4 July 2015

Aaron Menzies and Pharroh Gordon selected for GB U20s

Many congratulations to Magic alumni Aaron Menzies and Pharroh Gordon who have been selected to represent Great Britain Under 20 Men at the European Championships in Italy from 7th July - 19th July.


GB Under 20 Men - Division A in Italy 7th - 19th July
Schedule, Group D:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Tue 7 Jul 17:45 Turkey
Great Britain
Lignano Sabbiadoro
Wed 8 Jul 15:30 Great Britain
Slovenia Lignano Sabbiadoro
Thu 9 Jul 13:15 Germany
Great Britain Lignano Sabbiadoro
Sat 11 Jul 17:45 Great Britain
Lithuania Lignano Sabbiadoro

Depending on the outcome of the first group stage, GB will either play in Group F or Group H in the second round, before playing in classification games. Keep up to date by following the Tournament on FIBA Europe's website here


29 June 2015

North West U13 Selections

U13 Boys Regional Team
Congratulations to the Magic players selected to represent the North West, they are:
Luke Gordos, Kai Bradburn-Lewis, Greg Wild, Jason Ani, Will Marston, Ty Jordan and Saul May.
And to Gary Williams who is Assistant Coach.
The Regional Tournament is on 4th & 5th July at All Saints (Sheffield).

U13 Girls Regional Team
Congratulations to the Mystics players selected to represent the North West, they are:
Charli Wroe, Courtney Kenyon-Betts and Elizabeth Crocker.
The Regional Tournament is on 11th & 12th July at All Saints (Sheffield).


29 June 2015

Mollie Campbell selected for GB U20s

Many congratulations to Mystics alumni Mollie Campbell who has been selected to represent Great Britain Under 20 Women at the European Championships in Montenegro from 2nd July - 12th July.


GB Under 20 Women - Division B in Montenegro 2nd - 12th July

Date Time (BST)
Score Away Venue
Thu 2 Jul
Great Britain
Fri 3 Jul
Great Britain
Austria Podgorica
Sat 4 Jul
Great Britain Podgorica
Mon 6 Jul
Great Britain
Montenegro Podgorica
Tue 7 Jul
Great Britain Podgorica
Wed 8 Jul
Great Britain
Bulgeria Podgorica
Fri 10 Jul
Great Britain Podgorica
Sat 11 Jul
Great Britain
Bosnia and Herzegovina Podgorica
Sun 12 Jul
Great Britain Podgorica

Teams play a round-robin format and the top 3 teams after the last set of games will be promoted to Division A. Keep up to date by following the Tournament on FIBA Europe's website here


25 June 2015

Michael Anumba invited to Italy's U16 Training Camp


Many congratulations to Micheal Anumba who has been invited to attend Italy's U16 National Team's training camp.


17 June 2015

Important Meeting for National League Team Managers


There will be an important meeting for National League Team Managers next Wednesday evening, 24 June, at 6:30pm in the Upstairs Board Room to discuss ways of taking the Club forward.

All ideas welcome.



17 June 2015

Jessica Eadsforth-Yates, Harriet Swindells and Kaiyem Cleary - England U16 Success


Many congratulations to Jessica Eadsforth-Yates, Harriet Swindells and Kaiyem Cleary who have been selected to represent England U16.


Both of England’s U16 teams are set to compete against Sweden at Oaklands College with games starting on the evening of the Friday 19th.



15 June 2015

Freya Kelshaw and Recardo Eaton-Barnes - England U17 Success


Many congratulations to Freya Kelshaw and Recardo Eaton-Barnes who have been selected to represent England Under 17 Girls and Boys respectively in Dunfermline in Scotland on 20th/21st June. England will play games against Scotland and Sweden.


Ashana Hinds, Khia Lee and Jaxon Wroe - England U15 Success


Many congratulations to Ashana Hinds, Khia Lee and Jaxon Wroe who have been selected to represent England U15 Development Squads, who will all fly out to Copenhagen on the 18th June to compete in a tournament against teams from Sweden, Belgium and Germany.



10 June 2015

Manchester Magic NBL Division 1 Basketball Trials


Manchester Magic had an outstanding season in 2014-15, winning the National Cup and Trophy and reaching the final game of the National Championships.


We are holding trials for next season on Saturday 27 June at the Amaechi Basketball Centre (M16 8GW), from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.


All-comers are welcome to try out and there is no charge for the trial.  The Magic also have a team in Division 4 of the NBL Leagues for those players who may not quite be Division 1 standard.


Just turn up on the day.  If you need more information, contact Joe Forber on 07790-686496 or email: j.forber@btinternet.com


Salford University Scholarships available


We have 2 remaining Scholarships to fill for September 2015.  If any of our trialists wish to combine a University Undergraduate/Postgraduate course with playing for the Magic, there is the opportunity to do so.


Scholarship 1  £6.75K for each of 3 years.
Scholarship 2  £6.75K for each of 3 years.


18 May 2015

Hoopsfix All-Star Classic 2015


Hoopsfix All-Star Classic 2015


Manchester Magic trio Joe Swindells, Hamad Ali (both Under 19) and Kaiyem Cleary (Under 17) have answered the call of their country and will take part in a one-day showcase of British basketball designed to inspire and assist a new generation of players.

Building upon its inaugural year in 2014, the Hoopsfix All Star Classic, is a showcase of the top British junior basketball talent in the country, featuring an Under 19 and Under 17 game.

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

Swindells, Ali and Cleary will join the rest of Britain’s best ballers on the court at Brixton Recreation Centre in South London, on Saturday, May 23, to celebrate the talent that exists in the county and give something back to the sport that means so much to so many.

Manchester are thrilled that Swindells, Ali and Cleary have been invited to take part in such an important event and hope the club’s fans will support them there too.

“It's an honour to be named as one of the top under-19 players in the country," said 6'3" guard, Swindells. "I'm looking forward to competing against the best players in my age group."

Ali added: "It's a great feeling to be in the All-Star Classic; playing with the best 96/97 born in the country is an honour."

A community coaching session will take place in conjunction with the event, which will see youth players London 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: “We’re really excited to be back for our second year, and in what better place than Brixton Rec, the unofficial home of British basketball.

“We’ve gathered some of the top elite talent in the country to put on a show and have no doubt they will, it should be an awesome day."

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 Molten, 2tall.com, Sportserve Ltd, BasketballDirect.com, Bigfoot Basketball, Reach & Teach, 5or6, Always Ballin’, Let Me Play, CocoPro and Wilkie TV.

To be automatically entered into competition to win a Molten basketball and more, talk about the event on Twitter, Facebook (make your status update public) and Instagram, using the hashtag #HASC15. More details available at hoopsfixallstarclassic.com.


13 May 2015

University of Salford - Great Success Story


University of Salford


Three years ago, the University Men’s Basketball Team was languishing in the lower depths of the BUCS Leagues.  A partnership was formed with the Magic in the hope/expectation that we could move the team on to bigger and better things.  Salford were very keen to do this and a Scholarship system was set up which enabled us to bring in better players who could represent the University and double up by playing for the Magic.


Three years later, and we have made the BUCS Premier, so it has been a real success story. The support of the people at the University has been central to this and we thank them very much for all they have done.

We hope that the Partnership will endure and that we can move the programme to even greater heights.  Coupled with the great success of the Senior Men’s Magic team this past season, it has been a great year all round and we look forward with great anticipation to 2015/16. 


4 May 2015

Magic & Mystics Win U16 National Titles to Cap Stellar Season


Manchester Magic U16 National Champions 2015


Manchester Mystics U16 National Champions 2015


Manchester basketball has more reasons to be cheerful, as the Amaechi Basketball Centre celebrated winning its sixth and seventh trophies of a magnificent season over the weekend.


Manchester Magic’s under-16 boys and Manchester Mystics’ under-16 girls both won their respective national titles at Basketball England’s Junior Final Fours event in Sheffield.


The wins added to earlier national championships for the under-13 and under-15 boys, the under-18 men’s National Cup and the senior men’s Cup and Trophy, marking the third time the club has won seven pieces of silverware in a single season since 2000.


Mystics’ triumph was built on a strong defensive performance in the final, which they won 54-40 over Peckham Pride. Jessica Eadsforth-Yates was named MVP for her 18 points, while Katie Crow did an excellent job in the paint, collecting 15 rebounds and keeping Pride’s inside scoring to a minimum.


Mystics under-16s coach Dave Atkinson commented: “To keep a team to 40 points in a national final is pretty impressive. We’ve been good all year in our league play. It’s not the best standard but we’ve kept teams to 28 points and that’s the difference in the playoffs.


“We average 98 points in league play but we’ve only averaged around 45 to 50 in playoffs. Defence has been what we’ve had to really put our minds to and we’ve done a really good job of it.


“It’s a team effort and we really committed to the cause. Every one of them committed to our principles and it’s paid off with a national title at the end of it. We all contributed to our blue banner at the Amaechi Centre.”


For Magic’s under-16s, Kaiyem Cleary and Michael Anumba stepped up to guide the team to their fifth successive national title – a record at that age group. Magic defeated Newham Youngbloods Dynamos 77-68 in the final, with Cleary scoring a game-high 26 points for MVP honours, supported by 19 points from Anumba.


Magic under-16s coach Aurimas Verbukas said: “We played a very mature game and all the players stuck together. I’m really proud of my guys.


“Manchester is very committed. We don’t have a problem with kids missing practice. They always work hard. There’s a lot of parent support and I am thankful for that.


“Joe and Maggie Forber and Graham Williams always support us and that support from outside the court helps a lot to actually achieve something. It makes a big difference.”


The club has now won 72 national trophies since 2000, making it the most successful organisation in the country. None of that success would be possible without the support of an army of committed volunteers and the hard work throughout the year of the club’s staff, coaches and players.


The latest triumphs are a fitting tribute to one such player and volunteer, Juma Ngqobongwana, who sadly passed away in his sleep on Friday evening. Juma was a much-loved member of the Manchester basketball community and he will be deeply missed by all.

Report by Graeme Roberts


4 May 2015

Juma Ngqobongwana


Juma Ngqobongwana RIP


It is with profound sadness that we learn of the passing of Juma Ngqobongwana, who died in his sleep on Friday. Juma was an active player in our Community Leagues (pictured above, centre, playing for OT Bulls, who were runners-up this past winter season) and he was a highly valued contributor off the court, which included writing Magic game reports. Juma was a much-loved member of the Manchester basketball community and he will be deeply missed by many.


Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.


28 April 2015

Club Fundraiser Resounding Success


Club Fundraiser BBQ


The Club held a fundraiser event at Hinds Head Pub in Stockport on Saturday, to help raise funds for the Manchester Magic and Mystics Teams.

There was a Bouncy castle, 3v3 basketball run by Magic's superstar Ellis Cooper, a barbecue
and a raffle.


Thanks to everyone who came along and supported the event, we hope you all had as much fun as we did. It was so successful we are thinking we'll have to do something like this again sometime in the not to distant future. It was absolutely fantastic seeing so many people from the Club gathered together, just a shame the weather let us down a bit, but thankfully it didn't ruin the day.


Many thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who helped to organise and run the event and to the many people who donated prizes for the raffle, a special mention to Darren Bradburn, Douglas Craig-Kelshaw, Simon Eadsforth-Yates, Danielle Kelshaw, Kelly Eadsforth-Yates and Gary Williams who, between them, put in a great deal of effort making this event happen. Together you helped raise an incredible amount of money to help support the talented kids we have at our Club.


Ellis Cooper running the 3on3 at the Club Fundraiser


28 April 2015

Magic Under 15's Spanish Tour


Magic U15 on Tour in Spain 2015


Coach Ollie Verbukas and Coach Dave Williams took the U15 National Champions to Granada in Spain last weekend. 


The U15s played 4 friendly games against local teams from Granada. The first game played was against a local U15 team that we managed to win by a big margin, 52 - 27.


The second game was against the vice-regional champions U16 team that Magic lost, 63 - 39.


The third game was against the regional champions and Magic lost the game despite good effort from all the kids. 


The fourth and final game was played outside and was good end of our enjoyable trip. 


The team spent their last hour on the beach where the kids enjoyed great Spanish weather and lovely food.


