the winners in the South East."
All of the regional winners across the 12 award categories will be reviewed by a panel, with a total of three nominees per category then being shortlisted to be considered for National Awards.
The Regional Management Committee (RMC) is made up of volunteers who truly have passion for the sport. They are elected/appointed to their roles and believe in developing the sport for all. They have a rich knowledge of sport with expertise in all aspects of the game; clubs, officiating, coaching, women and girls to name a few. The Regional Management Committee work with local leagues and Area Associations to ensure quality basketball delivery occurs in the region as well as to help develop the sport across the region.
The Regional Management Committee contribute feedback from a regional level into the national discussion and direction that Basketball England take in its' strategy.
Within each region, there are a number of Area Associations and Local Leagues. These volunteer organisations are vital to the development of basketball at a local level, with the support of the RMC, as well as helping to deliver competitive basketball opportunities for senior and junior players at a local level. You can find out more information by clicking on them.
Here you can see the most recent agenda and minutes from South East committee meetings.
2022 Regional Management Committee (RMC) meeting