Long-time international official Neil Wilkinson has been appointed as the new chief of training British referees.

He will become the National Instructor for referees for the 2017-18 season, British Basketball has announced, with responsibilities including the recruitment, training and testing of National and International referees in preparation for FIBA’s new Competition System and Calendar, which commences this year.

Neil is no stranger to officiating, having had 26 years experience in the role. Some of his many experiences include refereeing the men’s final at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne as well as FIBA competitions in addition to a long stint in the BBL.

“Neil’s experience, within basketball, made him the ideal candidate for the role of National Instructor,” said British Basketball chief Executive Lisa Wainwright.

“He will be pivotal to improving the standard of officiating and growing the pool of talent at every level of the game”.

Wilkinson added: “It is with great pleasure that I have taken on the role of GB National Instructor for officiating. There is a wealth of talent within our basketball community that needs to be showcased. We have a tradition of being a strong Nation within officiating and this must be built upon.

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