As you may have been aware, Team Northumbria recently announced their intention to withdraw from the NBL with immediate effect. As such, we have been working hard in recent days to confirm a solution for NBL Division One and counter any knock on effects that would then occur across other divisions.
We have spent the past 10 days speaking to a number of clubs and analysing the best course of action. This meant contacting the sides that finished near the top of NBL Division Two, with some teams from further down the standings also expressing an interest to join Division One as well.
As you can imagine, there is a natural need for each side involved in a potential solution to consider if they could meet the standards required from a higher division and financially commit to competing at that level.
After significant discussion, we are pleased to announce that Essex Leopards will be joining NBL Division One for the 2018/19 season. For context, please be aware that Liverpool were approached about joining NBL Division One after their 3rd place finish in 2017/18, but they felt the opportunity wasn’t right for their club at this time.
With Essex moving to NBL Division One, we then had to assess a replacement for the Leopards in NBL Division Two. This required the same considerations, discussions and procedures mentioned above. We are happy to announce that East London All-Stars will be joining Division Two Men for the new season.
The following fixture adjustments will now take place for 2018/19: