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16 Septemberr 2014

Cooper the Perfect Fit for Magic

 

Ellis CooperPaul Middleton believes new American recruit Ellis Cooper is the perfect fit for his new-look Manchester Magic team.

 

Cooper, a graduate of Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, USA, made an instant impression in his competitive home debut against Tees Valley Mohawks on Saturday, scoring a team-high 21 points on 69% shooting and collecting 10 rebounds in a 106-49 rout.

 

The 6’4” forward has already shown plenty of energy on both ends of the floor, while his speed and upper body strength will make him a difficult match-up for opponents.

 

But it has been Cooper’s unselfishness on and off the court that has really caught the eye.

 

Middleton said: “Ellis has settled in well. He gets on with everyone really well, makes an effort with everybody, there’s no ego there.

 

“He’s very lively, a team player, and he’s exactly the kind of American you want, because he’s just fitted in straight away.

 

“He doesn’t care how many points he scores, which is perfect for us. We always try to spread the scoring between everybody; we don’t like having one or two players that get 25 or 30 points a game.

 

“I don’t think Ellis is going to do that. He’ll do it on odd occasions, but what we wanted was a team player and that’s what we’ve got.”

 

Manchester Magic play BBL side Cheshire Phoenix at the Amaechi Basketball Centre tomorrow night at 8.15pm.

 

Former Magic youngsters Josh McGinn and Devan Bailey, the latter who played with Great Britain over the summer, are expected to feature for the visitors, as is free-scoring ex-Manchester Giant forward David Aliu.

 

Report by Graeme Roberts

 

9 September 2014

 

Manchester Magic Squad 2014-15

 

The Manchester Magic Senior Men have a number of new faces for the 2014-15 season.

 

Ellis Cooper 6'4" Forward (Franklin Pierce University - NCAA 2) - Salford Scholarship
Ellis joins the Magic after completing 4 years at Franklin Pierce, where Ellis was a 4 year starter for the team. Ellis earned ALL-NE 10 Honours for three-straight years, 2012-14 and was two time First Team ALL-Northeast-10 selection, 2012 & 2014.


Ellis has high praise from his college coach for his attitude both on and off the floor. "Ellis Cooper is on the finest individuals that I have ever coached. He's not only a terrific player, but an outstanding person who brings so many positives to a basketball team".


Alvaro Alarcon Lizaur 6'7" Forward (Seguros Soliss Alcazar Basket, Spain)
Alvaro is 23 years old from Spain, played last season for Alcazar in the EBA league Group B. In 2012-13 season Alvaro played for Granollers EBA league Group C. For the 2011-12 season Alvaro played for Sant Josep Girona.
Alvaro brings an ability of play inside-out, a typical European big man, who can shoot the outside shot with good consistency as well as playing with his back to basket in the low post.


Paul Cantwell 6'2" Guard (Manchester Giants and ex-Magic Junior Player)​
Paul joins us after a season where he started the season playing for Stockport Falcons before moving to join the Manchester Giants after Stockport were forced to withdraw their senior teams mid-season. Paul has previously played professionally in France. Paul can play either the point or shooting guard spots as required.


Tom Regan 6'11" Centre, from Liverpool, joins on a 3 year Salford Scholarship, will be with the squad as part of a longer term project and may not feature straight away.  


Tyme Regent-Bascombe 6' 4" Guard/Forward joins from Ipswich.


Confirmed Returnees:


Ryan Lohfink returns for second season after completing his master degree at Salford last season.


Franc Garcia Garrido  returns and will be doing a masters degree at Salford on Scholarship.


Usman Baba, may return, his place in the side is dependent on his British passport application being accepted as Ryan and Ellis take up the two import spots this season.


Jack Minister returns for a second season back with the Magic.


Nathan Schall returns despite receiving offers from other clubs.


Returning to club after time away are guard Kayin Darbey and forward Alex Fortnam.


Two of our current U18 players, Joe Swindells and Hamad Ali are also expected to feature this season and last year's U16 Final Fours MVP Ayo Nuwe may also feature if it's felt that he is ready during the season.


Players who are moving on include Tom Ward, Connor Murtagh moves to the Manchester Giants, Tayo Oyefusi moves to Newcastle.


Youngsters Aaron Menzies, Kingsley Nwagboso, Patrick Whelan and Pharroh Gordon all move the colleges in the United States.

 

31 July 2014

 

New staff appointed

 

We are delighted to welcome two new additions to our staff, Dave Quincey as Centre Manager and Ollie Verbukas as Boys National League Coaching Coordinator.

 

David Quincey - Centre Manager

Dave comes to us with an American Football background and a very keen interest in many sports. He has been in finance in recent years but looking for an opportunity to get back into sport in a big way. We welcome him to the Club and expect that, because the Club has expanded its operations so much over the years, he will be able to make a major impact on the future of the Club.

 

Ollie Verbukas - Boys National League Coaching Coordinator

Ollie is Lithuanian by birth but has spent the last 6 years at NASSA in London on their coaching staff. He has been highly successful at NASSA and we welcome his coaching expertise which will be used across the whole age groups of the Club.

 

 

 

 

14 July 2014

Big 4 earn US Scholarships

Big 4 earn US Scholarships

 

Four of last year's championship winning under 18 team have earned scholarships to attend colleges in the USA. Aaron Menzies will join fellow Magic Alumni Jack Crook at Seattle University in Washington State, NCAA 1. Patrick Whelan will be attending William Jewell College in Missouri State, NCAA 2. Pharroh Gordon will be attending College of Saint Rose, in New York, NCAA 2. While Kingsley Nwagboso will be attending State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, in Florida State, JUCO 1. Everyone at the Club would like to wish them all every success.

 

4 June 2014

England and GB selections

 

GB U20 Mens

Connor Murtagh and Jordan Whelan has been invited to attend the GB U20's camp.

 

GB U20 Womens

Mollie Campbell has been invited to attend the GB U20s camp.

 

England U15 Girls Development Squad

Harriet Swindells has been selected for the U15 England Development Team to go to the international tournament in Copenhagen on 19th to 22nd June. For more information on the U15 England Development teams see here

 

Congratulations to all concerned!

 

List to be updated when rosters for other England teams have been announced.

 

4 June 2014

Loreto Academy players receive EABL awards 2013-14

 

2013-14 EABL (Elite Academy Basketball League) Regular Season Award Winners Revealed

4 of our Loreto Academy players have won awards:
Kingsley Nwagboso named in EABL Second Team

Pharroh Gordon and Kingsley Nwagboso named in North Sea Conference First Team Honours

Joe Swindells and Aaron Menzies named in North Sea Conference Second Team Honours

Congratulations to all concerned!

 

Full list of awards: here

 

31 May 2014

Magic’s Ayo Nuwe Selected for Inaugural Hoopsfix All Star Classic

 

Manchester Magic’s Ayo Nuwe has answered the call of his country and will take part in a one-day showcase of British basketball designed to inspire and assist a new generation of players.

 

The sport’s grassroots community has taken it upon itself to respond in the wake of UK Sport’s withdrawal of British Basketball’s funding earlier this year – the result being the inaugural Hoopsfix All Star Classic.

 

The event has been organised by British basketball website Hoopsfix.com and all proceeds from the day will go towards the Hoopsfix Foundation – a newly-launched not-for-profit initiative dedicated to helping grow the game of basketball in the UK.

 

Nuwe will join the rest of Britain’s best ballers on the court at Brunel University, in Uxbridge, on Sunday, June 15, to celebrate the talent that exists in the county and give something back to the sport that means so much to so many.

 

The day tips off with the top 22 under-16 players in the country born in 1998 or later taking to the floor, before an under-25 all-star game – featuring the best talent of a generation from North and South – takes centre stage.

 

Manchester Magic are thrilled that Nuwe has been invited to take part in such an important event and hope the club’s fans will support him there too.

 

“I feel honoured and excited, as this is the first ever Hoopsfix All Star Classic so to be selected is something I can add to my list of accomplishments,” said Nuwe, who won a national championship with Manchester Magic Under-16s this season while being named MVP.

 

“I’m mainly looking forward to playing with the England U16s again as it will be good competition.”

 

Hoopsfix will also host a dunk contest, where some of the UK’s best aerial artists will take to the floor to be crowned the UK’s best dunker.

 

A community coaching session will take place in the morning, which will see youth players from the London School of Basketball being put through their paces by Reach & Teach, the official grassroots development partner of the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic.

 

Sam Neter, owner of Hoopsfix.com, added: “The event is a celebration of British basketball talent, history and culture.

 

“There are a ton of great players from here, many of which do not get the recognition or support they deserve and this is a chance to shine a light on just how much potential we have. “With all the proceeds going towards the Hoopsfix Foundation, the event will give back to the game that has meant so much to all of us, bringing it full circle.

 

“We have been delighted with the response from so many of the country’s top players, who have jumped at the chance to be involved.

 

“This says a lot about the strength of feeling amongst the players following the devastating funding cut and with this event we are aiming to turn that emotion into something positive.”

 

Limited tickets, which are expected to sell out quickly, are available online at hoopsfixallstarclassic.com, and will not be available on the door. Proud supporters of the Hoopsfix All Star Classic include ESPN Player, 2tall.com, Molten, Amaechi Performance Systems, Reach & Teach, Sportserve, 5or6, Always Ballin’, Let Me Play and Wilkie TV.

 

To be automatically entered into competition to win an annual subscription to ESPN Player, clothing, DVDS and more, talk about the event on Twitter, Facebook (make your status update public) and Instagram, using the hashtag #HASC14. More details available at hoopsfixallstarclassic.com.

 

27 April 2014

 

Results of Senior Final Fours at Amaechi Basketball Centre

 


Saturday 26th April

Div 1 Women SF1
12 noon
Sheffield Hatters
85 - 70
Cardiff Archers
Div 1 Women SF2
4:00pm
Nottingham Wildcats
54 - 66
Loughborough Riders
Div 1 Men SF 1
2:00pm
Reading Rockets
75 - 73
Bradford Dragons
Div 1 Men SF 2
6:00pm
Essex Leopards
62 - 72
Leeds Carnegie


Sunday 27th April

Div 2 Men Final
10:45am
Derby Trailblazers
73 - 57
Ipswich
Div 1 Women Fnl
1:00pm
Sheffield Hatters
63 - 68
Loughborough Riders
Div 1 Men SF
4:15pm
Reading Rockets
65 - 71
Leeds Carnegie

 

 

 

25 April 2014

 

Senior Final Fours at Amaechi Basketball Centre

 

The field is set for the England Basketball National Final Fours 2014 hosted by the Amaechi Basketball Centre.

The schedule of play is as follows:


Saturday 26th April

Div 1 Women SF1 12 noon Sheffield Hatters
v
Cardiff Archers
Div 1 Women SF2 4:00pm Nottingham Wildcats
v
Loughborough Riders
Div 1 Men SF 1 2:00pm Reading Rockets
v
Bradford Dragons
Div 1 Men SF 2 6:00pm Essex Leopards
v
Leeds Carnegie


Sunday 27th April

Div 2 Men Final 10:45am Derby Trailblazers
v
Ipswich
Div 1 Women Fnl 1:00pm SF 1 Winner
v
SF 2 Winner
Div 1 Men SF 4:15pm SF 1 Winner
v
SF 2 Winner

 

 

Tickets can be bought in advanced online via England Basketball's website shop: http://www.englandbasketball-shop.co.uk/catalogue/default.aspx?cid=167&pid=394 or by calling the Centre on 0161 881 0090. Tickets can also be purchased on the door on the day.

