regional talent hubs.

In September 2019, Basketball England have made a huge step forward with the announcement of our game-changing network of Regional Talent Hubs across the country.

The initiative, which will place a host university partner at the centre of each region, will benefit clubs, players, coaches, officials, volunteers and partners and help them get the most from basketball.

After a period of research and development, Basketball England has identified a number of major reforms to the sport’s Talent Pathway so it is more inclusive and player-led and supported by more partners with a stake in the game.

The Hubs will also enable us to reinvest funds generated into our Talent system.

How the Talent Hubs will work

The Hubs will benefit young players within the Talent system as well as clubs, coaches, volunteers and other support staff in each region.

They will be supported by a team of students with our Regional Talent Managers providing leadership and additional support to ensure that key performance indicators are achieved.

The Hubs will play host to Basketball England’s Aspire Programme sessions and provide support to clubs and local league providers, as well as hosting workshops on coaching, officiating and sports science.

Basketball England have formed partnerships with seven universities and one club in eight regions. They are:

  • North East – Newcastle Eagles
  • North West – Manchester Metropolitan University
  • East Midlands – Loughborough University
  • West Midlands – Birmingham City University
  • East – University of Essex
  • South West – Plymouth Marjon University
  • South – Solent University
  • London – University of East London

A further two regional talent Hubs remain under discussion and will be announced once agreements have been reached.