- National Teams
Basketball England has announced that Wilson Sporting Goods Co. have been appointed as the official ball supplier to the national governing body, with immediate effect.
The newly signed five-year deal will cover the provision of balls for all National competitions, talent network and 3×3 programmes.
“Basketball England’s dedication to athletes across the country is tremendous and mirrors our own love of sports,” said Kevin Murphy, General Manager, Team Sports, Wilson. “We look forward to actively working with Basketball England towards further enriching all their basketball programmes and ensuring our products support coaches and athletes as they pursue their athletic goals.”
Wilson take over from Spalding, who have just finished a three-year deal with the NGB.
As part of the new deal, Wilson will provide balls to all our Senior and Jnr. NBL clubs as well as EABL and WEABL providers for use as the official game ball of those competitions. All of our talent programmes, including regional programmes, will also be provided with Wilson balls to use in the coming months.
“We are delighted to be able to partner with Wilson as they continue to grow their presence both in Europe and worldwide,” said Basketball England’s Senior Delivery Manager for Infrastructure Peter Griffiths.
“A five-year deal shows the intention from both ourselves and Wilson to develop and grow this relationship over time. Having such a great range of products from FIBA approved balls at the very top level all the way through to high quality and robust recreational balls is sure to be a huge positive for anyone involved in the sport at any level.”
For the upcoming season, all senior NBL leagues will use the newly designed Basketball England Wilson Solution ball.
Under 18 and Under 16 competitions will use the Basketball England Wilson Evolution ball, whilst Under 14 competitions will use the Basketball England Wilson Reaction Pro ball.
Each club will receive an allocation of two balls for the upcoming season, which will be shipped free of charge.
Molten remains the official ball-supplier of the BBL, and the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic.