GB staff appointed ahead of European youth champs

The British Basketball Federation and the home country basketball associations have confirmed staff appointments for the GB youth teams competing at this summer’s FIBA European Youth Championships.  

The Championships will see over 250 teams play across 16 tournaments, three age categories and three divisions, with GB competing in Division B of the U16 men’s, and U16 and U18 women’s competitions, and in the top division of the U18 men’s tournament. 

Coaching and support staff for the teams are:  

GB U16 Women

Head Coach – Donnie MacDonald
Assistant Coach – Renee Busch
Assistant Coach – Darryl Wood
Team Manager – Hannah Shaw
Physio – Sarah Hattee
S&C Coach – Dan Cruse

GB U18 Women

Head Coach – Kenrick Liburd
Assistant Coach – Karen Burton
Assistant Coach – Lauren Milligan
Team Manager – Paula Charity
Physio – Dave Hall
S&C Coach – Leila Benyahia

GB U16 Men

Head Coach – Troy Culley
Assistant Coach – Jamie Smith
Assistant Coach – Dan Petts
Team Manager – Gavin Nayler
Physio – Elliott Cockrell
S&C Coach – Joe Gurley

GB U18 Men

Head Coach – Craig Nicol
Assistant Coach – Will Maynard
Assistant Coach – Dan Gayle
Team Manager – Damien Plummer
Physio – Aynk Vigneswaran
S&C Coach – Chris Wanford

The GB U16 and U18 teams are supported financially and logistically by Basketball England, Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales.   

BE Talent Pathway and Performance Manager Sam Messam, said: 

“It is exciting to be returning to the European Championships, following a two-year hiatus. The depth and quality of our appointed staff will provide our athletes with excellent support and give them every opportunity to put forward their very best performances.  

“We have been working with the home countries and the British Basketball Federation to prepare appropriately and will deliver the first team training camps in early July." 


July 30-August 7 

GB U18 Men will be competing in the European Championships’ top division in Turkey, taking on France, Russia and Israel in Group A of the competition. 

August 5-14 

GB U18 Women will face Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portugal, Luxembourg and Macedonia in Group A of Division B in Austria. 

August 11-20 

GB U16 Men will head to Bulgaria to face Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sweden, Portugal, Belarus and Norway in Group C of Division B. 

August 18-27 

GB’s U16 Women will face Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Luxembourg and Austria in Group D of Division B in in Podgorica, Montenegro. 

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