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Basketball England have announced they have received £410,000 from Sport England to implement the Basketball Development Model (BDM) focusing on talent development programmes.
The aim is to increase participation and help transform the pathway to support and help develop young talent at club, regional and national level.
BE have held BDM roadshows across the country to encourage public feedback and have presented their findings from the research conducted in order to secure the funding. It is another boost for the National Governing Body following their £4.7m award from Sport England for the next four year cycle in February.
“The funding support from Sport England is a major boost for basketball at a time when accessing funds for talent is getting tighter,” said BE CEO, Stewart Kellett.
“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.”
Board member, Steve Bucknall 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.”
BE also revealed that they will be publishing their talent plans in July to open access to the pathway initiative.
The NGB are awaiting news of one further funding announcement that is expected this month, relating to the support for training and preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
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