The BBF board met on Friday September 23rd to review progress over a busy summer and against the priority objectives it set itself for the year:
Deliver a strong, quality men's GB event in September
The board recorded their thanks to Coach Joe Prunty, his support team and all Great Britain players for their professionalism and commitment shown over the summer both in camp and in qualifying for Eurobasket 2017, their fourth appearance in the last five finals.
This success would not have been possible without the hard work of a small group of BBF staff, who planned and arranged the camp and games, in addition to the support of both the GLA and Sport England who helped secure the use of the Copper Box Arena. These crucial games, 2 wins and a tight and exciting narrow defeat to Hungary, in front of around 5000 fans underpinned qualification.
The Festival events in the Copper Box and Olympic Park demonstrated how the GB team can inspire and engage local basketball communities in basketball and the Board was grateful for the support of Coach Prunty, Assistant Coach Nate Reinking and the players.
We thank too those involved in Great Britain under-20 teams and congratulate both our men and women for their performances this summer. Overall, the BBF has successfully continued to operate within its means for the financial year.
The Board also congratulated Team GB on the amazing success at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics and in particular, British Wheelchair Basketball GB for their teams' performances which produced a bronze medal and fourth place finish.
Secure UK Sport and/or Sport England support from April 2017
This summer's performances have reinforced our belief that with proper funding, British Basketball can build on this success. We can develop Great Britain teams capable of competing at world level in the longer-term.
Both UK Sport and Sport England are currently reviewing the BBF funding submission, which we lodged in June. The BBF will continue to work with both bodies to identify and secure what practical support and funding that can be secured.
Establish the policy and procedures to operate as NGB from October
Good progress has been made over the summer in defining the service level agreements between the BBF and the Home Country Associations, which will underpin the way the BBF operates from 1st October. FIBA have been updated on progress.
Transitional arrangements will exist in some areas and more work is still required to plan how the Vision set out in "Transforming basketball in Britain together "will be delivered. This work is expected to be completed by the end of the financial year.
Delivering the Strategy and the money to fund it
With limited resources or staffing levels, the board has not been able to move forward as quickly as it would have liked. It has been over-dependent on volunteers to deliver the programme as it stands and on a small number of unpaid directors who have driven progress to date.
Roger Moreland has served British Basketball since January 2009, overseeing preparations for GB teams and developing the GB performance plan in recent years. Having acted as a transitional director this summer, he has decided to step from the board for personal reasons. The board are very grateful for his tireless efforts, sound counsel and passionate selfless commitment to the sport. We are sure he will remain a valuable friend to the sport.
Chairman Nick Humby, who has also committed significant time since January 2016, has indicated that he wishes to revert to his agreed two days a month commitment to the board.
The board's immediate priorities remain the preparations for GB teams in 2017, seeking additional funds to support the sport and above all, the crucial, long-term work to establish the BBF, further building partnerships with the three Home Country Associations and others.
The Board will shortly arrange a meeting with the HCAs to review long term funding options and endorse the 2017 Performance Plan.