Basketball England is to get £410,000 from Sport England to upgrade the way it identifies and develops talent.

In securing the talent funds, the governing body have presented the current findings from its research and development project to developing talent and take the sport to the next level, known as the Basketball Development Model/BDM.

This includes all of the survey findings and engagement with people in the sport, as well as advice from several expert groups that are examining the player/athlete needs, coaching practice, officiating practice, sports science and medicine, player welfare, improved competition structures and playing environments. The research has identified what needs to improve so it can give more and better support to those involved in nurturing talent at club, regional and national level respectively.

Basketball England’s CEO Stewart Kellett, who led the bid with his team, believes it will help boost standards.

“The funding support from Sport England is a major boost for basketball at a time when accessing funds for talent is getting tighter” he said. “Sport England continue to recognise the value of our sport to society and we now must deliver our promises to change our practice and deliver the upgrade in the way we develop talent in this country.

“In June 2016, we instigated our BDM research programme and we have engaged many people in the game so we can express the collective views of basketball to our funders, showing that we all want to build. This is really starting to work for us now as we can show what needs to happen to support our players better. We will be taking forward the good practice we currently have and make a step change in our approach to raising our standards. This funding support has been hard earned by the basketball community – players, parents, coaches, officials, clubs, teachers, administrators and support staff in the sports science/medicine fields and I would like to thank everyone in basketball who has given their time to give feedback, attend meetings and roadshows and get more people in the sport to support the way forward.”

A full talent plan will be published in July, it was confirmed.

Former LA Lakers guard Steve Bucknall, the lead member for coaching and talent on Basketball England’s Board, added: “This is great news for all our young players with the aspiration to grow with our great game and fulfil their potential. This investment is a welcome boost for basketball and will help improve the way we identify talent and raise the standard of coaching from club level through to the national teams.”


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