Ticket prices:
Adult Day Pass: £10
Concession Day Pass: £5
Adult Weekend Pass: £18
Concession Weekend Pass: £8

 

 

 

4 May 2014

 

Magic/Mystics Play-off Progress 2014

 

Magic/Mystics teams have reached the National Play-offs:

 

Under 13 Boys
Manchester 2
58 - 82
Leicester Play-off R1  
Manchester 1
60 - 40
Notts Nova Play-off R1  
Manchester 1
64 - 68*
NASSA Play-off QF  
 
Under 15 Boys
Manchester
57 - 45
Birmingham Play-off R1  
Manchester
77 - 85*
NASSA Play-off QF  
 
Under 18 Men
Manchester
92 - 48
Ipswich Play-off R2  
Manchester
86 - 54
Reading Rockets Play-off QF  
Manchester
Lewisham Play-off SF
Manchester
  Play-off  
 
Under 16 Boys
Manchester
122 - 43
Bradford Play-off R2  
Manchester
57 - 49
Peckham Play-off QF  
Manchester
83 - 65
Notts Nova Play-off SF  
Manchester
94 - 79
Newham Youngbloods Play-off Final  
   
Under 14 Boys
Manchester
87 - 36
Birmingham Play-off R1  
Manchester
74 - 53
Kingston Play-off QF  
Manchester
55 - 69
Brentwood Play-off SF  
Manchester
45 - 13 (Ab
Leicester Play-off 3/4  
 
Under 18 Women
Manchester
39 - 50
Haringey Play-off QF  
         
 
Under 16 Girls
Manchester
65 - 41
London Greenhouse Play-off R1  
Manchester
88 - 55
Sussex Thunder Play-off QF  
Manchester
72 - 57
Sheffield Play-off SF  
Manchester
44 - 76
Sevenoaks Play-off 3/4  
 
Under 14 Girls
Manchester
83 - 38
Brentwood Play-off QF  
Manchester
53 - 76
Sheffield Play-off SF  
Manchester
48 - 44
Hounslow Play-off 3/4  
         
Senior Men        
Manchester
95 - 104**
Bradford Play-off QF  
         

 

 

 

 

 

9 February 2014

Magic in Final of Men's National Trophy

 

Manchester Magic have progressed to the Final of the Men's National Trophy. After coming second in Pool 1, (of 7 teams), they played in the Quarter Final at home on Sunday 12 January, against Westminster Warriors (3rd in Pool 2) and beat them 78 - 72. They went away in the Semi final on Saturday 8 February to Worthing, where they eventually won after 2 periods of overtime, 95 - 94. They now face Reading at the University of East London on Saturday 22 February at 5:45pm in the Final.

Congratulations to all concerned.

 

 

15 February 2014

ABC Hosts the Sureshot National Cup Finals

 

Amaechi Basketball Centre hosted the Under 18 and Under 16 Boys and Girls Sureshot National Cup Finals, again this year, on Saturday 15 February:

 

11:00am Under 16 Girls Final GCA - Haringey Angels
57 - 78
Sevenoaks Suns
1:15pm Under 16 Boys Final Peckham
79 - 53
Ipswich
3:30pm Under 18 Women's Final Sevenoaks Suns
59 - 45
Hertfordshire Warriors
5:45pm Under 18 Men's Final Birmingham A
69 - 64
NASSA

 

Tickets for the event are priced at £6 for adults and £3 for concessions.

School Offer 10 Children and 2 Adults  £25.00

 

These can be ordered by contacting Freda Jones at the Amaechi Basketballl Centre on 0161-881-0090 or can be bought on the door on the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 December 2013

Joe and Maggie Forber win BBC SPOTY 2013: Unsung Hero Award (National)

 

Joe and Maggie Forber at BBC SPOTY 2013

 

Joe Forber was the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards' Mr Modest when he accepted the 'Unsung Heroes' honour the showpiece ceremony last night.

 

Forber and wife Maggie were jointly recognised as the driving force behind the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Whalley Range after winning the North West award last month.

 

The centre has become widely recognised as the foremost youth development programme for the sport in the country with the Forbers, retired teachers, dedicating their lives to helping nurture the talents of thousands of young hopefuls.

 

Forber, addressing a start-studded audience in Leeds, said: "I really, really don't know why I'm here."

 

But both he and his wife have put decades of voluntary work into junior basketball, with former NBA star John Amaechi, after whom the centre is named, saying: "It is their partnership that makes the place buzz. They genuinely care to make a difference."

 

Forber said: " We have have done it together and without Maggie it just wouldn't have happened.

 

"Over 1,000 youngsters a week pass through the centre. It has been an honour for us to work there and we will continue to do so as long as we can and as long as our health stands up.

 

"I want to say sincerely that I don't think we are any different to many people, thousands of people, who do voluntary work and not just in sport. We are representing those people tonight."

 

The Forbers helped launch Greater Manchester Youth Basketball Club in 1997. Joe is CEO of centre and Manchester Magic, the club which has junior boys and girls and senior men's and women's National League teams based at the Amaechi Centre.

 

Amaechi added: "It is Joe and Maggie who are the heart and soul of the place."

 

Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council executive member for culture and leisure, said: “I’d like to offer my congratulations to both Joe and Maggie Forber after they were named the North West’s Unsung Heroes at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

 

“The award recognises Joe and Maggie’s hard work and commitment to basketball that we in the city have long been aware of and appreciated - I can’t think of more worthy winners.

 

“The Amaechi Basketball Centre has become a cherished and respected facility in Manchester, with more than 1,000 youngsters a week visiting. Basketball continues to grow in popularity across the city, in no small part thanks to the efforts of Joe and Maggie, and I’m sure the centre is destined to go from strength to strength.”  

 

Article by Anthony Jepson - Manchester Evening News

 

Everyone at the Club would like to congratulate Joe and Maggie Forber on receiving the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award.

 

A promotional video of Joe and Maggie’s work can be viewed on the BBC website here.

 

19 November 2013

Joe and Maggie Forber win BBC SPOTY 2013: Unsung Hero Award (North West Region)

 

Joe and Maggie

The Club would like to congratulate Joe and Maggie Forber on receiving the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award as the North West's Unsung Heroes.

 

John Amaechi, who was on hand to present Joe with the award for the BBC North West news coverage, said: “This award usually goes to people who have achieved fantastic things over the course of the year.

 

“But Joe and Maggie have been doing this for a lifetime, giving decades of their time and effort to individuals and the continued success of the centre.

 

“I'd rather they did a bit less now because they deserve to rest a little because of their age.

 

“They have put in a phenomenal amount of work for a long time – not just since the centre has been around.

 

“They will be embarrassed because they shun personal publicity but the award is well deserved.”

 

Joe and Maggie were modest as ever on receiving the award and keen to stress the importance of the contributions from the many volunteers who have helped Greater Manchester Youth Basketball Club since its inception in 1997.

 

Joe commented: “I do feel it genuinely honours so many people at the club that have put their time and effort into making it a success.

 

“Maggie and I are delighted that we have been able to be at the forefront of that.

 

“But it is a bonus for the club as a whole and I hope that this success throws some light on the good things that we are continuing to do."

 

All regional winners of the award go forward to the National Unsung Heroes Award. This was decided by a panel that included Olympic Athletes Nicola Adams (boxing gold medalist) and Max Whitlock (double gymnastics bronze medalist) on Monday. The winner will be announced at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in December.

 

With thanks to Anthony Jepson at the Manchester Evening News. Click here for the full MEN report.

 

11 November 2013

Great England News!

 

Selections have just been made for the initial England Squads at all Age Groups. Magic and Mystics are well represented as shown:

 

Under 18 Men

Pharroh Gordon

Aaron Menzies

Kingsley Nwagboso

Joe Swindells

Patrick Whelan

 

Under 18 Women

Keani Potter-Jones

 

Under 16 Boys

Matthew Hodgkinson

Ayo Nuwe

 

Under 16 Girls

Harriet Swindells

 

Under 15 Girls Development Squad

Jessica Eadsforth

Niamh Kelshaw

 

Congratulations to all concerned.

 

17 October 2013

Helping the Kids

 

The Magic has several young players who are playing at a very high level of basketball who are struggling to meet the costs involved in pursuing their basketball dreams. If there are any businesses or individuals out there who may like to give some financial help to individual players, both boys and girls, please contact Joe at the Club: j.forber@amaechibasketballcentre.com or 07790-686496. Alternatively, you can donate directly from the front page of this website (right hand side) - under the heading Donate.

 

 

17 October 2013

Tees Valley Decider

 

A massive game for the Magic this Saturday. After the convincing and attractive win against Medway Park last Sunday, we meet an even bigger challenge against Tees Valley this Saturday in the North East. The winner will take 2nd spot in Pool 1 and will cross over against the 3rd in Pool 2, and will have home advantage in the Quarter Final. The loser will have to go on the road against the 2nd in Pool 2. It should be a cracker!

 

 

15 October 2013

Nathan and Jack Back Home

 

The Club has been really pleased to see the return to the Magic of Nathan Schall and Jack Minister. Both players are making major contributions to Magic's success so far this season.

 

Nathan's athleticism and much improved skills are seeing consistent performances from him, with high points and rebounding stats. After the settling in period for him, he has been a top performer in recent games.

 

Jack's supreme calmness under pressure and, in particular, his passing game, are helping him to accumulate more and more minutes as the season progresses.

 

Both players have been away from us for some time - Nathan to a variety of BBL teams, including the Giants, and Jack in the States for some years, followed by a stint at the Giants last season.

 

They are enjoying their basketball at the Magic, which they consider to be their spiritual home and where they developed as young basketball players. They understand the concept of 'team'.

 

Jack says: ‘It’s great to be back at the Magic.  I had excellent coaches in my formative years, and feel I was somewhat spoiled. They taught me my skills, but, more importantly, taught me the disciplines I needed, both on and off the floor.  I will always be grateful for this, no matter where I may play my basketball. I am really enjoying playing here, the team is very much together, team spirit is great and I think we could have a really successful season.’

 

Nathan says 'It did not take me long to adjust to Paul's coaching and I am really enjoying it. I do feel that my game has improved in the short time I have been with the team, particularly in the last 2/3 weeks. The guys in the team have been great and I have been impressed by the team spirit shown in practice and during games. It is great to be back at the Magic and I feel I have much more to offer yet, as the season unfolds - can't wait!'

 

 

 

 

 

27 September 2013

Big Weekend for Magic and Mystics

 

The Magic will really be tested out this weekend with 2 outstanding home fixtures. On Saturday 28 September at ABC we welcome last year's National Champions, Reading Rockets. Reading have lost their outstanding coach, Samit Nuruzade, but they fully expect to continue their successes at EBL level and have recruited several new players which gives them a very strong team.

The pre-season build-up and last weekend's victories have made it a good start for the Magic and we hope that this will continue against Reading. Tip-off 6:30pm. Be there!

Another big game looms on Sunday with a National Cup game against another strong outfit in Northumbria. The winners of this Round 2 game are guaranteed a home fixture in Round 3, so both teams will be highly motivated to win. Tip-off is 5:00pm at ABC.

 

The Mystics begin their League campaign with a road trip to Northumbria and expect to field a much stronger team than last season when victories were difficult to come by. Last night's friendly against Sheffield will give the team much confidence. 2 free throws in the last seconds gave the Mystics a big win which, hopefully, is a good omen for the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 September 2013

Live Stats for Magic Games

 

Due to technical issues at England Basketball there are no official Live Stats for games across the Country at the moment, however our statisticians have set up Live Stats especially for the fans (both Magic and away fans), so they can follow the games. The next 5 Magic home games are listed below:

 

Saturday 21 Sep 2013 6:30pm Manchester Magic vs Worthing Thunder Click Here (Men's National Trophy)

Sunday 22 Sep 2013 5:00pm Manchester Magic vs Sefton Stars Click Here (Men's National Cup)

Saturday 28 Sep 2013 6:30pm Manchester Magic vs Reading Rockets Click Here (Men's National Trophy)

Sunday 29 Sep 2013 5:00pm Manchester Magic vs Northumbria Click Here (Men's National Cup)

Sunday 13 Oct 2013 5:00pm Manchester Magic vs Medway Park Crusaders Click Here (Men's National Trophy)

 

9 September 2013

Matthew Roberts Receives Award

 

EB Award

Great news for Matthew and for the Club when he received the England Basketball National Volunteer Award for Statistician of the Year 2013. Matthew has been a mainstay at the Club for many years in his contribution to our Statistics, including helping to train other Club people in this field.

 

Many congratulations to Matthew - all at the Club are very pleased for his success, to go alongside his honours of doing the Olympic and Paralympic games.

 

 

 

5 September 2013

Magic Pre-Season Games LiveStats Links

 

We've set up LiveStats links for Magic's Pre-Season games just click the links below to follow the game:

Saturday 7th at 6:30pm Magic v Sheffield Sharks LiveStats Click Here

Saturday 14th at 6:30pm Magic v Durham Wildcats LiveStats Click Here

Wednesday 18th at 8:15pm Magic v Cheshire Phoenix LiveStats Click Here

 

2 September 2013

Magic Division 1 Player Update

 

Coach Paul Middleton has named his squad for the 2013-14 Season:

 

Franc Garcia Garrido

Ryan Lohfink

Josh Houghton

Tom Ward

Conor Porter

Jordan Green

Jack Minister

Connor Murtagh

Tayo Oyefusi

Usman Baba

Pharroh Gordon

Patrick Whelan

Kingsley Nwagboso

Aaron Menzies

Joe Swindells

 

 

Come along on Saturday 7 September at 6:30pm to see them in action v Sheffield Sharks BBL team in a pre-season friendly game

 

 

 

31 August 2013

 

Start of Community Sessions at ABC

 

Monday 9 September 2013    
5:30 - 6:30pm
Prim/Sec
Year 3 - 8Coaching/Games Boys and Girls
6:30 - 7:30pm
Secondary
Year 9 -11 Coaching/Games Boys and Girls
 
   
Saturday 14 September    
9:30 - 10:30am
Primary
Reception to Year 6 Boys and Girls
       
Sundays      
4:00pm-6:00pm
Adult
Mumd and Dads Sessions  

 

MONDAY ADULT LEAGUES re-start on Monday 9 September at 7:30pm

 

FRIDAY Years 7 - 11 LEAGUES re-start on Friday 13 September at 7:15pm

 

 

 

31 August 2013

National League Registration Evening

 

On Wednesday 4 September the Club will hold its annual Admin. Evening for all National League teams. Players will need to be at the Centre at 6:30pm to register for their teams next season. New players will need ID in the form of a birth certificate or passport, but returning players do not need this.

 

This is a very important session for all players as England Basketball have a rule which states that all players must have a licence or they will not be allowed to play.

 

8 August 2013

 

Mystics Fundraiser Events

 

The Manchester Mystics have arranged a fundraising day on Saturday 14th September to raise funds for the Senion Division 1 Women's team.

Events include a mixed basketball tournament from 1pm - 4pm and a Night at the Races from 8pm 'til Late.

Anyone taking part in the Mixed Basketball Tournament will get FREE entry to the Magic v Durham game that tips at 6:30pm. See the poster below for full details.

 

Mystics Fundraiser

5 August 2013

Durham Wildcats

 

Durham Wildcats have accepted an invitation for a pre-season game at the Amaechi Basketball Centre on Saturday 14 September at 6:30pm. This finalises our pre-season fixtures and the Magic will have to be on its metal to be competitive against the 4 BBL teams we have scheduled.

 

 

 

3 August 2013

Senior Men's BBL Fixtures

 

The Magic have set a big pre-season task for themselves by scheduling some warm-up games against BBL opposition. Games so far scheduled are:

Sunday 25 August v Birmingham Knights (A) 6:30pm

Saturday 7 September v Sheffield Sharks (H) 6:30pm

Wednesday 18 September v Cheshire Phoenix (H) 8:15pm

Best of luck to the boys in their quest to do well at Division 1 level this coming season.

 

10 July 2013

Senior Men's Fixtures

 

To all our fans, please keep in regular contact with the Senior Men's fixtures on the website - there will undoubtedly be regular changes throughout the summer, before we can produce fixture cards for you all.

 

 

 

3 July 2013

Coaching Vacancies

 

The Club has been the most successful in the country, taking into account both Boys and Girls programmes, in the last 12 years. In order to keep up this fantastic record, we need to develop and give a chance to other coaches from outside the programme. We do have more teams playing National League basketball than any other Club in the country from Under 13 to Under 18. If you are an experienced coach and wish to come on board, let me know. If you are a young coach wishing to develop and start a coaching career, let me know.

 

For further information, contact me on j.forber@amaechibasketballcentre.com or 07790-686496

 

Joe Forber

 

2 July 2013

Magic Player Update

 

Players who have been part of the Magic Men’s Summer programme under Coach Paul Middleton:

 

Muftau Akintoye Returnee
Usman Baba Returnee
Scott Bowie Returnee
Pharroh Gordon Returnee
Jordan Green Returnee
Josh Houghton Returnee
Joe Kilpatrick Returnee
Dujon Lattie
Luke Meakin
Aaron Menzies
Jack Minister
Connor  Murtagh Returnee
Kingsley Nwagboso Returnee
Tayo Oyefusi Returnee
Conor Porter Returnee
Adam Slater
Joe Swindells Returnee
Tom Ward Returnee
Patrick Whelan Returnee

 

New acquisitions are Ryan Lohfink (ex-Reading) and Daniel Watts (ex-Mansfield). They have not yet moved to Manchester.

 

 

 

 

25 May 2013

New Players for the Magic

 

Manchester Magic have recruited 2 new players for the 2013-14 season:

 

Ryan Lohfink - 6' 6'' forward. He has played for Reading in Division 1 for 5 seasons and will now take up a University of Salford Scholarship to study for a Masters degree in International Business. Ryan is an excellent team player who will be able to help our younger players develop in the medium term.

 

Daniel Watts - 6' 6'' forward. In recent seasons, he has played for Mansfield Giants in Division 2. He comes with excellent stats in both scoring and rebounding and is expected to greatly improve the inside play of the Magic. Daniel is a great leaper who has all the physical attributes to make a real impact at Division 1 level.

 

 

 

 

6 May 2013

Magic Scoop the Titles

 

Manchester Magic remained the dominant force in England Boys basketball by taking the 2 most prestigious National titles in Sheffield last weekend. 

 

After scraping through a 52 – 51 victory over Birmingham in the Semi-Final, the Under 16 Boys came good with a 83 – 63 win over Nottingham in the Final game.  A magnificent performance by Hamad Ali in the title game earned him the Most Valuable Player award.  Hamad, a 6’5’’ forward, came up with 29 points and 15 rebounds.  He only began playing at the Magic 3 years ago and has astounded the coaching staff with his progress.

 

In the Under 18 Boys competition, the Magic comfortably defeated London United in the Semi-Final by 83 – 64, but were then tested in the Final by a gutsy Barking/Dagenham team which refused to lie down.  Excellent 3-point shooting by the eventual MVP, Patrick Whelan, pulled the Magic through in the closing minutes of the game to complete the weekend for all the boys.  Patrick finished with 23 points and 8 rebounds.

 

Magic trials for the boys and Mystics trials for the girls are now to be held over the next 2 weekends at the Amaechi Basketball Centre. 

 

 

 

 

3 May 2013

 

Magic Senior Men's Trials

 

Manchester Magic Senior Men have been promoted to EBL Division 1 for Season 2013/14.  Any players who would like the opportunity to play for the Magic in September can attend our Open Trial:

 

Saturday 18 May 3:00pm

Venue: Amaechi Basketball Centre, M16 8GW

 

No charge will be made for the trial.  All comers are welcome.

 

 

28 April 2013

 

Magic Do It Again

 

Joe Forber Speaks:

 

"The Magic have just received the great news that they have secured promotion from Division 2 to Division 1.  The 3-year plan put in place 2 years ago is one year ahead of schedule, due to back-to-back promotions from Div 3 to Div 2 to Div 1.

 

Moving down to Division 3 from Division 1 was the best decision we've made at the Club since we began 15 years ago.

 

We are now back where we were 2 years ago, playing at the top level of basketball in leagues run by England Basketball.  The big difference is that we now have a much more solid foundation to move forward with the outstanding progress being made by the excellent young players being produced at Amaechi Basketball Centre and the new focus on the student athlete system. Magic players next season will be attending the University of Salford, Manchester University and Bolton University.  We have a particular emphasis on the very close partnership with the University of Salford and a high percentage of our players will attend there. The days of using a multitude of foreign players are now gone’.

 

‘All the current players who have done such a great job in the last 2 seasons, will be invited back and given every chance to play at the higher level.  I believe that, if we can add a couple of big guys to our roster, we will prosper in Division 1’.

 

‘Particular credit for our success should go to Paul Middleton for an outstanding coaching job over a 2-year span.  Paul has been totally on board with our concept of developing our younger, home-grown players and they have developed excellently under his tutelage.  There are more young players in the pipeline and, if they are good enough, they will get the chance to represent the Magic at Senior level’.

 

‘I would also like to thank Manchester City Council who have been tremendously supportive of our development programme at Amaechi Basketball Centre since it was built, with the generous support of John Amaechi, in 2002". 

 

 

22 April 2013

 

Senior Mystics Trials

There will be a Open Senior Women’s Trial at Amaechi Basketball Centre on Sunday 12 May at 2:00pm for anyone who would like to be considered for Manchester Mystics Division 1 in Season 2013/14.

 

All comers are welcome. 

No charge for the trial.

 

 

22 April 2013

 

Manchester Magic and Manchester MysticsTrials

 

The trials for the Magic/Mystics teams will be at ABC on Saturday 11 May at the following times:

 

Saturday 11 May 2012

Current School Years 6/7                   1.00pm – 2.30pm

Current School Years 8/9                     2.30pm – 4.30pm

Current School Years 10/11/12            4.30pm – 6.00pm

 

Just turn up.  No charge.

 

See poster on Home page for more details.

 

 

18 April 2013

 

Mollie Campbell

 

Congratulations to Mollie Campbell on signing letter of intent to join NCAA Div 1 College University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in the SWAC conference. The Club wishes her every success.

 

 

21 April 2013

 

Magic/Mystics Play-off Progress 2013

 

Magic/Mystics teams are making progress in the National Play-offs:

 

Under 13 Boys
Manchester 1
129 - 31
Notts Nova Play-off R1  
Manchester 1
47 - 63
NASSA Play-off QF  
 
Under 15 Boys
Manchester
104 - 38
Trafford Play-off R1  
Manchester
95 - 44
Birmingham Play-off R2  
Manchester
56 - 58
Haringey Hawks Play-off QF  
 
Div 2 Men
Manchester
93 - 54
Glamorgan Gladiators Play-off QF  
Manchester
85 - 67
Eastside Play-off SF  
Manchester
66 - 85
NASSA Play-off Final  
 
Under 18 Men
Manchester 2
63 - 80
Tees Valley Play-off R1  
         
Manchester
98 - 48
Tees Valley Play-off R2  
Manchester
71 - 56
Worthing Play-off QF  
Manchester
83 -64
London United Play-off SF
Manchester
74 - 67
Barking & Dagenham Play-off Final National Champions
 
Under 16 Boys
Manchester
85 - 52
Derbyshire Arrows Play-off R2  
Manchester
95 - 78
Hertfordshire Play-off QF  
Manchester
52 - 51
Birmingham A Play-off SF  
Manchester
83 - 63
Notts Nova Play-off Final National Champions
Under 14 Boys
Manchester
59 - 71
Sheffield Saints Play-off R1  
Under 18 Women
Manchester
68 - 27
Cheshire Panthers Play-off R1  
Manchester
58 - 85
Haringey Play-off QF  
 
Under 16 Girls
Manchester
20 - 0
Bristol Storm Play-off R1  
Manchester
66 - 41
Northants Lightning Too Play-off QF  
Manchester
79 - 74
Sheffield Play-off SF  
Manchester
62 - 98
Haringey Play-off Final  
         
Trafford
45 - 55
Northants Lightning Play-off R1
 
Under 14 Girls
Manchester
92 - 24
Newcastle Play-off R1  
Manchester
64 - 44
Nottingham Play-off QF  
Manchester
56 - 59
Haringey Play-off SF  
Manchester
65 - 48
Southend Play-off 3/4  

 

 

 

 

12 March 2013

 

Amaechi Basketball Centre & University of Salford Join Forces

 

After highly successful collaboration in 2012/13, the University of Salford and the Amaechi Basketball Centre have committed to a long-term partnership through the funding of Sports Excellence Scholarships for Amaechi Basketball Centre members studying at the University of Salford who will represent the Manchester Magic Men’s team.

 

In September 2013, four Basketball Scholarships will be offered to suitable student athletes:

• One Gold Scholarship worth £5,500 per year for 3 years.

• Two Silver Scholarships worth £3,500 per year for 3 years.

• One Bronze Scholarship worth £1,000 per year for 3 years.

 

Likewise, 4 more Scholarships will be available for students beginning their studies in September 2014 and 4 more in September 2015.

 

The scholarship packages also include a range of support including performance coaching, physiotherapy and massage therapy provided by the University, and nutritional support and subsidised accommodation.

 

The Amaechi Basketball Centre is a model for other basketball programmes around the UK. Originally financed by international basketball star John Amaechi OBE, the Centre has 18 National League teams in the current season, an unprecedented number in the history of the game in this country. The Scholarships will be available to students who meet academic and sporting criteria.

 

In addition, two more new Scholarships are available for student athletes in the Manchester area, for Manchester Magic or Manchester Mystics players, beginning in September 2013. These students may or may not be attending the University of Salford, but will be in further or higher education in the Northwest.

 

1. The John Amaechi Award - £2,500 for each of 3 years.

2. The Joe and Maggie Forber Award - £2,500 for each of 3 years.

 

John Amaechi OBE, Patron and Board Member, has been a main driver in this development “I’ve watched the reality of today’s difficult economic climate translate into young people stifling their dreams and aspirations. As an individual and as a founder of the Amaechi Basketball Centre, I want young people to realise that their effort and commitment in education and in sport will be rewarded, allowing them to continue to follow their dreams. With the legacy rhetoric fading fast post the Olympics, we wanted to do something tangible to recapture the spirit of the games and reignite the aspirations of young people in the Northwest, and around the country.

 

”This generous support from the University of Salford will create opportunities for young people to carve out a potential new future through education and lessons learned through sport.”

 

Joe and Maggie Forber have been instrumental in the success and growth of Amaechi Basketball Centre which is used by over 1,000 youngsters each week. Joe said “The Club began in 1998; the Centre was built in 2002. As Maggie and I are retired teachers, we appreciate the value of education and welcome the partnership with the University of Salford. We are also happy to have a separate Scholarship in our name which values both education and sport”.

 

Professor Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford, warmly welcomed the scheme. “The University of Salford is committed to creating educational opportunities for everyone with the potential to succeed” he said. “The discipline and commitment required to excel in sport are needed equally for success in higher education, and we welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with the Amaechi Basketball Centre to offer these exciting opportunities to talented basketball players.”

 

The University is also developing similar scholarships linked to other sports in the region.

 

For more information on the University of Salford Scholarships Click here

 

For more information on The John Amaechi Award and The Joe and Maggie Forber Award Click here

 

13 February 2013

ABC Community Sessions and Community Leagues Re-start Dates

 

Friday 15 February is the last day of Community sessions before half-term. Sessions will re-start on:

 

Monday 25 February

Friday 1 March

Saturday 2 March

 

See poster on Home Page for full details.

 

18 February 2013

ABC Hosts the Sureshot National Cup Finals

 

Click here for Tom Platt's photograhs of the Event

 

Amaechi Basketball Centre hostedt the Under 18 and Under 16 Boys and Girls Sureshot National Cup Finals, on Saturday 16 February:

 

11:00am Under 16 Girls Final Southend Swifts
52 - 55
GCA - Haringey Angels
1:15pm Under 16 Boys Final Newham All-Star Sports Academy
95 - 64
Derby Trailblazers
3:30pm Under 18 Women's Final GCA - Haringey Angels
45 - 55
Sevenoaks Suns
5:45pm Under 18 Men's Final Lewisham Thunder
58 - 64
Bristol Academy Flyers

 

Tickets for the event are priced at £7 for adults and £3 for concessions.

 

These can be ordered by contacting Freda Jones at the Amaechi Basketballl Centre on 0161-881-0090 or can be bought on the door on the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 November 2012

Pure Magic to make Debut on Saturday

 

Our new cheerleaders Pure Magic (pictured below) will be making their debut at Saturday's Magic game against London United.

PureMagic

 

5 November 2012

 

Vacancy for Centre Manager

 

The Club is now advertising for the full-time post of Centre Manager at Amaechi Basketball Centre. Expressions of interest to the

CEO, Joe Forber, on 07790-686496 or at j.forber@amaechibasketballcentre.com

 

 

 

13 October 2012

 

John Amaechi – Post Olympics

 

A view from John about his Olympic experience.

 

 

13 October 2012

John Amaechi  - In the Park

 

John was recently taken back to his former haunt – Fog Lane Park in Manchester – where he practised his skills in his formative years.

 

 

12 October 2012

 

Mystics Cup Game on Sunday is OFF

 

The Senior Women's Cup game on Sunday against Sefton has been cancelled. Sefton has conceded so we hope to have a game in

Round 2 on sunday 28 October againsr Loughborough or Birmingham Mets (Away).

 

 

 

11 October 2012

 

Magic Saturday Game Free to all Spectators

 

The Club has decided that, in the short term, entry to Magic games will be free for ALL spectators. So the 6:30pm game on

Saturday 13 October v London United, will be free. We hope that we will have lots of support from you all.

 

 

5 October 2012

 

Magic U13/U14 BoysTrials

 

Manchester Magic Final Boys Trials for 2012/13.
Age Groups Under 13 and Under 14 (School Years 9 and below)
Sunday 21 October 3:00pm – 5:00pm. No charge.
Amaechi Basketball Centre, M16 8GW
Email: j.forber@amaechibasketballcentre.com
Web: www.amaechibasketballcentre.com

 

 

 

 

 

3 October 2012

 

North West Under 15 Girls

 

Last weekend saw 6 of the Manchester Mystics representing their region in the Under 15 Girls Regional Development Tournament at Medway Park in Kent.

 

The North West were drawn in Group 1, along with South East and London, many believing they were 3rd best in the group and 5th best overall behind Yorkshire and East from Group 2.

 

Arriving at the venue it was noticeable that the North West were one of if not the shortest team in the competition. We were scheduled to play our opening game against the South East featuring 7 of last year's U15 England squad, followed by defending champions, London.

 

The opening game would prove to be a tough test, and seemed to be going the way it should on paper, with the South East leading at half time despite the North West girls battling hard. However the second half showed an amazing turnaround, the outsized and arguably out-skilled North West took control of the game through their rugged play and managed to hang on for an unlikely win causing the first upset of the weekend.

 

The second game was more disappointing. The same intensity that was previously shown was now lacking against London and resulted in an 11 point loss.

 

The next 2 games were 20-point wins for the North West, who by day's end, found themselves in an unlikely 2nd place and through to the Semi-Finals versus the odds on favourites, East.

 

East had won all their games by at least 20 points, and were very good physically with the smallest girl being around 5’8. For all concerned they were the team to beat. The North West game plan was simple, ‘no regrets’. They had exceeded all expectations and had nothing to lose. What followed was one of the gutsiest performances of the weekend.  The East were never allowed to settle, North West won every loose ball and somehow, despite being severely undersized, controlled the rebounds on both ends of the floor. Easts defence couldn’t contain the spirited guards from getting to the Basket and even thought the East won 3 of the 4 quarters, a huge 2nd period was enough to allow the North West to hang on to a 5-point  win. It meant that the spirited North West team had caused the 2nd upset of the weekend.

 

Another win that was deemed unlikely saw the girls rewarded with a Final re-match versus London. Even though most of the girls had spent their rest time on the physio’s bench after their heroic effort in the Semi-Ffinal assured us that they had one more upset in them. However despite a bright start and an early lead, they simply had nothing left to give, and London were able to take advantage in the second half and ran out to a convincing 30pt win.

 

The girls should be proud of their effort and I lost count of the number of coaches, parents and organisers who came to me to praise the team spirit, determination and unity that the girls showed. They were a pleasure to coach and proved that the right attitude is so important and can achieve so much. The girls were fantastic and proved everyone wrong by finishing a respectable second and the North West’s Keani Potter finished 3rd in the shooting competition. Thanks to all the parents for their support and a special thanks to team manager/organiser Allison for making the trip possible!

 

Rob Fairley

 

North West Girls team

Manchester Mystics- Gina Brierley, Francisca Akinsulie, Blayze Branford, Freya Kelshaw, Princess Olayemi, Keani Potter

Barrow Thorns- Emily Duerden, Emily Cox, Ella Brocklebank

Cheshire Juniors- Elise Middleton, Nicole Taylor

Bury Blue Devils- Keira Watkins-Wild

 

 

2 October 2012

 

Real Nutrition Partnership

 

It is with great pleasure that Manchester Magic announce a new and exciting partnership with Real Nutrition.  This heralds a whole new approach for the future, bringing together the most successful National League programme in the UK with a new and innovative Supplement and Nutrition company.

 

Joe Forber, Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Amaechi Basketball Centre, saw it as a great step forward in the professionalism of the Club, 'Everyone at the Amaechi Basketball Centre is excited about the potential of this partnership, which, alongside the partnership with the University of Salford, will augment the opportunities and development of all the young people who participate in our programme.’

 

Kevin Milnes, Managing Director of Real Nutrition Co., on the link with the Magic, was very pleased to get involved with the Magic, ‘We will be holding regular seminars at the Centre to educate the athletes on the importance of eating correctly to improve performance.  Both Senior and Academy players will receive specific sports supplement support to enhance their training and recovery regime’.

 

These are exciting times for Manchester Magic, playing at the Amaechi Basketball Centre, and this partnership will strengthen Magic's ambition to play at the top level of English basketball .

 

 

 

23 August 2012

 

Start of Community Season at ABC

 

Monday 10 September    
4:45 - 5:30pm
Tiny Tots
Reception to Year 2 Boys and Girls
5:30 - 6:30pm
Primary
Year 3 -6 Coaching/Games Boys and Girls
6:30 - 7:30pm
Secondary
Year 7 -11 Coaching/Games Boys and Girls
 
   
 
   
Saturday 15 September    
9:30 - 10:30am
Primary
Reception to Year 6 Boys and Girls
 
   

MONDAY LEAGUES re-start on Monday 10 September

 

FRIDAY LEAGUES re-start on Friday 14 September

 

 

20 August 2012

 

National League Camp starts Wednesday 22 August

 

All campers, please remember that National League Camp begins on Wednesday 22 August and finishes on Sunday 26 August. Registration is at 9:00am. Please remember to bring the balance of your fees. You will be provided with your own reversible shirt to use at camp. You will need to bring your own lunch and enough liqiuds to take you through each day. If you have any problems, please email Joe Forber on j.forber@amaechibasketballcentre.com or Richard Hill on r.hill@amaechibasketballcentre.com or phone the office on 0161-881-0090.

 

 

 

9 August 2012

 

Website to be Re-vamped

 

With the coming season featuring the Magic Senior Men in Division 2, and the Mystics Senior Women in Division 1, we feel that a re-vamp of the website is necessary to match our improved status in the game at Senior level.

 

Watch this space in early September for developments.

 

 

20 July 2012

 

John to Carry the Olympic Torch

 

John Amaechi OBE has been chosen to raise the Olympic Torch to new heights on Saturday morning GMT, 21 July 2012. With only one week to go to the start of the London 2012 Games, he will be bringing the Olympic Torch to the top of the Greenwich Arena where he will share the torch transfer moment, affectionately called a "torch kiss” with former Olympic gymnastics superstar, Nadia Komonich at the apex of the roof, looking down over the Olympic Park and the city of London.

The news will be covered live by the BBC News Channel and aired on the BBC Breakfast Show.

The invitation to bear the torch commented that John had been “...chosen for this moment due to (his) inspirational achievements in basketball and in life, and the North Greenwich Arena chosen as it is the venue for basketball during the London 2012 Olympic Games”

On hearing the news, John said, “It’s an honour to be deemed worthy to carry the torch in company with the other torch bearers who are all standouts in their communities. I think of the Olympic torch as one of the pure and unwavering symbols of the true tenets of the Olympic games and to carry it and then share a torch ‘kiss' with someone as emblematic of perfection in their art as Nadia Comăneci with be a memory I savour forever.”

Other Olympic notes:
John has had to have a special torch bearer uniform created to fit him.
John will be a part of the BBC’s cross-platform coverage throughout the Olympic Games, including hosting the basketball competition

 

 

 

 

3 May 2012

 

Promotions for Magic and Mystics

 

EB has confirmed that our applications for Senior team promotions for 2012/13 have been accepted. The Magic Senior team will play

in Division 2 and the Mystics Senior team will play in Division 1. All at the Club now have much work to do, on and off the floor, to justify

these promotions.

 

We will now continue our policy of promoting our young players to the Senior teams when they leave the Junior

ranks. We hope that the players will respond by targetting a Senior career with our own Club, rather than looking to move to other

situations where the grass is not always greener.

 

 

 

24 April 2012

 

Final Fours - Boys and Girls

 

For the second year in succession, we have been able to qualify for all 8 Final Fours - 5 Boys and 3 Girls. This is unprecedented in

English Basketball and a great credit to all players, coaches, parents and supporters. No other team in the country has been able to

qualify more than 3 teams.

 

Unfortunately, we have already been losing finalists in the Boys Under 13 and Under 15 competitions, with 2 fine NASSA teams just

getting the better of us on the day.

 

Under 13 Boys NASSA 75 - 68 Manchester

Under 15 Boys MASSA 90 - 87 Manchester

 

We go to the EIS in sheffield on 5/6 May with high hopes in the Boys and Girls Under 14/16/18, but, as ever, the competition will be

tough and will demand the very best from our young players. They will not let us down!

 

 

23 April 2012

 

Manchester Magic Boys Trials

 

The trials for the Magic teams will be at ABC on 12 May at the following times:

 

Saturday 12th May 2012

Current School Years 6/7                   12.30pm – 2.30pm

Current School Years 8/9                     2.30pm – 4.30pm

Current School Years 10/11/12            4.30pm – 6.00pm

 

Just turn up.  No charge.

 

See poster on Home page for more details.

 

 

20 April 2012

 

Player/Coach of the Year Awards

 

The Club is delighted to announce that both our Senior team coaches have been awarded Coach of the Year, and that Nicky Blakeway has been awarded the Player of the Year in Division 2 Women North. Congratulations to all.

 

CoachPlayerOfTheYear

Paul Middleton, Nicky Blakeway and Jim Carnegie received their awards at the Final Fours.

 

LEAGUE
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR
Division 1 Men
Vernon Teel
BA London Leopards
Dejan Mihevc
BA London Leopards
Division 1 Women
Stephanie Gandy
City of Sheffield Hatters
Mark Clark
Barking Abbey Leopards
Division 2 Men
Greg Hernandez
Glamorgan Gladiators
Marc Steutel
Team Northumbria
Division 2 Women
(North)
Nicola Blakeway
Manchester Mystics
James Carnegie
Manchester Mystics
Division 2 Women
(Midlands-South West)
Rebecca Lear
Reading Rockets
CJ Lee
Solent Suns
Division 2 Women
(Midlands-South East)
Maaja Bratka
Loughborough Students Riders
Matthew Harber
Loughborough Students Riders
Division 3 Men
(North)
Tom Ward
Loughborough Students Riders
Paul Middleton
Manchester Magic
Division 3 Men
(South)
Ladi Brown
Newham Neptunes
Sam Stiller
Newham Neptunes
Division 4 Men
(North)
Steven Gayle
Rossendale Raptors
Malcolm Leak
Burnley College Blaze
Division 4 Men
(Midlands)
Daniel Belgrave
Worcester Wolves II
Chris Lowe
Worcester Wolves II
Division 4 Men
(South)
Joel Henry
Uxbridge College Emperors
Matthew Johnson
Reading Rockets II

 

 

 

6 May 2012

 

Magic/Mystics Play-off Progress 2012

 

Magic/Mystics teams are making good progress in the National Play-offs:

 

Under 13 Boys
Manchester 1
89 - 63
Cheshire Juniors Play-off R1  
Manchester 1
97 - 67
Northants Play-off QF  
Manchester 1
98 - 71
Wellingborough Final 4 SF  
Manchester 1
68 - 75
NASSA Final 4 Fnl  
 
Under 15 Boys
Manchester
74 - 49
Birmingham Play-off R1  
Manchester
81 - 34
Solent Play-off QF  
Manchester
86 - 75
Hertfordshire Final 4 SF  
Manchester
87 - 90
NASSA Final 4 Fnl  
 
Div 3 Men
Manchester
87 - 46
London Greenhouse Play-off QF  
Manchester
72 - 50
Warrington Play-off SF  
Manchester
67 - 78
NASSA Play-off Final  
 
Div 2 Women
Manchester
20 - 0
London Westside Play-off QF  
Manchester
76 - 77*
Loughborough Play-off SF  
 
Under 18 Men
Manchester
108 - 49
Leeds Carnegie Play-off R2  
Manchester
69 - 53
Reading Play-off QF  
Manchester
64 - 71
Westminster Warriors Play-off SF  
Manchester
86 - 68
London Pioneers 3/4 Play-off
 
Under 16 Boys
Manchester
20 - 0
Gateshead Play-off R2  
Manchester
73 - 69
Solent Kestrels Play-off QF  
Manchester
75 - 61
Westminster Warriors Play-off SF  
Manchester
75 - 66
NASSA Play-off Final National Champions
Under 14 Boys
Manchester
95 - 49
Leeds Carnegie Play-off R1  
Manchester
103 - 35
Ipswich Tomcats Play-off QF  
Manchester
88 - 69
Haringey Hawks Play-off SF  
Manchester
90 - 64
Notts Nova Play-off Final National Champions
Under 18 Women
Manchester
57 - 27
Southend Play-off QF  
Manchester
41 - 51
Sevenoaks Play-off SF  
Manchester
53 - 47
London Eastside 3/4 Play-off
 
Under 16 Girls
Manchester
83 - 43
Bristol Play-off R1  
Manchester
60 - 46
Ipswich Bobcats Play-off QF  
Manchester
41 - 69
Haringey Angels Play-off SF  
Manchester
60 - 84
Hertfordshire 3/4 Play-off
 
Under 14 Girls
Manchester
102 - 27
Cheshire Juniors Play-off R1  
Manchester
70 - 67
Sevenoaks Play-off QF  
Manchester
47 - 91
Southend Play-off SF  
Manchester
82 - 60
Sheffield 3/4 Play-off  

 

 

 

7 April 2012

Under 13 and U15 Boys Final Fours

 

After winning the National Championships at Under 13 and Under 15 Boys last year, we had high hopes of repeating this success in this season's Final Fours. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Both teams just fell short in their attempts to win the National Championship.

 

The Under 15 Boys had a challenge in the Semi-Final, before overcoming a big, gritty Hertfordshire team by 86 - 75. In the Final game, they met NASSA from London and enjoyed a 19-point lead in the 3rd quarter, before nerves and foul trouble and a fine NASSA comeback reduced the lead as the game wore on. NASSA prevailed in the final minute and won the game 90 -87. Although it was a disappointment for the Magic, full credit must be given to the NASSA boys who did their Club credit with a fantastic fightback.

 

The Under 13 Boys defeated Wellingborough in the Semi-Final by 98 - 71. This was closer than the score suggests and the starting players had to play most of the game to secure victory. In the Final, the Magic met NASSA and almost pulled off the victory, having a 5-point lead with 3 minutes to go. NASSA again showed their fighting qualities as the Magic starting players tired. The final margin was 75 - 68 to NASSA, but it was a highly creditable performance by the Magic boys.

 

 

7 April 2012

Magic EBL Division 2 Recruiting

 

The Magic Division 3 Men's team have had a magnificent season. They were the Champions of Division 3 North, after a tremendous tussle with a strong Loughborough team which came a very close second. After a complete change of philosophy for our Senior Men's team last summer, we have achieved the first target of our long-term plan, which is to attempt to gain promotions from Division 3 to Division 2 to Division 1 and further. We dispensed with the concept of imported players and short-term fix players who would not commit for any length of time to our Club. Thus, promotion to Division 2 has been gained by using our top quality Junior players and other (mainly young) players who are committed to our Club. This has included University students (Yann Fasbender, Tayo Oyefusi), and other players (e.g. Danny Pilkington, Joe Sullivan, Liam Johnson) who came through our development system in recent times.

 

This philosophy will continue in the long-term. We are now looking to build upon our success of last season, and will need to recruit additional players to our current roster to achieve our aims in Divison 2. We may be able to help towards course fees for players involved in educational courses within the Manchester area for players of a suitable standard. There is also the possibility of making available accommodation in one of our 2 Club-owned houses.

 

The step-up from Division 3 to Division 2 is considerable, as it now involves us in truly National competition throughout the season

and extra commitment will be needed by everyone connected to the team - players, coaches, administrators. We are thus looking for

players who will make a serious commitment to their own basketball improvement and to our ambitions as a Club.

 

Paul Middleton, last season's Coach, will continue the coaching role for 2012/13.

 

We are holding a trial for our Senior Men's team on Sunday 13 May at 1:00pm at Amaechi Basketball Centre. If you would like to attend,

please contact Joe on 01625-527867 or 07790-686496 or j.forber@amaechibasketballcentre.com

 

 

 

 

7 April 2012

Congratulations to Senior Men and Women

 

Many congratulations to the Magic Senior Men and the Mystics Senior Women. Both teams tied up their respective Divisions, the Men winning Northern League Division 3, and the Women winning Northern League Division 2.

 

 

EBL Division 3 Men (North)Table Final Table

 

Pos
Name
Played
Won
Lost
For
Agst
Pts Diff
Points
1
Manchester Magic
22
19
3
1871
1288
583
38
2
Loughborough Riders
22
18
4
1729
1359
370
36
3
Warrington Wolves
22
17
5
1649
1439
210
34
4
Sheffield Sabres
22
13
9
1521
1411
110
26
5
Derby Trailblazers II
22
13
9
1717
1623
94
26
6
Sheffield Saints
22
13
9
1616
1557
59
26
7
Sefton Stars
22
11
11
1419
1496
-77
22
8
Huddersfield Heat
22
9
13
1764
1887
-123
18
9
Nottingham Hoods
22
8
14
1436
1444
-8
16
10
Leeds Carnegie II
22
5
17
1509
1772
-263
10
11
Shropshire Warriors
22
4
18
1356
1791
-435
8
12
Stockport Falcons
22
2
20
1272
1792
-520
4

 

 

EBL Division 2 Women (North) Table Final Table

 

Pos
Name
Played
Won
Lost
For
Agst
Pts Diff
Points

1

Manchester Mystics
14
14
0
1231
522
709
28

2

Sefton Starlights
14
11
3
893
564
329
22

3

Mansfield Giants
14
10
4
891
632
259
20

4

Bury Blue Devils
14
8
6
773
682
91
16

5

Sheffield Hatters II
14
6
8
758
839
-81
12

6

Doncaster Eagles
14
3
11
568
931
-363
6

7

Sunderland Predators
14
3
11
611
1069
-458
6

8

Newcastle Eagles
14
1
13
583
1069
-486
2

 

Both teams have applied for the higher Division and EB are fully expected to sanction this. The Club is currently recruiting players who may be able to help each team to compete in their respective Divisions. This means that the Men will compete in EBL Division 2, with ambitions to make it to EBL Division 1. The Women will be competing in the top Division against the likes of perennial powerhouses Sheffield Hatters and UWIC.

 

 

19 February 2012

Under 18 and Under 16 Boys National Cup and Men's National Shield Finals

 

Amaechi Basketball Centre hosted the Under 18 and Under 16 Boys Sureshot National Cup Finals, and Men's National Shield on Sunday 19 February.

 

11:30am Under 16 Boys Final Newham All-Star Sports Academy
73 - 61
Birmingham As
1:45pm Under 18 Boys Final Manchester Magic
77 - 57
Reading Academy Rockets
4:00pm Men's National Shield Final Loughborough Students Riders
69 - 73
Newham All-Star Sports Academy

 

Tickets for the finals can be bought on the door at the Amaechi Basketball Centre on the day. Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for concessions.

 

 

 

8 February 2012

 

Loughborough v Manchester Magic

 

This game, due to be played on 18 February at Loughborough, has been postponed at Loughborough's request.

 

 

8 February 2012

 

Manchester Magic v Nottingham Hoods

 

The Manchester Magic v Nottingham Hoods game on Saturday 11 February has had to be rescheduled, due to circumstances beyond our control.

 

The game will now be played on Saturday 18 February at Amaechi Basketball Centre. Tip-off 6:00pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 February 2012

 

Amaechi Centre gets visit from the Harlem Globetrotters

 

On Tuesday the Amaechi Centre saw a visit from the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters. They entertained over a hundred local children from Wilbraham Primary School and talked about the history of the Globetrotters and how to follow their C.H.E.E.R. programme to achieve success in life. 

 

Harlem1          Harlem 2

Flip & Blender talking to the kids                      Taking a Free Throw

 

Harlem 3   Harlem 4

Globetrotters with Wilbraham Primary School             Showing the kids a trick

 

19 January 2012

Club joins forces with Manchester United

 

Club joins forces with  Manchester United to establish partnership to deliver basketball through the Barclay's Premier League 4 Sport programme.

 

The Club has become the Hub for an exciting new initiative to broaden the base of young people playing community basketball. (external link)

 

 

14 December 2011

 

Loughborough v Magic

QF Shield Game

 

This game has now been rearranged for Sunday 18 December with a tip-off time of 3:15pm. The game will be at the Radmore Centre, Loughborough College.

 

 

 

12 December 2011

 

Loughborough v Magic

QF Shield Game

 

Unfortunately, this game was abandoned after 3 minutes because the floor was dangerous. When it has been rearranged it will be posted on this website. The winner will play Leeds Carnegie 2 in the Semi-Final.

 

17 October 2011

 

John Amaechi OBE

 

The Club has the great honour of being associated with John Amaechi and the recent awarding of his OBE.  John’s investiture date is Wednesday 26 October 2011 when he has been invited to the Palace to receive his Award.

 

Motivation. Inspiration. Innovation.

 

John Amaechi, where anecdote meets research...

john1

John Amaechi OBE is a psychologist, New York Times best-selling Author and former NBA basketball star working in both the US and the Europe. His work is mostly with medium to large size institutions: business, educational and philanthropic, to help them assess, manage, maximise and retain their human capital.

 

John has been recognised by the British government and the Queen with his appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2011. He is an accomplished, motivational communicator with experience addressing a diverse cross-section of people, including an impressive list of international corporations, charities and world-class educational institutions, throughout Great Britain, Europe and the United States. He has appeared on such shows as BBC Breakfast, The Politics Show, Newsnight, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Real Time with Bill Maher, Oprah and many more speaking on issues of organisational performance, workplace communication, culture, identity an inclusion. He is internationally known for his contribution to brands understanding how to energise and usecause marketing, corporate social responsibility as a client & personnel engagement tool.

 

John is able to set and maintain tone, as well as use wit, warmth and an acute insight to link the individual facets of any organisation and truly connect with the people with whom he works. His demeanour and experience allow for an inspiring, entertaining and unforgettable interaction that prompts enduring change.

 

John can analyse personnel and strategy, facilitate intra-organisational communication and highlight and tackle problems that diminish workplace cohesion and performance. He has created an organisational diagnostic process that allows clients to quickly get to the heart of their challenges and set new targets.

 

John Amaechi spoke at our national sales meeting and even though sales people are notorious for being quite cynical and hard to impress, John had an amazing impact on us all! He is a very interesting and thought provoking person and left us all feeling very motivated. His honesty and integrity was a breath of fresh air! ~Mary Thorpe, Toshiba UK

 

john2What can I say about John, his career or our profession? What a candid moment! He is our conscience! He truly held us accountable and inspired us to a higher standard… to do better. Really amazing conversation. I have never been to a keynote with no AV back up, that had that type of result. ~Larry Lundy, Susan G. Komen for the Cure

 

John Amaechi was the most thought-provoking speaker. He gave me so much to think about. Hands down he was my favourite presenter. ~Nicole McLaughlin. Air Force Marathon

 

Easily the best of the diversity presentations I have attended ever since Diversity Week was launched. John was engaging, interesting, and very relevant. And he was more than simply a 'diversity candidate’ talking of his experiences, rather he addressed the topic in a thoughtful and thought-provoking way. ~Anne Marie Salamy, Global Leadership & Diversity team, Goldman Sachs

 

It was unforgettable, it was inspirational, he was in tune with the room and what he said was pitched at exactly the right level for his audience - everyone was hanging on his words. It felt like he was speaking to each of one of us personally. ~Principal, North Westminster School

 

Out of all the keynotes, I thought the only truethought leader was John Amaechi, I appreciated his brutal candour and integrity. ~Robert Ryan, Canadian Museum of Civilisation, IEG Conference, 2011

 

We miss John here already! I think he underestimates how powerful, bright and open he is in a way that resonates with so many. I am tremendously pleased with what he brought to this community and "how" he brought it. ~Lynn Sullivan MS Ed., Dean of Community Affairs King Low-Heywood Thomas School    

    

To check John’s availability, please send an email to: enquiries@amaechiperformance.com 

 

Biography for John Amaechi OBE

john3

 

John Amaechi has a portfolio career as a psychologist, New York Timesbest-selling author and social entrepreneur working in boththe US and the Europe. His work is mostly in industrial and organisational settings with medium to large institutions, to help them to assess, manage, recruit, retain and maximise the performance of their human capital.(www.amaech i performance.com) He also works as a performance coach with high-profile business and sports people on challenges with interpersonal communications, leadership and motivation.

 

In the UK, John works with his own charity in Manchester, with over 2000 young people per week in attendance, helping to harness the power of young people through this holistic sporting centre for urban communities (www.amaechibasketball.com).  John has consulted with researchers at the Pennsylvania State University to create a programme steeped in the fundamentals of social emotional training to provide an environment where young people who are coached in life as much as sport.

 

John has been recognised by the British government and the Queen for his services to Sport as a player and since retirement and also his ongoing involvement in charitabl work over the years. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June, 2011 as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

 

John augments the impact of his charitable, business and psychological interventions by being an accomplished communicator with experience addressing a diverse cross-section of clients, including an impressive list of ‘blue chip’ corporations, international trusts and world-class educational institutions, throughout Europe and the United States.

 

John inspires, informs and charms audiences with his candour and wealth of international experience in sport, business and life. At the age of 17, when he first picked up a basketball, John was considered ‘too late to the game’ and ‘not athletic enough’ to have any chance of success in domestic sport, much less overseas. Six short years later he became a ‘starter’ in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Twelve years from first picking up a basketball, John became the first and only Britain to have his jersey hung in the U.S. Basketball Hall of Fame. John captained the England squad since his arrival to the team in 1997 and even in ‘retirement’ led the English Squad to Bronze, it’s first ever medal finish, in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

 

Since retirement from sport, John has pursued a PhD in psychology, written white papers for the UK government and created an organisational diagnostic tool (Functional Behavioural Personality Analysis) that allows institutions to better understand, manage and improve their personnel, climate and culture.

 

john4John is qualified in the use and interpretation of various personality inventories and other psychometric testing platforms. He is a fifteen year veteran of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) it’s Division of Occupational Psychology and the BPS Psychometric Testing Group. He is also a senior fellow at the Applied Centre for Emotional Literacy, Learning and Research in the United Kingdom.

 

John was seconded to the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) working group on Community Cohesion and Social Return on Investment. He was instrumental in writing chapters addressing the shortfalls in the training of senior staff and coaches as well as the design of programming to better achieve the desired social targets.

 

John is a social affairs and sports pundit for the BBC, CNN and ESPN as well as a presenter on a range of radio and television programmes, including ITV’s “Britain on the Move” series and Channel 5’s weekly “Sport on Five”. In 2009 he starred in a prime-time BBC 2 programme called “The Speaker” that looked to find Britain’s best young speaker as well as inspiring youth across the UK to embrace the power of their voice. He is already contracted to be part of the BBC’s key broadcast talent for the London 2012 games.

 

In 2008 John became a sporting ambassador for Amnesty International and went to the 2008 Beijing Olympics to shed light on the Chinese ‘Olympic promises’ and continuing human rights abuses in China, reporting his discoveries and daily interactions in his Beijing Legacy Blog. By the end of 2008, John took a full Amnesty International Ambassador role covering the entire spectrum of human rights and is still the only Amnesty International Ambassador to be allowed into China.

 

John was an Ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic Bid and is now also a director for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Board that sets strategy for procurement, recruitment and standards for every employee, supplier and volunteer for the 2012 Olympic games effort.

 

In 2007, John wrote his New York Times bestselling book “Man in the Middle,” chronicling his life and work and providing distinct lessons to anyone ever told that they weren’t capable of doing great things. The most important theme John hoped to illustrate through his personal story of struggle and triumph, was that “...despite what we are often told, the most unlikely of people, in the most improbable of circumstances can become extraordinary.”

 

For your information, John’s professional affiliations are as follows:

  • American Psychological Association (15 years)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) (4 years)
  • BPS Division of Occupational Psychology (2 years)
  • BPS Psychological Testing Centre (10 years)
  • Centre for Social Justice (2 years)
  • Applied Centre for Emotional Literacy, Learning and Research (2 years)

 

 

 

16 September 2011

 

Under 13 Boys Trials

 

Manchester Magic Under 13 Boys Trial
Saturday 1 October 2011
3pm – 5pm
School Years 7 & 8
Amaechi Basketball Centre (M16 8GW)
No charge to take part

 

 

11 September 2011

 

Pre-Season Magic Games

 

Some pre-season tough games for Manchester Magic were most useful:

 

Saturday 10 September
1:00pm Manchester Magic 57 - 78 Warrington Wolves
3:00pm Warrington Wolves 63 - 89 Bradford Dragons
5:00pm Manchester Magic 58 - 81 Bradford Dragons
Sunday 11 September
1:00pm Manchester Magic 95 - 53 Birmingham Mets
3:00pm Birmingham Mets61 - 69 Northumbria
5:00pm Manchester Magic 90 - 68 Northumbria
Wednesday 14 September
8:15pm Manchester Magic 77 - 65 Leeds Carnegie

 

 

 

 

22 August 2011

 

Under 16 European Women

 

Many congratulations to the three Mystics players who have just finished representing England in the European B Division Championships in Romania.

 

The team gave an outstanding performance in coming second out of 15 teams, just being pipped in the final game by Germany by

66 - 63.

 

Leah McDerment made an outstanding contribution, being a starter in all 8 games and playing more minutes than anyone else in the team over the whole tournament.

 

Ashley Tensel and Mollie Campbell also made significant contributions to the success of the team.

 

Congratulations to all 3 girls and their families.

 

 

 

 

17 August 2011

 

Administration Evening

 

Our Administration Evening for all Club members involved in National League Programmes this year, will be on Wednesday

7th September 2011 at 6.30pm.

 

Photographs will be taken on the night, but all players will need a copy of their birth certificate or passport before they can be licensed.

 

Please note that for players Under 18 years old, a parent/carer must be here to sign the application form.

 

All Standing Order details will be given.

 

 

13 August 2011

 

Under 16 Men European Update

 

The Under 16 Boys team created history by being the first England Boys team in the modern era to qualify for the A Division for next year. The team had a wonderful run, going unbeaten until the final game which they lost to a fine Slovenian team 73 - 82. As the first 2 teams in the competition qualified for the A Division, this was enough for the team to be promoted.

 

Simon Fisher, the England Under 16 Coach, gave a glowing report of Tamas Okros, the Magic player, indicating that Tamas played an extremely important role in the team gelling together and fulfilling its true potential. Tamas was a starter in every game.

 

Scott Bowie, who was able to represent Ireland, finished the tournament strongly, but inevitably, had to play on a losing team throughout the tournament.

 

We wish both players good fortune in their contributions to the Magic Under 18 team this coming season.

 

 

 

 

4 August 2011

 

European Honours

 

We are well into the traditional European Championships for Men's and Women's Under 20, Under 18 and Under 16 age groups. The Magic and Mystics are well represented. Here are some updates:

 

Under 20 Men

We were represented here by Lee Goldsbrough, one of our ex-players, who is now at Providence College (Big East) in the USA. Lee's stats were 14 minutes, 3.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The team finished a disappointing 13th out of 22 in Division B.

 

Under 18 Men

In a disappointing campaign, with a talented team, England finished 14th out of 18 in Division B. Josh McGinn tore his hamstring prior to the trip, so could not take part. Jack Crook was our only representative and finished with 14 minutes, 4.6 points, and 5.3 rebounds per game.

 

Under 20 Women

Of the 6 teams competing this summer, the Under 20 Women are the only team in Division A, after an excellent tournament last summer which qualified them for the top Division. This summer, they again performed extremely well and finished 8th out of 16, with Kristie Shiels, an ex-Mystics player, finishing with stats of 21 minutes, 4 points and 6 rebounds per game.

 

Under 16 Boys

We are in the middle of this campaign, with the England Under 16s doing extremely well with 5 wins out of 5. They look to have a good chance of going all the way and we wish them all the best in their endeavours. Tamas Okros is representing our Club, is a starter in each game, and is making a major contribution to the team's success. More details will follow as more results come in.

We also have a second Magic player in the Under 16 competition. Scott Bowie qualifies for the Irish team and has done very well to be involved in European competition at this stage of his career. More details will follow on Scott's progress.

 

 

 

 

 

22 July 2011

 

Good news for Mystics Juniors

 

 

Leah McDerment, Ashley Tensel and Mollie Campbell have been named in the final 12 players for the European Under 16 Championships in Romania. They are to play two preparation games against Germany next weekend, 29/30 July before flying out to Arad on 9 August.

All at the Club congratulate the girls and wish them all the best for their games in Romania.

 

 

 

 

24 June 2011

 

Magic Senior Final Trial

 

Manchester Magic are holding a final trial for the Division 3 Men's Senior team on Saturday 2 July at Amaechi Basketball Centre at 3:00pm. There will be no charge to take part. See below for change of direction of Magic programme.

 

24 June 2011

 

Magic Future

 

Manchester Magic is moving in a different direction with its Senior Men’s team.  After a decade of great success with our Boys age group teams, and the winning of a multitude of National Championships and National Cups, we would like to forge a much closer link between the youngsters who are doing so consistently well each year, and the Club Senior Men’s team.  We do not feel that we have established this link well enough in the past.  The Trustees have therefore decided that we will just compete in Men’s Div 3 next season.  It is our intention to start afresh at Senior Men’s level and the Trustees would like to make the following points:

  • It will be much easier to build a new system, with solid foundations and good principles from a Division 3 starting point.  We intend that many of our Under 18 players in September 2011 will play for this team, and they will be joined by some more experienced players who will be required to make a definite, medium term commitment to our Club. i.e. 2 or 3 years.
  • We will promote the student/athlete system and will welcome players who may be studying within travelling distance of Amaechi Basketball Centre and wish to play for the Magic.  We may be able to help financially with a contribution to course fees for suitable, high quality players.
  • The Club target will be to get from EBL Division 3 to EBL Division 1 as quickly as possible.  We do NOT see ourselves as a ‘Division 3 Club’, but a ‘Division 1 Club’. We are simply using a different philosophy to get there. If we are able to re-establish ourselves as a Division 1 team, with a bulk of our own youngsters playing for this team, we feel that we would then have a structured pathway from Under 13 Boys to Senior Men which will be attractive to any youngster playing for any of our National League teams.
  • We have no intention of dealing in short term fixes, but wish to establish a new, long-term strategy.
  • We will continue to encourage our players to play at the highest personal level they can.  We accept that, in order for the more talented players to follow a career in basketball, they may have to move from the Club. e.g. to the USA.  We will continue to support this movement.

 

 

11 June 2011

 

John Amaechi Honour

 

Great news for John Amaechi and the Club with the awarding of the OBE to John in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

 

Hearty congratulations to John from all at the Club.

 

 

26 April 2011

 

Magic BoysTrials

 

If you are interested in trying out for the most successful Club in the country, come along to the Amaechi Basketball Centre on Saturday 7 May for the trials for next year's National League teams:

 

Current School Year 6, 7       12.30pm – 2.30pm

 

Current School Year 8, 9       2.30pm – 4.30pm

 

Current School Year 10, 11   4.30pm – 6.00pm

 

No charge to take part. Just turn up, ready to play.

 

Call Joe Forber 01625-527867/07790-686496 or Richard Hill 0161-881-0090/07833-224380 for further details.

 

 

 

22 April 2011

 

Magic Trials

 

Manchester Magic are looking for players for next season. We are changing the direction of our Senior team. We have a trial on Sunday 8 May at 1:00pm at Amaechi Basketball Centre.

 

Click here for further details.

 

21 April 2011

 

Magic Future

 

Manchester Magic is moving in a different direction with its Senior Men’s team.  After a decade of great success with our Boys age group teams, and the winning of a multitude of National Championships and National Cups, we would like to forge a much closer link between the youngsters who are doing so consistently well each year, and the Club Senior Men’s team.  We do not feel that we have established this link well enough in the past.  The Trustees have therefore decided that we will just compete in Men’s Div 3 next season.  It is our intention to start afresh at Senior Men’s level and the Trustees would like to make the following points:

  • It will be much easier to build a new system, with solid foundations and good principles from a Division 3 starting point.  We intend that many of our Under 18 players in September 2011 will play for this team, and they will be joined by some more experienced players who will be required to make a definite, medium term commitment to our Club. i.e. 2 or 3 years.
  • We will promote the student/athlete system and will welcome players who may be studying within travelling distance of Amaechi Basketball Centre and wish to play for the Magic.  We may be able to help financially with a contribution to course fees for suitable, high quality players.
  • The Club target will be to get from EBL Division 3 to EBL Division 1 as quickly as possible.  We do NOT see ourselves as a ‘Division 3 Club’, but a ‘Division 1 Club’. We are simply using a different philosophy to get there. If we are able to re-establish ourselves as a Division 1 team, with a bulk of our own youngsters playing for this team, we feel that we would then have a structured pathway from Under 13 Boys to Senior Men which will be attractive to any youngster playing for any of our National League teams.
  • We have no intention of dealing in short term fixes, but wish to establish a new, long-term strategy.
  • We will continue to encourage our players to play at the highest personal level they can.  We accept that, in order for the more talented players to follow a career in basketball, they may have to move from the Club. e.g. to the USA.  We will continue to support this movement.

 

 

 

13 April 2011

 

Great Success

 

The Magic/Mystics success story rolls on with the news that all 8 of the Club's age group boys' and girls' teams have made it to the

Final Four in their age group.

 

After the Under 15 and Under 13 Boys picked up the Championship trophies at Stoke Mandeville recently, last weekend's play-off

results mean that the Under 18/Under 16/Under 14 Boys and the Under 18/Under 16/Under 14 Girls all go to the EIS, Sheffield on the

weekend of 30 April/1May to vie for their Championships.

 

It is believed that this is unique in English basketball and all players, coaches and parents of the respective teams, can take great

pride in their performance so far this season.

 

It is also noteworthy that the Under 18 Boys had a comfortable victory over London Spartans by 103 - 75, to secure the National Cup in

February, and last weekend the Mystics Women's Division 2 won the Championship Final against Solent Suns by 73 - 58.

 

 

 

 

1 May 2011

 

Magic/Mystics Play-off Progress

 

Magic/Mystics teams are making good progress in the National Play-offs:

 

Under 13 Boys
     
Manchester 1
123 - 38
Northants Too Round 1  
Manchester 1
91 - 25
Worthing Quarter Final  
Manchester 1
134 - 35
Ipswich Semi Final  
Manchester 1
107 - 40
Lewisham Final National Champions
 
     
Under 15 Boys
     
Manchester
102 - 51
Derby Round 1  
Manchester
77 - 59
Solent Quarter Final  
Manchester
89 - 57
Sheffield Semi Final  
Manchester
83 - 73
NASSA Final National Champions
 
     
Div 2 Women
     
Manchester
78 - 51
Bristol Quarter Final  
Manchester
67 - 59
Sevenoaks Semi Final  
Manchester
73 - 58
Solent Final National Champions
 
     
Under 18 Men
     
Manchester
57 - 50
Derby Trailblazers 2 Round 2  
Manchester
92 - 46
Taunton Quarter Final  
Manchester
64 - 66
Cheshire Semi Final  
Manchester
74 - 62
Leicester 3/4 Play-off  
         
Under 16 Boys
     
Manchester
119 - 53
Oldham Round 2  
Manchester
77 - 72
Medway Park Quarter Final  
Manchester
106 - 86
Worthing Semi Final  
Manchester
77 - 70
Cheshire Jets Final National Champions
         
Under 14 Boys
     
Manchester
125 - 25
Derby Arrows Round 1  
Manchester
102 - 31
Northants Round 2  
Manchester
124 - 63
Brentwood Quarter Final  
Manchester
95 - 45
London Pioneers Semi Final  
Manchester
91 - 65
NASSA Final National Champions
         
Under 18 Women
     
Manchester
71 - 47
Southend Swifts Quarter Final  
Manchester
58 - 73
Sevenoaks Semi Final  
Manchester
69 - 55
Doncaster 3/4 Play-off  
         
Under 16 Girls
     
Manchester
92 - 26
Bury Round 1  
Manchester
77 - 48
Northants Quarter Final  
Manchester
62 - 52
Sevenoaks Semi Final  
Manchester
52 - 87
Haringey Final  
         
Under 14 Girls
     
Manchester
100 - 42
Leeds Carnegie Round 1  
Manchester
75 - 50
Ipswich Quarter Final  
Manchester
57 - 83
Haringey Semi Final  
Manchester
60 - 55
Sevenoaks 3/4 Play-off  
         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 April 2011

 

More Success for Magic

 

Two sterling performances earned National Championships for the Under 13 and Under 15 Boys in their Final Four Tournaments at

Stoke Mandeville on Saturday 2 April.

 

The Under 13s showed complete domination of their event and were not pushed at all in either the Semi-Final or the Final.