Coach Ollie Verbukas and Coach Dave Williams would like to thank all the parents and the club for great support on organising this trip, the U15s had a great experience.


Magic U15 on tour in Spain 2015 outdoor game


22 April 2015

Magic’s Cooper wins Division One Player of the year!


Ellis Cooper NBL Divsion 1 MVP 2014-15Manchester Magic power house Ellis Cooper has scooped his third individual award of the 2014-15 season as he was awarded NBL Division One Player of the Year on Tuesday.


Cooper, who has now added to his National Cup and National trophy MVP awards, averaged a double double of 18 points and 11 rebounds and lead Manchester Magic to third in the league.


He was also instrumental in the Magic’s Play-off Quarter Final game against Team Northumbria where he erupted for 38 points and 13 rebounds.

Cooper’s announcement came alongside the rest of the NBL‘s player of the year awards where many of this past weekend’s playoff finalists had players picking up individual honours. The player of the year is voted for by the coaches in the respective leagues. 








13 April 2015

Magic U13s and U15s National Champions 2015


U13 Boys Final 2015: Manchester Magic Edge Thriller with London Feltham Warriors

Manchester Magic 99-97 London Feltham Warriors


Manchester Magic U13 Boys National Champions 2015


A hugely exciting U13 Boys final was settled by just two points, with Manchester Magic holding off an awesome charge from London Feltham Warriors to win their first title since 2011.


Magic centre Josh Grant struck the winning free throws and made some vital defensive plays in the dying moments as the Warriors came up just short following a superb comeback.


Manchester had opened up a 30-19 lead after the first quarter, with Grant and team mate Will Marston, who hit a flurry of bank shots, responsible for the majority of the scoring.


The game looked to be heading into a one-sided affair, much like Manchester’s 102-70 semi-final win over Worthing Thunder, a game which had seen Marston erupt for 38 points.


However, London Feltham’s fighting spirit emerged as the game went on, just as it had in overtime of their semi-final against Ipswich.


In that game, the Warriors had squandered a 17-point half-time lead for Ipswich to draw level at the end of regulation, but ten unanswered points to start extra period settled the affair in London Feltham’s favour.


In the final, it was Daniel Akinjisola who lit up the EIS in Sheffield, relentlessly attacking the basket for 20 points in the third quarter, helping to turn a seven-point half-time deficit into an 83-80 advantage after three quarters.


Akinjisola was backed up admirably by David Chive and Kamari Bailey, with the trio eventually combining for 91 of their team’s 97 points, but both Chive and Akinjisola found themselves in foul trouble towards the end of the fourth quarter.


Manchester capitalised, with a Saul May bucket sparking an 8-0 run that put Magic up 90-85 midway through the final stanza, but Chive and Akinjisola each replied to trim the deficit to one. The teams then traded a number of missed shots before Akinjisola calmly sank two free throws to reclaim the lead for the Warriors.


Crucially, both Chive and Akinjisola fouled out either side of a Marston basket that put Manchester 97-95 ahead, and despite the best efforts of Bailey to complete a remarkable turnaround, Magic held on thanks to Grant’s late heroics.  


Consolation for London Feltham came in the form of Akinjisola’s richly deserved MVP award, which he picked up for his phenomenal display of 45 points and 22 rebounds. Chive added 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists, while Bailey had 19 points and 21 rebounds.


For Manchester, Grant also had a highly impressive double-double of 32 points and 23 rebounds, plus six steals, while Marston scored 30 points and May claimed 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.


Magic coach Gary Williams commented: “Our opponents made it very tough and they worked us both offensively and defensively. Every time we broke away, they pulled it back again. It’s the hardest game we’ve had all year and we had to fight right to the death.


“Will Marston and Josh Grant were outstanding, and although when it came to the final only seven guys played, everyone has contributed throughout the season. The boys have worked really hard all year and it paid off on the floor in the final.


“It’s my first year as a head coach at Manchester, but I’ve managed to put my philosophy and my way of doing things to the kids. It’s the first time the under-13s at Manchester have won in four years, so it’s a great achievement for them all.”


U15 Boys Final 2015: Manchester Magic Double Up with Gritty Win over Brentwood Fire

Manchester Magic 78-75 Brentwood Fire


Manchester Magic U15 Boys National Champions 2015


Manchester Magic added to their U13 Boys crown by winning the U15 title, but they were pushed all the way by a Brentwood Fire team that showed outstanding heart and hustle.


An accomplished 30-point game from MVP Michael Anumba laid the foundations for Manchester’s victory, with Magic coach Sam Gray describing his young talisman as one of the most talented players in the country at under-15 level. 


Gray said: “Michael Anumba is a talented lad. He played 20 minutes in the under-18s Cup final, so that shows he’s got a lot of potential. Defensively he’s fantastic on the ball, offensively he’s just big, strong and can find his way to the basket.


“I was really pleased with how he took over game more than anything. I think that’s a big thing at under-15s to be able to do that.”


Anumba had to step up to match the efforts of Brentwood Fire’s own star, Daniel Ogoro, who finished the game with a blockbuster stat-line of 25 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals.


Ogoro had 13 points in the first quarter, as the Fire fought back from an 8-0 opening run by Manchester to cut the deficit to a single point.


Brentwood’s Timothy Adetuskasi scored 11 points of his own in the second period, crashing the offensive glass for several put-backs and helping his team to a 42-39 half-time lead.


It was in the third quarter when Anumba truly began to step up, electing to attack the basket rather than settle for shots from distance. Brentwood took a contrasting approach, with Ogoro and Sam Rowell hitting threes to keep the game tight.


Magic led by one point going into the last ten minutes, but an early Theo Hughes basket soon had the scores level at 61-61. Magic’s Jaxon Wroe then connected from deep and finished a nice drive to restore a five-point lead.


Ogoro and Ross Luckmann struck back for the Fire, but an Alex Roberts score from an Anumba steal and assist had Manchester up seven with less than three minutes to play.


Ogoro drilled a long three, but Anumba responded in kind, having his only success from downtown when it mattered most.


Brentwood were not done, as a Rowell three followed by a smart out-of-bounds play for Hughes in the corner made it a two-point game with less than six seconds to play.


Brentwood quickly fouled Anumba, who made one of his two free throws, giving Fire the chance to tie and send the game into overtime.


A time-out advanced the ball to half court, but with just 1.4 seconds on the clock, Ogoro was unable to get a good look and his three-point effort fell agonisingly short.


Magic’s 78-75 win gave the club their fourth U15 title in the last decade, but it was their first triumph since 2011. Anumba’s big game was backed up by 13 points and eight rebounds from Roberts, while Israel Shitta had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.


For Brentwood, Ogoro was supported by 17 points, eight rebounds and 5 steals from Rowell, while Adetuskasi finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Hughes scored 15 points.


Gray commented further: “I thought Brentwood came out wanting it more than us, which I was disappointed about. I thought they out-hustled us and out-worked us for the first half and generally wanted it more.


“When we started to settle into the game, we should have really pushed on a little bit more, but they kept it scrappy and made some big shots. Eventually we pulled away with the win, but I thought Brentwood were fantastic.


“I’m really pleased for our guys – they’ve worked hard and they’ve stayed together. It’s been difficult selecting players and getting players on the court, but their attitude has been second to none.”


Image credits: Mansoor Ahmed


8 April 2015

U18 Magic in Cherbourg Tournament


Magic Attend Cherbourg Tournament 2015

The Manchester Magic U18 team went over to France to play in the Cherbourg Tournament over the Easter weekend, here's how they got on:
9:25pm Manchester U18 55 - 41 Luxembourg
9:30am Manchester U18 65 - 47 Réunion
5:30pm Manchester U18 67 - 70 Anjou BC
Semi-Final 9:30am Manchester U18 61 - 48 England U17
Final 7:45pm Manchester U18 85 - 86 Paris

Magic finished 2nd overall, England U17 finished 3rd.

Raheem Idris, Recardo Eaton-Barnes and Ayo Nuwe were selected in All-Star 5 and Coach Ollie Aurimas Verbukas was selected as coach of the Tournament congratulations to them all.

Raheem Idris, Recardo Eaton-Barnes and Ayo Nuwe All-Star 5 and Aurimas Verbukas Coach of the Tournament


Kaiyem Cleary with England U16


England U16 Boys Easter 2015

The England U16 team, that included Magic's Kaiyem Cleary, attended a Tournament in Slovakia over the weekend, here's how they and Kaiyem got on:
England U16 69 - 76 Slovakia
Magic's Kaiyem Cleary started, played 10 minutes, 2 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks
England U16 72 - 78 Poland
Kaiyem started on the bench, played 26 minutes, 12 points, 8 rebounds and 1 block.
England U16 52 - 108 Spain
Kaiyem started, played 20 minutes, 7 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists.



25 March 2015 (updated 30 March 2015)

University of Salford BUCS Men's Basketball Trophy Winners 2015

University of Salford BUCS Men's Basetball Trophy Winners 2015


Congratulations to the University of Salford who beat UWE (Bristol) 83-59 to win the BUCS Men's Basketball Trophy on Tuesday evening at Loughborough University. The University of Salford team includes a number of the Magic NBL Division 1 side; Ellis Cooper, Ryan Lohfink, Franc Garcia Garrido, Tom Regan and Kayin Darbey, and Magic's Assistant Coach Toloe Bagheri.


This is the first time any University of Salford team has won a BUCS (British University College Sport) Trophy final. It truly has been an amazing year with the team already winning the BUCS Northern 1A league and qualifying for play-offs against University of Edinburgh, University of Derby and Sheffield Hallam that will take place in April.


The first play-off game will take place against Edinburgh on 22nd April (time to be confirmed).


All support for this game will be very welcome!


The University of Salford Men's Basketball Team were also awarded the University of Salford's Group of the Year Award. The Students' Union Annual Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 26th March at the Palace Hotel in Manchester. It was a fantastic evening that celebrated the very best of the University of Salford Students' Union sports clubs and activities groups.


Students nominated their peers for 9 different categories, with the winners and nominees revealed last night in a glitzy, black tie event at Palace Hotel, Manchester.


Full list of winners can be found here


25 March 2015

North West Coaches Announced

Congratulations to Magic Coaches Aurimas (Ollie) Verbukas and Gary Williams on their selection as coaches for the North West Boys Regional Teams and to Mystics Coach Natalie Feurtado and Mystics player Rachel Clayden on their selection as coaches for the North West Girls Regional Teams.

Ollie Verbukas has been selected as Head Coach of the North West Under 15s
Gary Williams has been selected as Assistant Coach of the North West Under 13s

Natalie Feurtado and Rachel Clayden have been selected as Assistant Coaches of the North West Under 17s


25 March 2015

Mystics Juniors claim clean sweep of number 1 seeds in the Country

Mystics U14, U16 and U18 Team photo 2015


Congratulations to the Mystics Juniors who completed the clean sweep of the number 1 seeds in the Country going into the play-offs. Mystics U14s 18-0, Mystics U16 16-0 and Mystics U18 16-0 all North Champions! They have a combined League record this season of 50-0!


19 March 2015

US College update


The US college system has entered what is called March Madness, where conference champions are crowned and places are secured to post season Tournaments such as the NCAA Tournament. Here we focus on our former junior players currently playing their trade in the US and Canadian College Systems, let's see how everyone got on.

Seattle University - Jack Crook (Junior) and Aaron Menzies (Red-shirt Freshman) NCAA D1


Seattle U made it through to the WAC (Western Athletic Conference) Tournament Final on Saturday night, a win would have secured a place at the NCAA Tournament (for their first time since the 60s), however it wasn't to be they came up against a New Mexico State team who came out the victors 80 - 61.


Seattle U's kept their season going in College Basketball Invitational Tournament, where they beat  Pepperdine 62 - 45 on last Wednesday night in the opening round.
They played Colorado on Monday night in the Quarter Finals, they won, 72 - 65 and secured a place in the Semi-Finals against Loyola Chicago on Wednesday 25th March at 8pm ET.


Follow the Tournament here Record: 17-15.

Jack Crook's season: 33 games, 32 starts, 24.9 minutes per game 6.7 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, 1.6 assists per game.

