35+ Tri-Nations: Hugely talented English masters teams announced for Manchester tournament

A hugely talented roster has been unveiled for the English 35+ masters basketball teams that will compete against Scotland and Wales in Manchester.

The 35+ Tri-Nations Tournament will take place on the 1-2 June at the National Basketball Performance Centre, alongside the U14s competition of the same name.

The English teams are bursting with home-grown and international talent that have won multiple BBL, WBBL, NBL and WNBL titles, as well as represented England, Great Britain, and even a Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

London Lions Academy Head Coach and former GB U20 Men’s Assistant Coach Liam Jefferson heads up the men’s squad, whilst at the helm for the women is Tees Valley Mohawks Chairman Steve Butler.


Saturday 1 june

16:00: Scotland v England (Court 2)

18:00: Scotland v England (Court 2)

Sunday 2 June

16:00: England v Wales (Court 1)
18:00: Wales v Scotland (Court 2)

16:00: England v Wales (Court 2)
18:00: Wales v Scotland (Court 1)

Squads, coaches and staff

The new Tri-Nations 35+ Masters tournament is part of GB Maxibasketball – a masters basketball performance programme – and a collaboration between Basketball England, basketballscotland and Basketball Wales.

The tournament brings an intergenerational focus to the Tri-Nations, showcasing the longevity of the basketball talent pathway from under 14 to over 35.


GB Maxibasketball Programme Director, Sadie Mason MBE, said:

“I am bowled over by the number of talented players that want to represent England at this age group.

“We are excited to put out two strong squads for this inaugural 35+ Tri-Nations masters’ competition, who will no doubt face tough competition from Scotland and Wales.

“Most of the players here are still playing at a high-level and winning domestic silverware – and in some cases, internationally recognised gold medals. The desire to represent your country never dies and there should be many opportunities to do just that as you move through your career in basketball.

“What’s more, the intergenerational nature of this Tri-Nations Tournament, means that junior England players can see that there is longevity in playing basketball and will have a raft of role models to look up to and expertise to draw on.

“Our ambition is to encourage players to continue playing basketball and competing at performance level through regular training and international events.

“I wish the teams and our coaches the best of luck ahead of the tournament.”

The competition will also serve to generate interest in the GB Maxibasketball programme ahead of the World Maxibasketball Championship, taking place on the 26 Jun – 6 July 2025 in Ticino, Switzerland.  

Expression of interests for this event will open up from July 2024 and open trials will take place in September 2024. Age groups will be 35+ to 60+ male and female. 

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A gallery of images from the tournament will appear below.