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Home Country Associations Issue Joint Statement on BBF Dispute

The Home Country Associations (HCAs) of Basketball England, basketballscotland and Basketball Wales have issued a joint statement regarding their ongoing dispute with the British Basketball Federation (BBF) regarding the future of British Basketball.

The statement, following GB Senior players speaking out on Monday night, reiterates the HCA’s commitment toward finding a plan moving forward that is sustainable, whilst acknowledging there is ‘some distance’ between the two proposals being put forward by the BBF and HCAs.

It adds that they do not believe that having parts of these discussions played out in public – following multiple leaks to the media – is helpful for the sport.

Full statement:

“In response to the recent media coverage, the Home Country Associations (HCAs) of England, Scotland and Wales wish to jointly clarify their position to our membership and to GB players in relation to current negotiations on the future of British Basketball.

“We wish to confirm that all HCAs remain committed to working towards a structure and model for British Basketball that keeps GB teams on the floor for the long term and allows all parts of our sport to thrive and develop.

“We value a strong BBF built on long-term financial stability, equality of access, strong foundations, mutual respect and a collegiate way of working. We are seeking a sustainable, long-term plan for British Basketball that does not put other areas of our sport at significant risk.

“We acknowledge that there is some distance between the proposals being put forward by the BBF and this position. However, we do not believe that playing out aspects of these ongoing discussions in a public forum is beneficial for the sport or helpful to our members. Therefore, we are committed to continuing to have honest and frank dialogue directly with colleagues within HCAs and with British Basketball.”

3 Comments

  1. LLC#12

    May 23, 2020 at 9:21 am

    GB seniors should be the pinnacle of the sport in this country and the players should be respected as such. The under 20s should be protected as an invaluable commodity to give our talented young players the best possible opportunities to succeed.

    Any proposal that jeopardises either of these is, imo, a complete and utter non-starter.

    I’ve been a big fan of the GB programme since its inception, and though there have been lots of highs and lows, this is the most frustrating chapter yet.

  2. JohnB

    May 23, 2020 at 9:21 am

    This is just symptomatic of everything that is wrong with the sport. For so many years now the sport has never ever had the right people in the right jobs. This is not for one moment to cast aspersions on anybody’s character, I am sure as people, everyone is doing the best they can. Unfortunately it has always been a case of persons wanting to be and remain big fishes in a very small pond. Nepotism also plays its part in some cases. Clubs are solely interested in what is best for the club. What is actually best for basketball is a very distant second. The BE, as it is now called, as an administration and an organization is not fit for purpose. In this day and age, basketball has to be treated as a business, and it needs a dictator at its helm. A person not only with vision, but a person who is able to almost revolutionize the sport and does not give a damm whether clubs like it or not. Equally, the Home countries will never co-exist in peace, each only wants its share of the pie. Who actually cares about the game of basketball.?

    I could go on!!!!

  3. John

    May 23, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Pathetic. The HCAs are not good enough nor needed anymore, compounded by the fact the people running them are only interested in power grabs and have no business in the game of basketball it seems. We need a united Great Britain, with one course, one goal, to make sure the Great Britain national team programme is the best it can be.

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