Aaron Menzies' red-shirting - meaning he did not play this season.

William Jewell College - Patrick Whelan (Freshman) NCAA D2


William Jewell lost in the first round of the GLVC (Great Lakes Valley Conference) Tournament against University of Missouri-Saint Louis 68 - 80. This lost was their final game of the season. Record: 13-14.

Patrick Whelan's season: 27 games, 23 starts, 27.1 minutes per game, 8.1 points per game, 2.3 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists per game.

State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota - Kingsley Nwagboso (Freshman) NJCAA


SCF Manatees lost in the first round of the Suncoast Conference Tournament to Hillsborough Community College 78 - 66. Record: 9-22.

Kingsley Nwagboso's season: 22 games, 7 starts, 18.1 minutes per game, 5.4 points per game, 8.9 rebounds per game, 0.5 assists per game, 1.2 blocks per game.

College of Saint Rose - Pharroh Gordon (Red-shirt Freshman) NCAA D2


College of Saint Rose lost in the first round of the  NE-10 Tournament to Saint Michael's 65 - 68. Record: 9-19.

Pharroh Gordon's red-shirting means he didn't play after his first four games. 4 games, 0 starts, 6.5 minutes per game, 0.0 points per game, 0.0 rebounds per game, 0.8 assists per game.

Mid-America Nazarene University - Jordan Whelan (Junior) NAIA


MNU lost in the Quarter Finals of the HAAC Tournament to Missouri Valley College 62 - 65. Record: 11-17.

Jordan Whelan's season: 28 games, 1 start, 12.2 minutes per game, 9.4 points per game, 2.4 rebounds per game, 1.0 assists per game.

John Brown University - Samson Olayemi (Senior) NAIA

John Brown lost in the Quarter Finals of the SAC (Sooner Athletic Conference) Tournament to Wayland Baptist (Texas) 80 - 61. Record: 16-15.

Samson Olayemi's season: 31 games, 31 starts, 26.6 minutes per game, 5.0 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, 5.2 assists per game.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff University - Mollie Campbell (Sophomore) NCAA D1


Arkansas-Pine Bluff missed out on post season play in the SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) Tournament. Record: 7-22.

Mollie Campbell's season: 29 games, 19 starts, 17.2 minutes per game, 3.1 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, 0.6 assists per game, 0.5 blocks per game.

University of Massachusetts - Leah McDerment (Freshman) NCAA D1


UMass won their first round game of the A10 (Atlantic-10 Conference) Tournament over St. Bonaventure 49 - 55, but lost in the second round to Richmond 67 - 63. Record:12-18.

Leah McDerment's season: 30 games, 29 starts, 23.4 minutes per game, 3.0 points per game, 2.1 assists per game, 1.5 rebounds per game.

Florida Tech University - Rosie Hynes (Senior) NCAA D2


Florida Tech lost in the Quarter Finals of the SSC (Sunshine State Conference) Tournament to Tampa 69 - 52. Record: 20-7.

Rosie Hynes' season: 27 games, 18 starts, 23.1 minutes per game, 4.8 points per game, 2.4 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game.

Virginia Wesleyon College - Kerri-Leanne Taylor (Senior) NCAA D3


VWC won the ODAC (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) Tournament, beating Lynchburg 59 - 57 in the Final, They advanced to the NCAA Division 3 Tournament, losing in the first round to New York University 50 - 51. Record: 19-10.

Kerri-Leanne Taylor's season: 29 games, 26 starts, 22.4 minutes per game. 4.9 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game, 1.3 assists per game.

University of Calgary - Kristie Velasquez-Sheils (Year 4) Canada


The University of Calgary, lost the best of three game series in the first round of the Canada West play-offs to Victoria 0 - 2. Losing the first game 73 - 97 and the second game 78 - 80. Record: 16-23.

Kristie Velasquez-Sheils' season: 22 games, 21 starts, 24.4 minutes per game, 8.3 points per game, 1.5 rebounds per game, 2.1 assists per game.


1 March 2015

Under 13 Magic win Ireland Tournament!


Manchester Magic U13s Win Ireland Tournament

The Manchester Magic U13s were invited to take part in a Tournament in Ireland hosted by our friends at Sligo All Stars, who's under 18s have played in the Haris Tournament the past two years. The Magic U13s flew out on Friday 27th February arriving around dinner time. The lads practised at 3pm before their warm up game against Sligo All Stars U14s. The Magic were billed as the BIG team coming over for the tournament and were favourites to win it! 


The Squad:
5 Luke Gordos
6 Saul May
7 Noah Togo
8 Greg Wild
9 Will Marston
10 Alex Liston
12 Kai Bradburn Lewis
13 Ty Jordan
14 Noah Tchifounga
15 Josh Grant

Head Coach Gary Williams
Assistant Coach Nathan Hardacre



Manchester Magic, Sligo All Stars A, Sligo All Stars B, Star of the Sea Belfast, Titans from Galway and Ballyshannon 88ers


Tournament Results

Friday 27th

Warm Up Game 5.30pm Magic 61 - 31 Sligo All Stars U14

7pm Magic 78 - 24 Sligo All Stars A


Saturday 28th

9am Sligo All Stars B 16 - 60 Magic

12pm Ballyshannon 17 - 69 Magic

5pm Magic 76 - 32 Titans


Sunday 1st March

9am Magic 63 - 70 Star of the Sea

3pm Final Magic 54 - 45 Star of the Sea


Magic's Josh Grant was named Finals MVP, while CJ Fulton of Belfast Star (Star of the Sea) was the tournaments MVP


Coach Gary Williams was delighted with his team's performance during the tournament:


"The boys started the tournament really well playing majestic looking basketball! They showed real class across all 3 days. We were tested against Belfast Star in the last group game and lost by 7. But going into the Final, we were simply much more prepared than Belfast. We outclassed them and simply played the Manchester way. It was simply a great performance and the boys gelled as a family! Very proud of the boys and not forgetting the fantastic parent support.


"I would also like to say a massive thank you to Sligo All Stars Basketball for their fantastic hospitality this weekend, taking us from the hotel to the venue and back, providing food and looking after us all. Massive thanks to all the teams for providing great games for us and preparing us for the play-offs in 3 weeks!"