 

Semi Finals:

Manchester 134 - 35 Ipswich

Notts Nova 56 - 57 Lewisham

 

3/4 Play-off:

Ipswich 54 - 76 Notts Nova

 

1/2 Play-off:

Manchester 107 - 40 Lewisham

 

The Most Valuable Player Award went to Recardo Eaton-Barnes, the Manchester guard, who has been with the Club from the age of 6.

Recardo showcased his ball-handling skills to the pleasure of the capacity crowd.

 

The Under 15 team had more difficulty in their Final, after comfortably despatching Sheffield Sharks in the Semi-Final.

A very spirited NASSA team came out firing and deservedly took a 19 point lead in the second quarter. The Manchester boys responded

well and, with their excellent team spirit, chipped away at the deficit, finally drawing level with 3 minutes to go. A very controlled last

three minutes saw the Manchester boys finally win by 10 points. Terrific credit is due to the NASSA team for their performance and their

graciousness in defeat - very impressive indeed and a credit to their Club.

 

Semi Finals:

Manchester 89 - 57 Sheffield

Northampton Nets 59 - 68 NASSA

 

3/4 Play-off:

Sheffield 81 - 65 Northampton Nets

 

1/2 Play-off:

Manchester 83 - 73 NASSA

 

The Most Valuable Player Award went to Tamas Okros who came to us from Bradford at the beginning of this season and has made an excellent contribution to our programme.

 

 

4 March 2011

 

Loreto Teams

 

After last Wednesday's results, both Loreto College Boys and Girls teams have reached the National Cup Final 4s. These will be

played in Birmingham on Thursday 17 March, and we wish them the best of luck.

 

25 February 2011

 

Coventry Withdraw

 

As Coventry have withdrawn from the EBL Division 1, the Home game v Coventry on Saturday 5 March is cancelled.

 

 

25 February 2011

 

NBA 3 on 3 Tournament at Amaechi Basketball Centre

 

The Sprite 3-on-3 tournament is coming to Amaechi Basketball Centre as part of Basketball Week. Put your

skills to the test and play against the best!

 

Open to: Male and female, 13 and up, 16 and under,18 and under, 19 and up.

 

Tuesday 1 March 2011

 

Registration 5.00pm to 6.00pm

Games commence at 6.15pm

 

For more information:

facebook.com/nbauk

basketballweek@nba.com

 

 

 

 

23 February 2011

 

Patrons Cup and Men's National Trophy

 

Amaechi Basketball Centre has been asked by England Basketball to host the Patrons Cup Final and the Men's National Trophy Final on Sunday 27 February.

 

Schedule

 

12:30pm Patrons Cup Final
Hemel Storm
v
London United-Richmond College
2:45pm Men's National Trophy Final
Reading Rockets
v
Leeds Carnegie

 

Tickets: £6 Adult, £3 Concessions

 

21 February 2011

 

Under 18 and Under 16 Boys National Cup Finals

 

Amaechi Basketball Centre again hosted the Under 18 and Under 16 Boys National Cup Finals, and Men's National Shield on Sunday 20 February.

 

 

Results

 

12 noon Under 16 Boys Final Cheshire Jets
79 - 65
Sheffield Sharks
2:00pm Under 18 Boys Final Manchester Magic
103 - 75
London Spartans
4:15pm Men's National Shield Final Birmingham Mets
86 - 83
Portsmouth City Smugglers

 

 

Congratulations to all winners. We are particularly pleased with our Under 18 Boys who won the U18 Sure Shot Cup.

 

 

21 January 2011

 

Manchester College Basketball Trials Tuesday 22 February 3pm - 6pm

 

The Manchester College are to hold basketball trials for Year 11 students on Tuesday 22 February at 3pm - 6pm at Nicholls Sixth Form College Sport Hall (M12 6BA) to join their Basketball Academy. To join the Academy at Manchester College you must enrol as a student on a full-time course. For more information please download and the read the PDF file, here

 

19 January 2011

 

Manchester Players in England Squads

Boys and Girls

 

Congratulations to all these Manchester players who are currently involved in the various Age Group Squads for England. In the case of Under 18 and Under 16, the England teams will be competing in European competition this summer.

 

Under 18 Boys

Jack Crook

Josh McGinn

 

Under 18 Girls

Katie Rowlands

 

Under 16 Boys

Tamas Okros (dependent upon nationality status)

 

Under 16 Girls

Mollie Campbell

Leah McDerment

Ashley Tensel

 

Under 15 Boys

Joe Swindells

Danny Walters

 

Under 15 Girls

Aleiah Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 November 2010

 

Primary School Activities at Amaechi Basketball Centre

Boys and Girls

 

We have several opportunities for Primary School children at our Basketball Centre:

 

1. Practice plus games.  Mondays 5:30pm – 6:30pm.  School Years 3, 4, 5, 6.  £1.50.

 

2. Practice plus games. Saturdays 9:15am – 10:45am.  School Years 3, 4, 5, 6.  £1.50.

 

3. Practice.  Sundays 10:30am – 12 noon.  School Years 5 & 6 only.  £1.50.

For above average players only.

 

4. League games.  Fridays 5:30pm – 6:30pm. School Years 5 & 6 only.  £1.50.

For above average players only.

 

Our sessions are open to any individual or small group.  We also encourage whole School teams to play in the Leagues on Fridays and Saturdays.  These sessions are every week in School terms. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 October 2010

 

Ryan McAdam

 

Ryan did well in his away debut at Brixton last weekend (25 points and 7 rebounds). Unfortunately, it was not good enough to secure a

much-needed victory In our first league game.

 

We have a big league game versus Bristol Flyers on Saturday at ABC at 7:30pm when Ryan will be playing his first home game. We

need a bumper crowd to get behind the team.

 

BE THERE AND CHEER ON THE MAGIC!

 

 

 

 

 

18 October 2010

 

Selection at Lilleshall

 

Following the Inter-Area Tournament for '97 boys at Lilleshall, 3 of our boys have been selected to attend the England Development Squad.

 

Allistair Lloyd

Daniel Walters

Recardo Eaton-Barnes

 

We wish them success in their future progress.

 

23 September 2010

 

'97 boys at Lilleshall

 

Congratulations to the following boys who have been selected to represent the NW team at Lilleshall this weekend.

Allistair Lloyd
Ben Jones
Daniel Walters
George Littler
Kyle Elly
Raheem Idris
Recardo Eaton-Barnes
Sam Ogden
Jordie Thomas

 

Well done and all the best for success at Lilleshall.

.

 

 

10 September 2010

 

National Players

 

We are proud to have more representative of our Club playing for England and Great Britain this summer in the European championships.

 

The Under 20 Women won the Division 'B' Championship for the first time ever, and therefore go on to the 'A' Division in 2011, which is a magnificent achievement.

 

Charlotte Stoddart and Kristie Sheils, both ex-Mystics, made a major contribution to the team. Charlotte is just beginning her second year at Fordham University in New York and Kristie, having spent a year at Leeds Carnegie, is just going to the USA to begin her College career over there at Pailm Beach State College.

 

Aaoron Gerami, just about to begin his career at Seton Hall in the Big East, played for the England Under 18 Boys in Tel Aviv and was a starter in every game and a mainline player. The team finishes a creditable 6th in the competition.

 

Rosie Hynes, ex-Mystics, did very well for England Under 18 Girls in Romania. Rosie was an excellent player for the Mystics before moving to Barking Abbey to continue he studies and develop her basketball at Division 1 level.

 

Our own Leah McDerment and Mollie Campbell were also honoured to play in the Under 16 Girls team in Skopje, Macedonia, where they made excellent contributions - see separate report. They are both young enough to play again next year for the Under 16 Girls, and we wish them every success.

 

 

8 September 2010

 

Devan Bailey

 

We are very proud at Manchester of Devan's success with the Great Britain Senior Men's programme.

 

Devan was a pupil at Helsby High School, Cheshire, when he joined Magic at the age of 13. His progress through the Club and through the England programmes was meteoric and was offered a 3 year Scholarship at Brewster Academy, a Prep School, in the USA. His performances there earned him a full scholarship at Central Connecticut State and he made a major contribution to his College team last season, when he was a Freshman.

 

Although he has had limited minutes for Great Britain, his presence in the squad speaks volumes for his determination and ambition and we wish him all the best for the future.

 

For more information, click on www.gameongb.com

 

 

7 September 2010

 

Aaron Gerami

 

Aaron started with our Club at the age of 14 when he was a 6' 3'', lanky teenager. He is now 6'11'' and beginning to forge a career in basketball.

 

After representing England at Under 16 level in the European Championships, he moved to Gran Canaria for a year to develop his basketball on a full-time basis. Health problems brought him home early, but the word had got round about his prowess as a big man.

 

After a typical recruiting battle in the USA, Seton Hall in the Big East became his choice. At this time, he is not sure whether he will redshirt or begin his Freshman year. Whatever happens, we are proud of his accomplishments at the Magic and wish him all the best for his future progress.

 

 

 

6 September 2010

Lee Goldsbrough

 

Lee came to us from Newcastle, geordie accent and all, to join our Basketball Academy at Loreto College 2 years ago.

 

Despite his inexperience at a high level, he was quickly invited to the Under 18 England programme where he performed admirably

in Summer 2009. Magic fans will know that he made a significant contribution to the Senior Magic team in the second half of last

season, which culminated in the Magic winning the Final Four at ABC.

 

When the USA College offers came in for Lee, he was left with difficult decisions to make. He finally decided on Providence College

in the Big East - a challenge he is greatly looking forward to. He flew to the USA 10 days ago and has now started his

academic programme and basketball development.

 

We wish him all the best for his future success.

 

 

 

 

2 September 2010

Magic Ticket Prices

 

The first Magic home game is in the Men's National Trophy competition, versus Leeds Carnegie, on Saturday 18 September at 7:30pm.

 

The Club has decided to maintain last season's ticket prices, which are:

 

  Adult   £5.00
  Children   £2.50
  Family (2 + 2)   £12.50

 

All Senior fixtures (Magic 1, Magic 2 and Mystics) are now on this website.

 

5 July 2010

Kypros Charalambous

 

Sadly, Kypros Charalambous, father of Haris, died on the evening of Sunday 4 July in St Ann's Hospice, Heald Green. As soon as we have any funeral details, we will put them on this website.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Polly, his wife, and Elena, his daughter, at this sad and difficult time. Kypros will be sadly missed at Magic games, and especially at the Haris Memorial International Tournaments at Christmas, where Polly and Kypros presented the trophies.

 

 

26 April 2010

 

Brian Dobson

 

The Club is deeply saddened by the loss of Brian Dobson, long-serving Assistant Coach of the Manchester Magic Division One Men's team and voluntary administrator of Greater Manchester Community Basketball.  He passed away on Sunday evening shortly after the team won the 2010 Playoff Final against the Derby Trailblazers. The team dedicated the win to Brian who had been in hospital for a little while.


The Club will greatly miss his immense hard work behind the scenes, especially the organisation of our major events, including the Senior Final Fours, the Haris International Tournament, the SureShot Boy's National Cup and Magic home games. His great experience and knowledge of basketball enabled the Club to become such a big influence on English basketball. He also undertook the task of arranging the appointment of referees for all youth National League games at the Amaechi Basketball Centre.


He will be greatly missed by all in the basketball community.


Our thoughts are with his family - his wife, Marjorie, daughter Mandy, and Garry, Josh and Abigail.


Details on funeral arrangements will be released in the future.

 

 

 

28 April 2010

Coaches Needed

In wishing to expand both Boys and Girls National League programmes next season, the Club  is seeking extra National League Coaches.   We have teams ranging from Under 13 Boys and Under 14 Girls to Senior Men and Women.

 

Anyone  wishing to get involved at any level as either a coach or assistant coach, please email Joe Forber on j.forber@amaechibasketballcentre.com or telephone 01625-527867 or 07790-686496.

 

 

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