British Basketball has launched a new plan to establish and develop a national basketball coaching system across England, Scotland and Wales. 

As part of its national approach, the umbrella body has produced the first-ever curriculum and related strategies to guide coaches. The new initiative is called Areas of Emphasis, launched last week at the UK Sport offices, and forms part of British Basketball's T16 programme which focuses on GB qualifying in its own right for the 2016 Olympics. The focus of the initiatives lies with coach and player development strategies.

"The new T16 coaching initiative is a 'call to order' for governing bodies, clubs, schools and coaches to focus and develop better quality coaching and player development as part of a new and effective national coaching system," Head of Performance at British Basketball, Warwick Cann, said.

The launch of the curriculum was attended by UK Government sporting agencies as well as representatives from the coaching community in England, Scotland and Wales who all heard the strategic plan to address the technical coaching issues associated with player development in the UK.

British Basketball's Performance Director, Chris Spice, highlighted that the Areas of Emphasis guidelines for coaches was a milestone in working towards a national approach to coaching across youth age groups.

"The process started in 2007 and we now have a quality product well worth the wait which provides a technical plan for the future,” he said.

"It's a fantastic piece of work involving a good collaborative approach to engaging coaches and gathering their thoughts on what is needed now."

Steve Bucknall, former England and NBA player who is coaching the England under 18 men this summer, talked about his experiences as a player and how these new Areas of Emphasis will help guide coaches and players for the future.

"The guidelines for coaches will make them all re-evaluate their knowledge with the intent to coach better and produce better skilled players who have a good understanding of the games principles,” he said.

“I think this will truly bring coaches together for the first time. It's what we have always wanted. We will now be an association of coaches working together."

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