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BE Reveal Initial Findings from Basketball Development Model Conference

Basketball England

Education programmes, the coaching license system, leagues and competitions, and teaching fundamentals are all some of the key priorities that have emerged following the staging of the Basketball Development Model Conference last month, Basketball England have revealed.

The need for better provision of information and support for parents and players is the initial key finding outlined by Basketball England, who have put together 11 expert groups to identify the key issues and formulate and formulate solutions for basketball in England (see who is on which group here).

BE state other findings include a potential for a complete overhaul of coaching structures, with a much-needed refresh of the licensing system, and a restructure of leagues and competitions.

A rebalancing of the coaching/competition dynamic is at the forefront of the early work undertaken by the ‘Physio, Medical & Sports Therapy’ expert group too, with a renewed focus on player welfare and the right exposure to training, competition and recovery.

BE say strides have been made in the sport in terms of S&C (strength and conditioning), but there still needs to be more advice, information and support for people working with youngsters across all levels of the game.

Meanwhile, in terms of tactical and technical considerations, they believe it is ‘abundantly clear’ that insufficient time is spent on basic skills and basketball IQ and greater awareness of these facets and nuances needs to be introduced to the players.

“We have all been greatly encouraged by the initial findings of our expert groups with regards to the Basketball Development Model,” said Stewart Kellett, Basketball England’s CEO.

“However, in order for the Basketball Development Model to take this sport where we want it to in the future, we are acutely aware that we need as many people as possible to offer up their opinions to us.

“We readily recognise and acknowledge that there is an awful lot of good work that goes on within English basketball, but we believe it needs to be crafted into a consistent framework for it all to come to full fruition.

“This whole engagement process should to be major step forward for basketball in England.”

To that end, BE are holding a series of regional roadshows across January and February 2017 that will allow participants to hear about the very latest developments on the fledgling BDM and share their own experiences and thought processes.

For those unable to attend the scheduled shows in person, there will be a number of online interactions and live Q&A activities with the associated experts in the New Year as well (dates to be announced).

Full details on the Basketball Development Model are available at Basketball England’s website.


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