After two successful December camps at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester, Basketball England is pleased to announce the list of players selected for further consideration for the England under 18 and under 16 teams.
The December camps took place on 21 and 22 December for all Men’s squads, and 27 and 28 December for all Women’s squads. 131 players attended across the two camps and 77 players have now been chosen to move forward with the programme's preparations.
A selection of players and coaches from the Scotland and Wales were in attendance across the camps as the links between the Home Nations continue to strengthen. Before each camp, a staff development day also yielded very positive results for all in attendance. Coaches shared their experiences from the 2017 European Championships, and there was a discussion on best practice in a variety of areas.
England Men’s Under 18 Head Coach Alan Keane said, “This year’s December camp was a great learning environment for all. Both players and staff brought a refreshing energy and enjoyed a very positive experience. On the court over the two days, the players created a great environment where they were given the opportunity to showcase their talents and effort. The level of competition was great and gave all coaches a lot to think about as we move forward. Credit must also go to all club and academy coaches who continue to work with these players.”
England Under 18 Head Coach Vanessa Ellis shared a similar sentiment, “It has been great to be involved with a very productive and enjoyable camp. The players and staff involved worked hard and really applied themselves. On the court there was an excellent level of talent on show that bodes well for all teams going forward.”
A selection of under 17 and under 18 boys were also able to take part in the Haris Tournament in Manchester, an annual invitational competition that took place over the 27, 28 and 29 December. That group took home 2nd place in the 8 team competition and the event provided an excellent opportunity to develop chemistry and gain valuable on court time for those involved. With 7 of the players selected for the tournament pulling on an England jersey for the very first time, a lot of positives could be taken from the 3-day event. For more on the Haris Tournament, please click here.
Players selected to the under 17 and under 15 England programmes will be announced in due course.