Representative Boys and Girls teams from across the country shall contest the Under 15 Regional Development Tournament (RDT) at the National Basketball Performance Centre (NBPC) in Manchester over the weekend of September 8th/9th.
The 10 boys’ squads and 10 girls’ squads have each been split into two groups respectively, with the boys competing in Pool A and Pool B and the girls vying for qualification from Pools X and Y.
London, the North West, the South, the South West and Yorkshire are all represented in Pool A, whereas the East, the East Midlands, the North East, the South East and the West Midlands make up Pool B.
Pool X consists of the East Midlands, London, the North East, the South East and Yorkshire, while the East, the North West, the South, the South West and the West Midlands complete the overall line-up in Pool Y.
The game action will be spread across four courts on the first day and five on day two and there will be plenty to see, do and achieve on and off the court over the course of another fast and frenetic 48 hours at the NBPC.
“It promises to be a very enjoyable and exciting couple of days up in Manchester and I hope these young players all come away having relished the responsibility of representing their respective regions at this Under 15 regional development tournament,” said Charlie Ford, Basketball England’s Programme & Pathway Integration Manager.
“This event is also free to attend, so I would urge everybody associated with basketball in this country to come out and support their own regional teams and representatives as they are unquestionably the future of this great sport of ours.
“All of us at Basketball England are very grateful to the dedication and hard work of our network of support staff and volunteers. Without their continued support, it would be nigh on impossible to put on large-scale competitions such as this one.”
As well as the group-stage games and the subsequent knockout rounds, there shall also be British Shooting Tests heats (on Court Five on the Saturday) and finals (between 1pm & 1:30pm on Court Two on the Sunday).
Presentations will commence at 4:30pm on Sunday.
Basketball England’s 10 regions will be represented by as many as 240 players in total and they be assessed by England Under 15 national team coaches throughout the duration of the tournament.
More than 40 coaches will all be evaluated by Basketball England’s Performance Coach Coordinators (PCC) and given considered feedback in return, while a similar development opportunity will be in operation for the officials in attendance.