Schools Finals all set to tip off in Leicester this week

Basketball England are bringing together the Jr. NBA, Academy Leagues and Dynamik National Schools finals under one roof for the very first time at the Leicester Community Sports Arena between March 28th and 30th, 2017.

The three-day ‘Schools Finals Week’ will comprise of:

Tuesday, March 28th – Jr. NBA Basketball England League Finals: The top four teams from each of our Jr. NBA leagues will be competing in a Final Four format to be crowned Jr. NBA Basketball England League Champions 2017. We will be joined during the lunchtime interval by participants from our disability satellite clubs in Leicestershire, who - along with the Jr. NBA players - will participate in an NBA Cares clinic. NBA Ambassador and former Portland Trail Blazers center Audie Norris shall be in attendance on the day and will lead the clinic, as well as present the teams with their trophies, rings and certificates.

Tuesday's schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, March 29th – Academy Leagues Finals: The day will comprise of the finals of our Academy Basketball League (ABL), Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League (WEABL) and Elite Academy Basketball League (EABL). All schools/colleges that compete across the three leagues have been invited to attend the finals, which - for the second year in succession – will include a University ‘exit and progression’ exhibition. We have 20 universities confirmed to attend and they will provide all in attendance with the necessary information on the academic/athletic scholarships that are available within their programmes.

Wednesday's schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 30th – Dynamik National Schools Finals: The day will see the conclusion of the Dynamik U14/U16 Premier Boys’, U17 Boys’/Girls’ & U19 Conference Men’s/Women’s Schools Competitions. With 194 school sides competing since October across the six age groups, the final eight teams are now vying to be crowned their age group champion. The remainder of the Schools Finals, including the new U12 schools programme, will take place at the beginning of May at the prestigious National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester.

Thursday's schedule is as follows:

Charlie Ford, Basketball England’s Education & Satellite Clubs Manager, commented: “The three events will see over 1,500 young players from the around the country enjoy the experience of being part of what I am know will be a fantastic week of basketball.

“Working alongside our partners from the NBA, Association of Colleges Sport (AoC Sport) & Dynamik Sports Flooring, we have been able to put together an event schedule that will excite and inspire all in attendance to form a basketball habit for life.”

The finals are taking place at the Leicester Community Sports Arena, 31 Charter Street, Leicester, LE1 3UD. The event is free to spectators. For further details, please contact: