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Great Britain Youth Basketball Teams to enter FIBA 2023 competitions

The British Basketball Federation has confirmed that all six Great Britain age-group teams will be entered into the 2023 FIBA European Youth Championships. This will be Great Britain’s U20s first appearance since 2019 due to financial restrictions.

GB U20 players in the 2019 U20 European Championships media day [FIBA 2019]

It has been a difficult few years for GB’s U20 basketball teams having faced several limiting factors preventing them from competing in continental championships. In 2022, the two Great Britain U20 teams were unable to join the U16 and the U18s in the European Championships due to financial constraints. A year prior, no teams took part in the restructured European competition due to safety concerns regarding COVID-19. In 2020, the competition was of course cancelled due to the pandemic.

However, with the recent announcement from the British Basketball Federation, the Male and Female U16, U18 and U20s will all take part in the tournaments in the Summer of 2023. This has been made possible after a commitment of funding was secured via UK Sport and the country sports councils: Sport England, Sport Scotland, and Sport Wales. As well as Basketball England and Basketball Scotland.

The new BBF Chair, Chris Grant said: “At our meeting this week, the BBF Board were delighted to be able to confirm that we will be entering all six age-group teams for the 2023 European Championships.

We’re talking about bringing through the next generation of British basketball stars, so the consideration was never about whether we wanted to do this – it was about whether we could secure adequate funding.

As incoming Chair, I was impressed that the three Home Country Associations, who take responsibility for identifying and bringing through talent below senior level, approached me together.

We were able to make the case for targeted funding to UK Sport and the home country sports councils, and the assurances we’ve received mean that we’re able to enter these competitions. We’re also grateful to Basketball England, Basketball Scotland, and Basketball Wales for running these programmes on behalf of the BBF.”

The BBF also stated plans for improved support standards and governance for the teams along with the recruitment of coaching and support staff.

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