Magic U13s Announced Arrival at Airport

Magic U13s arrival announced on the tannoy at Knock Airport, we're famous in Ireland apparently!


Magic U13s outside the hotel

Magic U13s outside the hotel


Magic U13s at Sligo Tournament in Ireland 27th February - 1st March 2015

Magic U13's Tournament team photo, taken prior to the first game


See more behind the scenes photos on the Facebook event page here


Photos from the games at Tournament can be found here (courtesy of Jordan Cummins Photography)


24 February 2015

Mystics U16s friendly against Loughborough Student Riders 2


Mystics U16s vs Loughborough Student Riders 2


A couple of weeks ago, the Manchester Mystics Under 16s had a fixture free weekend. So they decided to look for a friendly against tougher opposition to help prepare them for the play-offs. Loughborough Student Riders 2 offered to host the team before the Leicester Riders BBL side played on the show court in Loughborough on Saturday 14th February. The hosts gave the Mystics a Riders t-shirt each as you can see them wearing in the picture above of the Mystics and Loughborough teams together.


Mystics U16s Team Huddle


The Loughborough Student Riders 2 play in the NBL Women Leagues (formerly called EBL Division 2), and are top of the North division with a 9 - 2 record, so they were the perfect opposition for the Mystics to test themselves against. In what was a really good game, the Riders came out on top 58 - 49. The coaching staff are pleased with progress of the girls are making, and would like to thank Leicester Riders for hosing the team.


Mystics U16s 1 Mystics U16s 2


Mystics U16s 3 Mystics U16s 4

(Photos of courtesy of Leicester Riders)


16 February 2015

Under 18 Men's SureShot National Cup Champions 2015: Manchester Magic



Manchester Magic added the U18 Men’s Sureshot National Cup to go with the senior title the club earned three weeks earlier, grinding out a 73-67 win over a spirited London Greenhouse Pioneers.

In a competition that dates back to 1938, Manchester has been the dominant force in recent years, with five wins in as many final appearances since 2006. Magic have only lost one final while playing on their home court, but such fearsome history did not seem to intimidate a Pioneers side making their final debut.

Manchester took the better of the early exchanges, with Reco Eaton-Barnes applying intense defensive pressure for multiple steals and setting up Hamad Ali to give Magic a 17-7 edge midway through the first quarter. Pioneers pulled back thanks to some impressive play from Vaughn Brown and Ola Ayodele, with the latter throwing down a dunk to put his team up 22-21.

The second quarter saw several smart plays by Raheem Idris give Manchester a six-point cushion, but London’s Charles Yassi-Pepin hammered home two vicious dunks and Pablo Otero nailed back-to-back threes to give the Pioneers a 40-39 half-time lead.

Pioneers lit up the third period with an incredible 15-3 burst, spearheaded by more assertive play from Ayodele and the sharp shooting of Kwame Boatley. Magic’s offence rediscovered some vitality, with a corner three from Ayo Nuwe and two free throws from Ali helping to bring their side back within five points.

Consecutive buckets from Manchester captain Joe Swindells early in the fourth turned a deficit into a lead, as a combination of strong Magic defence and poor Pioneers’ shooting kept London scoreless for the first five minutes of the final stanza.

A big three from Oladotun Dosunmu brought the Pioneers back within one, but Magic’s experience proved vital down the stretch. Nuwe produced a couple of athletic blocks to deny Yassi-Pepin, while Swindells and Ali hit their pressure free throws to complete a 73-67 victory.

Hamad Ali was named MVP for his game-high 24 points to go with 12 rebounds and seven steals. He commented: “I played my normal game. I just tried to do what I do best, ignore the crowd and focus on the game. The team worked hard and we gave it everything. We fought to the end and that’s we why won.”

Magic coach Aurimas Verbukas added: “Hamad is a great kid and he deserved to win the MVP, not just because of his performance in getting the most points, but because he’s a very hard-working kid. It was a great performance that’s been building up from the beginning of the season when I started coaching him.

“Pioneers are a good team, a very well coached team, and I think Alan Keane is one of the best coaches in the country. But for my assistant coach Greg Mpofu and I, the key thing for us was the team spirit at the end of the game and never giving up.

“It helps a lot that several of our players are involved from a young age with the seniors in Division One. It enables them to mature earlier, so I appreciate the work that Paul Middleton does to help our under-18 team because he has been doing a great job.”

Game stats here


25 November 2014

Joe and Maggie help select this year's BBC SPOTY Unsung Hero Award


Joe and Maggie Forber at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2013, winning the Unsung Hero Award.


Joe and Maggie Forber, last year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Heroes, spent today at BBC Sport studios as part of the prestigious panel that included Jo Pavey and David Moorcroft tasked with choosing this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award.

Joe and Maggie won the Unsung Hero award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013 for their work promoting basketball in Manchester.

Joe has coached for more than three decades and has worked with thousands of youngsters, including John Amaechi, who went on to play in the NBA.

Wife Maggie has worked as an administrator and official for Greater Manchester Community Basketball, the club they helped to set up in 1997.


The film shown on the night can be found here:


10 October 2014

Manchester Mystics Sign Two American Stars


Shantrell MossManchester Mystics have recruited a pair of top quality American imports in a bid to compete with the very best in the newly-named WBBL.


Electric guard Shantrell Moss (pictured left) returns from a successful spell last season and is joined by lengthy forward Briana McKellery (pictured below), a graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.


Moss, who has played professionally in Ecuador, Iceland, Australia and Switzerland before landing in Britain, takes on an additional role with the Amaechi Centre club this year, as coach of Manchester University men’s basketball team.


Mystics coach Rob Fairley believes the role is perfect for both parties: “Knowing how Shantrell is in the floor and that she’s done a lot of work with the GB wheelchair team, it was an opportunity that we couldn’t turn down.


“From the playing point of view, it goes without saying that you’d have a spot for somebody who shoots the ball and defends so well. She is extremely athletic and a more experienced player.”


Moss is one of a number of returnees for Mystics, including Emma Macready, Natalie Feurtado and NicolaBriana McKellery Welling, who fans knew as Blakeway before she got married during the off-season.


