Harry Keats 1930-2021: The BE Life Vice President who dedicated his life to basketball

Basketball England is saddened to learn of the death of Life Vice President Harry Keats.

Born in 1930, Harry held a host of important roles within basketball, dedicating his life to the sport.

He served in many important offices in the NGB, including director, first making a significant contribution to the management of the national competitions in the early 60s.

No mean player, he ran out with teams in the Medway, his home patch, the London Polytechnic and the LLSK, amongst others.

He shone as a referee, officiating locally, regionally, nationally and blowing an impressive series of FIBA games.

Over several years he enthusiastically managed both the national senior men’s and women’s international programme and coached the very successful Abbey Woods Women’s Team.

As well as enjoying golf on the course near his home in Sanderstead, he presided over the England Basketball Disciplinary Committee.

He was a founder member of the English Basketball Fellowship and a member of the executive committee.

Basketball England CEO Stewart Kellett said:

“We are saddened to hear of Harry’s passing. He made an enormously rich and valuable contribution to the game, positively impacting the involvement of thousands in a variety of ways.

“His dedication, passion and skills served basketball brilliantly for a long period of time. Our condolences go to his family, friends and colleagues.”