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8 February 2016

Manchester Magic U16 Jaxon Wroe selected in England U16 Men Squad

 

Manchester Magic U16 Jaxon Wroe has been selected England's Under 16 Men squad that will compete in the inaugural Leicester Riders Junior Invitational Tournament alongside Wales, Ireland and Charnwood later this month.

 

Alan Keane's side had their first training camp in December and the squad now goes full swing with its preparations for the upcoming European Championships this summer with the tournament taking place from 15-17 February at the new Leicester Community Sports Arena - home of the Leicester Riders.

 

Tournament schedule:

Monday 15th February - vs Wales (6pm)
Tuesday 16th February -  vs Charnwood (4pm)
Wednesday 17th February - vs Ireland (2pm)

 

For the full England U16 Squad for the Tournament read: here

 

28 January 2016

National Cup Final to replay on TV (in Worthing, Nationally via LiveStream)

 

The National Cup Final between Manchester Magic and Worthing Thunder will be shown in full this Sunday on Latest TV, 1PM - 3.30PM. The coverage will include a commentary from Midnight Madness along with extra camera angles and slow motion replays of the match. Latest TV is available (between Worthing and Brighton on channel 8 of Freeview, 159 on Virgin Media and available nationally as a live stream at www.thelatest.tv. Our thanks go out to Steve Brown of Brown Productions (Tees Valley Mohawks), and Midnight Madness for their hard work to make this happen. Thanks to Worthing Thunder for making it all happen!

 

21 January 2016

MMU Sport and Manchester Magic link
We are pleased to announce our link to Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to help provide a pathway for Juniors who wish to continue their playing careers alongside studying for their degree, as well as competing for our Men’s NBL 1 or Women’s WBBL teams. MMU Sport has mapped out an ambitious strategy to become a leading institution in Sport and Basketball is an integral part of this.


As part of the University’s development of Basketball, scholarships are available for high achievers in the sport. They will be awarded on a case-by-case basis by MMU’s Performance Sport Panel, as well as being supported through stakeholders such as the Manchester Magic.


For more information about the scholarship packages available please contact:
Callum Jones – MMU Performance Sport Officer: Callum.Jones@mmu.ac.uk
Joe Forber – Manchester Magic CEO: j.forber@btinternet.com

 

 

20 January 2016

Mystics bring Thomas-Johnson back to WBBL

 

Lauren Thomas-Johnson Returns to Mystics

 

Manchester Mystics have turned to former GB star Lauren Thomas-Johnson in a bid to spark their season into life.

 

Still searching for their first victory of the campaign, the addition of a new face with a bonafide international pedigree is set to give the Mystics real impetus for the remainder of the season.

 

Thomas-Johnson has played at major tournaments such as EuroBasket Women and was a central part of the GB team that posted a successful qualification programme in 2014 which took the team to Final Round.

 

The guard also knows what it is like to win silverware domestically and was part of the Hatters’ side that swept the WBBL honours board last season.

 

“I think I will speak for not just Manchester Mystics but the whole WBBL family when I say that it is great to see Lauren back on the court again,” stated Mystics’ play-caller Rob Fairley.

 

“She has real quality and will give us an injection of class, points production and all-important experience.

 

“We are delighted she has chosen to represent us for the rest of the season and can be a real leader for us.”

 

Thomas-Johnson averaged almost 10 points per game last season for Hatters in the WBBL Championship.

 

 

19 January 2016

Magic and Mystics Visit Primary School

 

 

Manchester Magic stars Ryan Lohfink and Ellis Cooper and Manchester Mystics star Martina Matejcikova deliver assembly to Broadstone Hall Primary School.

If you work in a School and would like us to have a visit from the Magic and Mystics players please get in touch with Ryan Lohfink at: ryanlohfink@hotmail.com we'd love to hear from you!

 

19 January 2016

Introducing: Manchester Magic Under 18

 

Manchester Magic U18/NBDL

 

Introducing the Manchester Magic Under 18, who play in the Under 18 Boys North Premier, and they play as Manchester Magic 2 in the NBL Men North West Development League (Senior Men).

As Manchester Magic Under 18, they have a record of 11 wins and 2 loses, sitting top of the North Premier League. As Manchester Magic 2 they have a record of 6 wins and 4 loses sitting fifth in the NBL Men North West Development League.

The Squad: Récardo Eaton-Barnes, Jaxon Wroe (U16), Bartosz Blachut, Joe Parkinson, Michael Anumba (U16), Kaiyem Cleary, Alex Roberts (U16), Hamad Ali, Maison Brown, Adam Oldham, Josh Pearce (U16), Ifeanyi Emeka-Anyakwo, Arman Najafian, Luis Wright and Jack Dabbs.


Head Coach: Peter Paraskeva
Assistant Coach: Tom Paraskeva
Team Manager: Steve Brown


 

 

23 December 2015

Haris Memorial Tournament 2015 Team Photos

 

Team photos of this year's competing teams at the Haris Memorial Tournament 2015

 

Charnwood Academy

Charnwood Academy

 

Manchester Magic

Manchester Magic U18 Haris Tournament 2015

 

Escola de Bàsquet Masculí Osona

Escola de Bàsquet Masculí Osona

 

Proctor Academy

Proctor Academy

 

Sligo All-Stars

Sligo All-Stars

 

Turkey U17 National Team

Turkey U17 National Team

 

No England and Scotland team photos available

 

22 December 2015

US College Update

 

With a number of our former junior players currently out in the USA playing at various Colleges we thought it would be nice to give everyone an update as to how they've all been getting on.

Aaron Menzies (Freshman) and Jack Crook (Senior) at Seattle University (NCAA Division 1) record 5-6
Aaron played in 11 games, 1 start, 16.6 minutes per game, 5.5 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game.
Jack played in 11 games, 11 starts, 32.0 minutes per game, 11.3 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game and 2.1 assists per game.

Patrick Whelan (Sophomore) at William Jewell (NCAA Division 2) record 4-5
Played in 9 games, 9 starts, 30.7 minutes per game, 10.6 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game and 3.3 assists per game.

Jordan Whelan (Senior) at MidAmerica Nazarene University (NAIA) record 8-4
Played in 12 games, 1 start, 20.4 minutes per game, 15.1 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists per game.

Pharroh Gordon (Freshman) at The College of Saint Rose (NCAA Division 2) record 6-6
Played in 12 games, 11 starts, 26.7 minutes per game, 9.4 points per game, 5.1 rebounds per game and 2.2 assists per game.

Kingsley Nwagboso (Sophomore) at Connors State College (NJCAA) record 13-1
Kingsley has not played so far this season. (Transferred from State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota)

Leah McDerment (Sophomore) at University of Massachusetts (NCAA Division 1) record 4-6
Played in 10 games, 3 starts, 22.6 minutes per game, 3.7 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game and 1.9 assists per game.

Kristie Velasquez-Sheils (Year 5) at University of Calgary (CIS Canada) record 14-7
Played in 9 games, 9 starts, 32.6 minutes per game, 13.7 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game and 3.7 assists per game.

Rosie Hynes Now Student Assistant Coach at Florida Tech University (NCAA Division 2)

 

21 December 2015

North West Coaches Announced

 

Congratulations to the Magic coaches selected for the North West coaching team:
U13 Boys Head Coach - Gary Williams
U15 Boys Head Coach - Aurimas Verbukas
U17 Boys Assistant Coach - Mbongéni Greg Mpofu

 

18 December 2015

Haris Memorial Tournament 2015

 

This year's Haris Memorial Tournament line-up has been set, the schedule is finalised and the final preparations for welcoming our visiting teams are being put into place. Manchester Magic U18 Head Coach Peter Paraskeva and his team are excited about this year's line-up, Peter said:

 

"We are thrilled with this year's Haris Tournament line-up for the 10th anniversary. We believe we have managed to arrange a great mix of National and Club teams from around the world, that we hope it will make for another fantastic Tournament.

"Our Manchester Magic U18 team are really excited to have the opportunity to test themselves against some of the world's best junior basketball players and gives them a great learning experience of playing against different styles of play.

"We look forward to welcoming all the visiting teams to the Amaechi Basketball Centre for this special occasion, where we pay tribute to Haris Charalambous, one of the top players to come out of the Magic youth programme. Haris died suddenly while training with his NCAA Division 1 Toledo University team in October 2006. He showed all the qualities we need in a Manchester player, both on and off the floor."