Replacing the departing Amy Browne is a 22-year-old small forward McKellery, who brings an impressive range of qualities to Manchester.


McKellery said: “I like to play defence. I rebound and I’m long, so I’m very good at blocking and getting steals. I also run the floor and I can shoot the short jumper.


“I’ve met the girls and they’re great. I love them and I’m excited to play with them.”


Coach Fairley believes he now has a blend of experience and youth that will be the foundation for sustained success in the WBBL.


Fairley commented: “The goal for this year is to build a solid team of players that are going to be around for a long time.

“An average practice for us will see around six to seven under-18s on the floor. I think we have the right mix of older players that can nurture the younger girls.


“In terms of wins and losses this year I don’t really want to make a prediction, but what I can say is we have a solid team that will be together for many years.”


Manchester Mystics begin their WBBL campaign on Sunday afternoon when they face Sevenoaks Suns at the league’s launch weekend in Loughborough.


Report by Graeme Roberts


8 October 2014

Manchester Mystics Add European Flavour to WBBL Squad


Isabel Bueriberi, Zita Nalatche and Ailish McLaughlin


Manchester Mystics have added a trio of European talents to their squad ahead of the inaugural WBBL season, which begins this Sunday with a game against Sevenoaks Suns at the league’s launch weekend in Loughborough.


Promising youngsters Isabel Bueriberi and Zita Nalatche arrive at the Amaechi Centre-based club from Spain, joined by Irish post player Ailish McLaughlin. (pictured left to right respectively)


Bueriberi, a small forward from Madrid, is expected to make an immediate impact, while Nalatche, a point guard from Almeria, may have to be patient for opportunities behind home-grown returnees Jade Lucas and Jamie Curtis. 


Coach Rob Fairley said: “We were lucky enough that Zita turned up to one of our community sessions in Manchester with her cousin Helena, who will also be featuring for the seniors, despite being only 15 years old.


“With Zita we thought there was definite potential there, but Isabel really caught our attention as a young girl looking to go to university.


“Isabel’s a good rebounder, she’s athletic, can handle the ball and passes well – at only 19 years old we think she could really be somebody for the future.”


Dublin native McLaughlin joins the Mystics while studying at for a postgraduate degree at Liverpool John Moores University.


The 24-year-old, an undersized big, is relishing the prospect of making an impact for the Mystics with her tenacity and toughness.


McLaughlin said: “I wanted to play while I was in the UK and Manchester seemed like a good fit. I work very hard, I’m strong and aggressive, and I’m always looking to improve.


“I’m looking forward to playing with the team; they seem like a really good bunch of girls who will be fun to play with.


“Rob seems committed and has really great ideas, so there’s no reason why the team can’t do really well.”

Fairley added: “I think Ailish will be massive for us as a rebounder and as a defender. We’ve been really impressed with what we’ve seen so far.”


Fans can get their first glimpse of the new-look Manchester Mystics tonight, as they host Bury Blue Devils in the opening round of the National Cup from 8.15pm at Amaechi Basketball Centre.


Report by Graeme Roberts


3 October 2014 (updated)

North West and England Honours for Magic and Mystics Juniors


Congratulations to all the Magic and Mystics players who were selected to represent the North West at the Under 15 & Under 17 Regional Development Tournaments and England selections.

U17 Boys

Magic players who were selected for the North West U17 boys squad:
Hamad Ali, Recardo Eaton-Barnes, Raheem Idris, Kayo Redford and Daniel Walters

England U18 and U17 Initial Squads announced


North West won the tournament

Magic players selected for Initial England U18 and U17 squads from the Tournament:

U18 Men Raheem Idris and Ayo Nuwe
U17 Men New Horizons Recardo Eaton-Barnes and Kayo Redford


U17 Girls

Mystics players who were selected for the North West girls squad: 
Gina Brierley, Keani Potter-JonesFreya Kelshaw, Keira Watkins-Wild and Blayze Branford

Mystics players selected for Initial England U18 and U17 squads from the Tournament:
U18 Women Gina Brierley and Keani Potter-Jones
U17 Women New Horizons Freya Kelshaw and Keira Watkins-Wild

U15 Girls


Mystics players selected to represent the North West girls squad: Jess Eadsforth Yates, Harriet Swindells,Ciara Dronfield, Vanessa Mckenzie, Fiona Connerly, Georgia Seddon, Niamh Kelshaw, Sharise Smith and Katie Crow 

3 Manchester coaches were also involved


North West won the tournament


Mystics players selected for Initial England U16 and U15 squads from the Tournament:

U16 Women Harriet Swindells & Jessica Eadsforth-Yates
U15 Women Development Squad Ashana Hinds, Niamh Kelshaw & Khia Lee

U15 Boys


Magic players who were selected for the North West boys squad:
Alex Roberts, Ashur Ulett - Waul and Kaiyem Cleary

Manchester Magic U18/U16 Coach Aurimas 'Ollie' Verbukas will be assistant coach for London Region


North West finished second


Magic players selected for Initial England U16 and U15 squads from the Tournament:
U16 Men Kaiyem Cleary
U15 Men Development Squad Jason Parr-Hilton, Ethan Buckley and Jaxon Wroe


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
Nottingham Wildcats
54 - 66
Loughborough Riders
Div 1 Men SF 1
Reading Rockets
75 - 73
Bradford Dragons
Div 1 Men SF 2
Essex Leopards
62 - 72
Leeds Carnegie

Sunday 27th April

Div 2 Men Final
Derby Trailblazers
73 - 57
Div 1 Women Fnl
Sheffield Hatters
63 - 68
Loughborough Riders
Div 1 Men SF
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
Cardiff Archers
Div 1 Women SF2 4:00pm Nottingham Wildcats
Loughborough Riders
Div 1 Men SF 1 2:00pm Reading Rockets
Bradford Dragons
Div 1 Men SF 2 6:00pm Essex Leopards
Leeds Carnegie

