GB Women's qualifiers roster announced as Handy comes out of retirement

GB Women’s head coach Chema Buceta has announced his 13-player training camp roster for the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2025 qualifying games against Sweden and Estonia later this month.

And it includes veteran Chantelle Handy, who has returned to the fold after initially retiring from international basketball.

With 140 caps to her name, Handy is hugely experienced and made herself available after several players were ruled out with injury.

She said: “I received a call from Chema asking for some support as unfortunately a few players are not able to play due to injury.

“He knows how much this programme means to me and knows I’ll always support them in any way I can. If that means coming back in to help, that’s what I’ll do.”

The team, which will once again be captained by Temi Fagbenle, faces Sweden at home game on 9 November at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester and will then face Estonia in Tallinn just three days later on 12 November.

Tickets for the home game are available now and the squad is hoping that British basketball fans will fill the stands and show their support.

Buceta said: “My feeling is positive because I see a very positive attitude from the players who will be in the team and they are capable of succeeding. I think that we are going to have a very good window.”

Great Britain 13-player training camp roster – Women’s EuroBasket 2025

Sam Ashby Guard 22 5’8” Leicester Riders (GBR)
Kirsty Brown Centre 24 6’3” Caledonia Gladiators (GBR)
Temi Fagbenle Forward 31 6’4” London Lions (GBR)
Georgia Gayle Guard 26 5’7” Sheffield Hatters (GBR)
Chantelle Handy Forward 36 6’2” Caledonia Gladiators (GBR)
Shequila Joseph Forward 28 6’1″ Panathlitikos (GRE)
Kennedy Leonard* Guard 27 5’7” Currently unattached
Abby Lowe Guard 25 5’9” Newcastle Eagles (GBR)
Erin McGarrachan Forward 31 6’0″ Caledonia Gladiators (GBR)
Hannah Robb Guard 25 5’7” Caledonia Gladiators (GBR)
Harriet Swindells Guard 24 5’5” Eintracht Braunschweig Lion Pride (GER)
Savannah Wilkinson Forward 24 6’1” London Lions (GBR)
Holly Winterburn Guard 23 5’10” London Lions (GBR)

Vanessa Ellis will once again be on assistant coach duties, along with Stef Collins. Susana Garcia will be the performance analyst for the team.

Tickets for the home game against Sweden on 9 November cost just £12 for adults and £8 for children and concession tickets are available for £10. A small booking fee will also be added to the price of each ticket. Tickets can be purchased here now.

Full details of the coaching and performance staff are included below.

Coaching Staff

Chema Buceta – Head Coach
Vanessa Ellis – Assistant Coach
Stef Collins – Assistant Coach
Susana Garcia – Performance Analyst

Performance Staff

Mark Lloyd – General Manager
Peter Thain – Head of Sports Science & Medicine
Dr Linda Evans – Team Doctor
Ross Knevett – Sports Therapist
Paula Charity – Team Manager
Lauren Newham – Media Officer