Basketball England are pleased to welcome Alan Richardson and Graham Biggs to the Board of Directors following their elections at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Manchester at the weekend.
A highly experienced and well-respected official, Richardson joins the National Governing Body (NGB) having conducted referee camps and clinics around the world for the past 30 years.
He has been a FIBA-accredited referee at major events like the European and World Championships for two decades now and held technical advisory (Euroleague) and technical consultancy (FIBA) roles for 10 years too.
“First of all, I’d like to say a big thank you to all of the people who voted for me,” Richardson commented.
“I hope to bring my wealth of experience to assist Simon Unsworth (Delivery Manager – Infrastructure) and Shaun Williams (Referees & Volunteers Co-Ordinator) to deliver the Officiating Game Plan, participate in the training and development of referees and – hopefully – integrate coaches and referees in future opportunities.”
Biggs meanwhile has been involved in basketball throughout his entire life as a player, coach and facilitator.
He has over 40 years’ worth of experience across National, Regional and Local Leagues, spanning many different age groups and both sexes – boys and girls, women and men.
“I’m delighted to have received the support of members to be elected to the Board of Basketball England,” said Biggs, who is the chairman and joint founder of the Herefordshire Basketball Association.
“I have had so much joy from my own love of basketball I now look forward to helping to shape its future.
“There are challenges ahead for our sport, but together we have to move from controversy to success; confusion to clarity and through this, be the most successful membership organisation in English sport.”
Clare Wardle, Basketball England’s Independent Chair, stated: “It’s fantastic to have true basketball people with the calibre and credentials that Alan and Graham possess join our organisation at boardroom level.
“Their longstanding experience, expertise and knowledge is sure to assist us as we plot a productive path for the sport over the next six years as part of our Strategic Plan 2018-2024.”