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Canterbury Academy Faces Controversial Removal from EABL Following DiSE Partnerships

[Credit: Kent Crusaders]

Canterbury Academy have been removed from the EABL following the confirmation of the DiSE partnerships for the 2023-2026 cycle.

The club has been invited to compete in the 2023/24 EABL season but they will lose access to the league and partnership in September 2024.

The decision was met with backlash via social media with Canterbury being a highly respected academy, producing talent and changing lives over the years.

Diplomas in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) are awarded by Basketball England to successful applicants and are granted access to the Elite Academy Basketball League (EABL).

These partnerships allow youth basketball players to play at the highest level while improving their understanding of the game.

Basketball England’s Talent Pathway and Programme Manager Sam Messam said: “The 13 DiSE Partnerships are dedicated talent environments with the highest level of athlete support and development on offer, to stretch and challenge elite basketball players towards growth and success, both as a basketball player and student.”

The Canterbury Academy concluded the 2022/23 season with a record of 5-7 in a very competitive Southern Conference.

The Kent Crusaders issued a lengthy statement following the disappointing news, displaying their frustration at Basketball England’s decision.

“We are at a loss regarding how this decision was reached based on the published criteria. Our tender document has been published in full on our website for full transparency. “The Academy’s overall scores, for each section, were provided with no detailed breakdown and a small number of bullet points of feedback on the document.

“Unfortunately, Basketball England is withholding the successful tenders and their scores, preventing the ability to benchmark our tender.

“Additionally, we have published the comprehensive appeal to the Basketball England decision. The appeal was dismissed with no further feedback other than “dismissed”. For this reason, we are left with no other recourse than to strongly and publicly dispute the score given and deem it an unfair reflection of the Academy.”

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