BE RACK UP ONLINE BILLS

Basketball England’s board are expected to face robust questioning at their Annual General Meeting after it was revealed the governing body spent over a quarter-million pounds on its website last year.

The expenditure is revealed in the governing body’s newly-published accounts, covering the year up to 31 March 2017.

BE’s website, notable for its infrequent updates and technical glitches, is one stand-out item on a list that has seen administrative expenses rise from £920,878 to over £1.7 million inside 12 months – but with turnover almost doubling to £3.6m following an additional £1.6m secured in funding grants.

Directors’ salaries grew by almost 350% with an even larger rise in board and travel expenses.

The accounts also reveal the organisation’s largest single item of expenditure was £1.6 million spent on “participation, development and performance,” up by 408,000 from the previous year.

However, that comes amid delays in implementing a highly-touted Basketball Development Model which are also likely to be put under the spotlight at the AGM, which will be held in Manchester on Saturday following a previous postponement.

It is understood BE’s chief executive Stewart Kellett is returning after six months on leave for a “stress related illness” but his long-term future remains unclear.

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