The U17 Regional Development Tournament (RDT) gets underway this weekend at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester. The 2 day event is an excellent opportunity for talented players from across the country to come together and test themselves at the next level. The efforts of the girls and boys this weekend won’t go unnoticed as many watchful eyes will be studying each game carefully to see which players could potentially make the step up to represent Great Britain at the U18 level.
The path to get each player to this stage is a tough one though. The commitment and dedication required is high. But each player present this weekend can rely on the support of great coaches to help them try to reach the top of their game and progress through the Basketball England Performance Pathway.
One such coach is South West U17 Girls’ Carlos Moreira. Involved in basketball from an early age as a player in Portugal for F.C Barreirense, Carlos was fortunate that the coaches that influenced his early career were great role models. “They helped me grow not only in basketball but also as an individual. I always wanted to try and provide the same experiences I had,” he said.
With his own focus now firmly on coaching, Carlos admits he has been surrounded by a lot of great colleagues as he continues to try and improve. “Everyone I met in Portugal as a player, all the coaches in England, I’ve been extremely lucky to move to the South West region and keep that going. Paul Christensen has been a great influence, and so has U16 Women’s Head Coach Matt Harber. Working with him this summer was an incredible experience.”
The 31-year-old is delighted to be involved in this weekend’s RDTs and to have an opportunity to help shape the future of young, talented players. “The main motivation for me is to help our regional players reach the highest standards they can through the Performance Pathway,” he said. And with development always the key focus at the RDTs, it’s not just the players who are pitting themselves against others. “After last year’s tournament, the South West were very successful. This year I’m looking forward to seeing how the South West will perform against the better regions in the country. Hopefully, we can create a few surprises!”
Entry to this weekend’s U17 tournaments is free on both days and we’ll have significant coverage throughout the weekend on our social media channels.