Aspire Inter-Regionals: Collaboration and innovation across the BE Super Regions

Basketball England’s four Aspire Super Regions recently hosted Inter-Regional Tournaments to bring together their Skills Camp players. 

Each Super Region hosted activity, with competition and individual players recognised for their standout efforts. 

The 10 BE Regions feed into four national Super Regions as follows: 

  • Central – East Midlands, South West, West Midlands 
  • London – London North, London South 
  • North – North East, North West and Yorkshire 
  • South – East, South, South East 

The North was hosted at Platt Lane and the National Basketball Performance Centre, South at Oaklands College, Central at the Doug Ellis Centre and London took place at UEL. 

See the gallery at the foot of this article for pictures from each Super Region 

The North event featured 167 U13 and U15 players from across the Super Region, supported by 20 Basketball England Aspire Coaches in Manchester.  

The round-robin format had a developmental focus with more than 40 20-minute fixtures over the weekend, culminating in age group All-Star games where the players featuring were selected by their peers for recognition. 

The event was supported by DiSE students from Myerscough College and Basketball England’s North West Region, who supplied officials through the REDD (Recruitment Education Development Deployment) programme. 

Ruben Hezekiel, a second year DiSE athlete from Myerscough, was part of a table officiating team and said: “Being back in Aspire was great! It was nice to see the next generation having the opportunity to prove and showcase their skills against different regions, whilst having lots of fun.

“I think the Aspire programme benefits the next generation well as it gives them the chance to compete with the best around the country and provides opportunities.” 

Jay Jackson, Basketball North West Referee Appointer, said: “The camp provided NW REDD, along with some of our own Referee Coaches, a platform to refine much-needed refereeing mechanics and introduce three-person crew mechanics to aspiring officials across the North West, giving us a great format to help develop and mentor.  

“Hopefully with more of these types of collaborations, we are not only shaping the future players but also laying the groundwork for the next generation of basketball officials as well.” 

Camp Director Nici Hewitt said: “It was a great weekend had by all, spectators and players looked to enjoy every aspect, it was first time we’ve done it and hopefully we will implement it again next year.” 


The Central Region also brought their basketball family together with Central Regional Talent manager Danny Williams reporting: “We were blessed to have a really supportive network of parents who helped with table official and reffing duties and registration of players throughout both days of Central Inter Regional Tournament. Without their help the event wouldn’t have been such a massive success.  

“We were treated to takes from Tiarna Desmond-Chambers, who has completed the entire Aspire Pathway and competed on England Talent Pathway, alongside registering minutes and points in the WBBL this season - all before completing her GCSEs.  

“This is a real story of success for Aspire Pathway.  

“We also had a guest speaker from our GB Maxi pathway Lee Clarke, who really engaged the players around staying consistent, enjoying the game and recognising that there are options later on in your basketball journey.”