BBF and home countries make funding agreement via licensing -

BBF and home countries make funding agreement via licensing

Chantelle Handy GB Women

For the first time since its inception in 2006, the British Basketball Federation (BBF) has a sustainable source of revenue after coming to an agreement with the home country associations of Basketball England, basketballscotland and Basketball Wales.

The full FIBA-mandated licensing arrangements have been implemented for the first time which means that the BBF, as the FIBA-recognised member federation, will now be responsible for the licensing of all players across the country.

Each Home Nation has agreed to build this fee into their respective membership cost, but with no change to the existing membership registration processes.

It puts an end to the BBF existing hand to mouth, having required multiple financial bailouts since the London 2012 Olympic funding dried up, along with formalising an arangement that saw the home nations help fund the GB teams each summer.

This change will provide structured financial support to the BBF to help them achieve their objectives, which includes running the six Great Britain youth teams and two senior teams.

“In recent months the British Basketball Federation has been rejuvenated, through the strengthening of our board to ensure all home countries are represented, through putting in place good governance, by rebuilding our coaching structure and through bringing in experienced staff to lead the day-to-day running of the federation,” Kieron Achara, Technical Lead for the BBF, said.

“This means that now is the right time for us to work in a more co-ordinated and collaborative way with the home country associations, so that we can all continue to build stronger relationships and ensure an even brighter future for basketball in Britain.”

Russell Bell, Interim Chair of basketball England, added:

“This a hugely positive step to align the effort and investment of all the British basketball stakeholders.

“We will be working closely with our Home Country Association partners of basketballscotland and Basketball Wales as members of the British Basketball Federation to bring our collective effort to supporting all the functions of the BBF and to produce better talent pools and improve our international success.”

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