 

Haris Tournament 2015 line-up:

England U18 National Team

Turkey U17 National Team

Proctor Academy, New Hampshire, USA

Scotland U18 National Team
Escola de Bàsquet Masculí Osona, Olost, Barcelona, Spain
Sligo All Stars, Ireland
Charnwood Academy, England
Manchester Magic U18

 

Current Manchester Magic star Jack Minister, who attended Proctor Academy, commented about the inclusion of the New Hampshire school in the Tournament and reflected on his time there:

 

"I attended Proctor Academy when I was 18 in 2004 for 2 years. I had not visited the school and did not know anyone there, but it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life.


"Proctor is a small school in the middle of nowhere in New Hampshire, with the school's population around 350 pupils.


"It turned out to be the best basketball I have experienced; I got to play alongside and against Division 1 college players, NBA players and a teammate who was the MVP of the top Italian league last season.


"The best part of the experience was the friends I made, in particular Gregor Makechnie, Proctor's basketball coach and now Athletic Director. Gregor was like a father figure to me while I was at Proctor. I spent my time at the school living with him and his family, and we have stayed in touch ever since, I actually saw his family down in London last summer.  


"My time at Proctor was some of the most enjoyable years of my life, both for basketball and the overall life experience!


"I will always be grateful for Gregor for giving me the opportunity of attending Proctor.  


"Before I left for America, playing in the Magic under 18 and under 20 sides alongside Haris, it also felt like family, we enjoyed great years playing together; we were very good and dominated the National League.


"It is Fantastic that both my favourite times in basketball come together with Proctor coming to the Amaechi Basketball Centre to play in this year's Haris Tournament."

 

Tournament Schedule:

 

Pools

Pool A

Turkey U17, Osona (Spain), Charnwood Academy and Sligo (Ireland)

Pool B

Proctor Academy (USA), England U18, Scotland U18 and Manchester Magic U18

 

Sunday 27th December 2015

6:00pm Court 1 (1) Scotland - England Court 3 (2) Charnwood - Osona

 

8:00pm Court 1 (3) Magic - Proctor Court 3 (4) Turkey - Sligo

 

Monday 28th December 2015

11:00am Court 1 (5) Proctor - England Court 3 (6) Magic - Scotland

 

1:00pm Court 1 (7) Charnwood - Turkey Court 3 (8) Osona - Sligo

 

4:00pm Court 1 (9) Magic - England Court 3 (10) Proctor - Scotland

 

6:00pm Court 1 (11) Turkey - Osona Court 3 (12) Charnwood - Sligo

 

Tuesday 29h December 2015

10:00am Court 1 (13) 3rd B - 4th A Court 3 (14) 3rd A - 4th B

 

12:00noon Court 1 (15) 1st A - 2nd B Court 3 (16) 1st B - 2nd A

 

2:00pm Court 1 (17) Winner 13 - Winner 14 (5th/6th) Court 3 (18) Loser 13 - Loser 14 (7th/8th)

 

3:45pm Court 1 (19) Loser 15 - Loser 16 (3rd/4th)

 

5:30pm Court 1 (20) Winner 15 - Winner 16 (1st/2nd)

 

 

11 November 2015

Introducing: Manchester Magic Under 16

 

Manchester Magic U16

 

Introducing the Manchester Magic Under 16, who play in the Under 16 Boys North Premier, and they play as Trafford Magic in the Under 18 Men North West Development League.

As Manchester Magic Under 16, they have a record of 7 wins and 0 loses, sitting top of the North Premier League and are through to the National Cup Fourth Round. As Trafford Magic Under 18 they have a record of 1 win and 4 loses sitting fifth* in the North West Development League.

The Squad: Dennis Adesanya, Michael Anumba, Colin Canning, Dave Doncor, Martell Elly, Sam Fuge, Kamil Golisz, Bailey Goodall, Aaron Martin (U15), Jason Parr-Hilton, Josh Pearce,Hasan Ramic, Alex Roberts, Sam Sherratt, Diego Tejada, Ben Williamson and Jaxon Wroe.

 
Head Coach: Aurimas Ollie Verbukas
Assistant Coaches: Greg Mpofu and Adnan Ramic
Team Manager: Sue Elly

 

*results and table adjusted for the recent withdrawal of Liverpool.

 

10 November 2015

England Development Programme Staff Appointments Announced

 

Congratulations to Manchester Mystics' Head Coach Rob Fairley who has been appointed joint Head Coach of the U17 Girls New Horizons team sharing the role with Joanna Clayden (former Mystic) and Natasha Green.

