Manchester has been chosen to host the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Trophy on May 12th at the National Basketball Performance Centre.
The city has been named as just one of four in the UK to host the trophy and organisers will invite young players from local schools to attend the celebratory event.
The tour aims to promote the sport, while raising awareness about this summer’s FIBA EuroBasket tournament.
Stewart Kellett, Basketball England’s CEO, said: “We are very pleased that Manchester is one of the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 trophy tour stops and that we can use the profile of this great event to drive awareness for the sport and showcase some of the great work that is taking place in the local area.”
The UK leg of the trophy tour takes in Glasgow, Manchester and Cardiff before making an appearance at the BBL and WBBL Play-Off Finals at the O2 Arena in London on Sunday, May 14th.
EuroBasket 2017 will start on August 31st and see four round-robin groups staged in Finland, Israel, Romania and Turkey, with the knockout phases taking place in Istanbul’s Sinan Erdem Dome and culminating in the FIBA EuroBasket Final on September 17th.
Great Britain – led by experienced NBA coach Joe Prunty – will feature in Group D, which is being staged in Istanbul. Belgium, Latvia, EuroBasket 2011 bronze medallists Russia, 2016 Olympic silver medallists Serbia and co-hosts Turkey provide the opposition, with the Belgians up first for GB on Friday, September 1st.