A group of leading clubs has pledged to continue to fight for change within Basketball England following Saturday’s AGM in Manchester.

Contentious proposals to transfer additional powers from the membership to the governing body’s executive were passed despite vocal opposition and a rigorous line of questioning over how BE is being run.

Although a rebel grouping seeking to oust the current chair Clare Wardle saw their vote of no confidence blocked ahead of the meeting, it is understood that discussions are still taking place to force change through an Extraordinary General Meeting.

Sources say that the cluster will seek to get up to 60 members on board before choosing to activate the option.

However plans will now proceed to formally constitute a Clubs Union amid a continued unhappiness over the manner in which Basketball England’s development structure is being administered.

“We will be emailing out to the clubs to get them on board,” said Leicester Riders CEO Russell Levenston. “The one thing we did achieve at the AGM was to make noise, ask questions and try to hold people accountable.”

Former international referee Alan Richardson and Hertfordshire Basketball coach Graham Biggs were voted onto the board with BE also launching a draft of their strategic plan which is designed to run up to 2024.

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