Sunday 27th April

Div 2 Men Final 10:45am Derby Trailblazers
Div 1 Women Fnl 1:00pm SF 1 Winner
SF 2 Winner
Div 1 Men SF 4:15pm SF 1 Winner
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
57 - 45
Birmingham Play-off R1  
77 - 85*
NASSA Play-off QF  
Under 18 Men
92 - 48
Ipswich Play-off R2  
86 - 54
Reading Rockets Play-off QF  
Lewisham Play-off SF
Under 16 Boys
122 - 43
Bradford Play-off R2  
57 - 49
Peckham Play-off QF  
83 - 65
Notts Nova Play-off SF  
94 - 79
Newham Youngbloods Play-off Final  
Under 14 Boys
87 - 36
Birmingham Play-off R1  
74 - 53
Kingston Play-off QF  
55 - 69
Brentwood Play-off SF  
45 - 13 (Ab
Leicester Play-off 3/4  
Under 18 Women
39 - 50
Haringey Play-off QF  
Under 16 Girls
65 - 41
London Greenhouse Play-off R1  
88 - 55
Sussex Thunder Play-off QF  
72 - 57
Sheffield Play-off SF  
44 - 76
Sevenoaks Play-off 3/4  
Under 14 Girls
83 - 38
Brentwood Play-off QF  
53 - 76
Sheffield Play-off SF  
48 - 44
Hounslow Play-off 3/4  
Senior Men        
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
3:30pm Under 18 Women's Final Sevenoaks Suns
59 - 45
Hertfordshire Warriors
5:45pm Under 18 Men's Final Birmingham A
69 - 64


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
Year 3 - 8Coaching/Games Boys and Girls
6:30 - 7:30pm
Year 9 -11 Coaching/Games Boys and Girls
Saturday 14 September    
9:30 - 10:30am
Reception to Year 6 Boys and Girls
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
104 - 38
Trafford Play-off R1  
95 - 44
Birmingham Play-off R2  
56 - 58
Haringey Hawks Play-off QF  
Div 2 Men
93 - 54
Glamorgan Gladiators Play-off QF  
85 - 67
Eastside Play-off SF  
66 - 85
NASSA Play-off Final  
Under 18 Men
Manchester 2
63 - 80
Tees Valley Play-off R1  
98 - 48
Tees Valley Play-off R2  
71 - 56
Worthing Play-off QF  
83 -64
London United Play-off SF
74 - 67
Barking & Dagenham Play-off Final National Champions
Under 16 Boys
85 - 52
Derbyshire Arrows Play-off R2  
95 - 78
Hertfordshire Play-off QF  
52 - 51
Birmingham A Play-off SF  
83 - 63
Notts Nova Play-off Final National Champions
Under 14 Boys
59 - 71
Sheffield Saints Play-off R1  
Under 18 Women
68 - 27
Cheshire Panthers Play-off R1  
58 - 85
Haringey Play-off QF  
Under 16 Girls
20 - 0
Bristol Storm Play-off R1  
66 - 41
Northants Lightning Too Play-off QF  
79 - 74
Sheffield Play-off SF  
62 - 98
Haringey Play-off Final  
45 - 55
Northants Lightning Play-off R1
Under 14 Girls
92 - 24
Newcastle Play-off R1  
64 - 44
Nottingham Play-off QF  
56 - 59
Haringey Play-off SF  
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.



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
Year 3 -6 Coaching/Games Boys and Girls
6:30 - 7:30pm
Year 7 -11 Coaching/Games Boys and Girls
Saturday 15 September    
9:30 - 10:30am
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.



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


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
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
Tom Ward
Loughborough Students Riders
Paul Middleton
Manchester Magic
Division 3 Men
Ladi Brown
Newham Neptunes
Sam Stiller
Newham Neptunes
Division 4 Men
Steven Gayle
Rossendale Raptors
Malcolm Leak
Burnley College Blaze
Division 4 Men
Daniel Belgrave
Worcester Wolves II
Chris Lowe
Worcester Wolves II
Division 4 Men
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
74 - 49
Birmingham Play-off R1  
81 - 34
Solent Play-off QF  
86 - 75
Hertfordshire Final 4 SF  
87 - 90
NASSA Final 4 Fnl  
Div 3 Men
87 - 46
London Greenhouse Play-off QF  
72 - 50
Warrington Play-off SF  
67 - 78
NASSA Play-off Final  
Div 2 Women
20 - 0
London Westside Play-off QF  
76 - 77*
Loughborough Play-off SF  
Under 18 Men
108 - 49
Leeds Carnegie Play-off R2  
69 - 53
Reading Play-off QF  
64 - 71
Westminster Warriors Play-off SF  
86 - 68
London Pioneers 3/4 Play-off
Under 16 Boys
20 - 0
Gateshead Play-off R2  
73 - 69
Solent Kestrels Play-off QF  
75 - 61
Westminster Warriors Play-off SF  
75 - 66
NASSA Play-off Final National Champions
Under 14 Boys
95 - 49
Leeds Carnegie Play-off R1  
103 - 35
Ipswich Tomcats Play-off QF  
88 - 69
Haringey Hawks Play-off SF  
90 - 64
Notts Nova Play-off Final National Champions
Under 18 Women
57 - 27
Southend Play-off QF  
41 - 51
Sevenoaks Play-off SF  
53 - 47
London Eastside 3/4 Play-off
Under 16 Girls
83 - 43
Bristol Play-off R1  
60 - 46
Ipswich Bobcats Play-off QF  
41 - 69
Haringey Angels Play-off SF  
60 - 84
Hertfordshire 3/4 Play-off
Under 14 Girls
102 - 27
Cheshire Juniors Play-off R1  
70 - 67
Sevenoaks Play-off QF  
47 - 91
Southend Play-off SF  
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


Pts Diff
Manchester Magic
Loughborough Riders
Warrington Wolves
Sheffield Sabres
Derby Trailblazers II
Sheffield Saints
Sefton Stars
Huddersfield Heat
Nottingham Hoods
Leeds Carnegie II
Shropshire Warriors
Stockport Falcons



EBL Division 2 Women (North) Table Final Table


Pts Diff


Manchester Mystics


Sefton Starlights


Mansfield Giants


Bury Blue Devils


Sheffield Hatters II


Doncaster Eagles


Sunderland Predators


Newcastle Eagles


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...


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



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







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.




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





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.








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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