 

Full list of appointments can be found here

 

10 November 2015

England Junior National Team Coaching Staff Appointments Announced


Congratulations to Manchester Magic's Aurimas Verbukas who has been appointed England U18 Men Apprentice Coach, and to former Mystics' Julie Page and Rachel Clayden who have been appointed England U18 Women and U16 Girls Apprentice Coaches respectively

 

Full list of appointments can be found here

 

16 October 2015

Magic England Camp Selections

 

Congratulations to Manchester Magic U16 players Josh Pearce (U17), Jaxon Wroe (U16), Aaron Martin (U15) for being invited to Basketball England National team camps! Also huge well done to Hasan Ramic & Martell Elly for being invited to National talent camp in December.

 

5 October 2015

GB Senior Women appoint new Head Coach

 

GB Women appoint Jose Maria Buceta


GB Senior Women will have a new head coach when they step out in Manchester at Amaechi Basketball Centre on Wednesday 25th November.

 

Jose Maria Buceta has been appointed head coach of Great Britain Senior Women and will oversee their forthcoming EuroBasket Women 2017 qualification campaign.

 

The respected Spaniard will hold the coaching reins when GB tip-off in Montenegro on 21 November, before then stepping out on home soil against Italy at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester on 25 November.

Continue reading on GB website here

 

Tickets are available for the game between Great Britain Senior Women and Italy on Wednesday 25th November, tickets are priced at £8.00 for adults and £5.00 for children, get yours here.

 

29 September 2015

England U16 Women & U15 New Horizons National Team Squads Announced


Following the U15 Girls Regional Development Tournament in Sheffield last weekend, the initial squads for the England U16 Women's National Team and the U15 Women's New Horizons National Development Programme have been announced. Congratulations to the Mystics players selected, they are:

U16 Women's squad

Ashana Hinds, Khia Lee and Niamh Kelshaw
U15 New Horizons Women's squad

Bethan McLoughlin and Lucy Threlfall

 

28 September 2015

North West U15 Girls Selections and Results

 

U15 North West Girls
Mystics players selected to represent the North West: Ashana Renée, Lucy Threlfall and Khia Lee
The Regional Tournament was on 26th & 27th September in Sheffield.

 

Saturday Results

North West 22 - 18 South West

Yorkshire 31 - 30 North West

North East 19 - 42 North West

North West 31 - 16 South East

 

Sunday Results

North West 42 - 56 London (Semi-Final)

North West 52 - 34 East (3rd / 4th)

North West finished 3rd.

 

24 September 2015

England U16 Men & U15 New Horizons National Team Squads Announced


Following the U15 Boys Regional Development Tournament in Sheffield last weekend, the initial squads for the England U16 Men's National Team and the U15 Men's New Horizons National Development Programme have been announced. Congratulations to the Magic players selected, they are:

U16 Men's squad

Jaxon Wroe
U15 New Horizons Men's squad
Ethan Buckley, Josh Grant and Aaron Martin

 

22 September 2015

GB Senior Women to step out in Manchester

 

GB Senior Women to Step out in Manchester

 

Great Britain Senior Women will take to the floor in Manchester for their first home match-up of their EuroBasket Women 2017 qualification games.


They will face Italy at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in the city on Wednesday 25 November 2015 in a 7pm tip-off.


It will be the first of three consecutive home fixtures and with the support of GB fans, this could go a long way to cementing what would be a sensational fourth straight appearance at EuroBasket Women Final Round.


The players will also get to compete at the home venue of a WBBL (Women’s British Basketball League) club as they step out for the first time on home soil this calendar year, in what promises to be an exciting clash against the Italians.


GB will tip-off their qualification campaign for EuroBasket Women 2017 four days earlier on the road against Group C favourites Montenegro in Podgorica.


The change to the women’s basketball calendar now sees qualification games for EuroBasket Women taking place during short windows across the 2015-16 and 2016-17 club/college seasons – rather than during summer months as was previously the case.


Great Britain’s qualification games are as follows:


Montenegro v Great Britain - Saturday 21/11/15 (Moraca Sports Centre, Podgorica)
Great Britain v Italy – Wednesday 25/11/15 (Amaechi Centre, Manchester)
Great Britain v Albania – Saturday 20/02/16
Great Britain v Montenegro – Wednesday 24/02/16
Italy v Great Britain – Saturday 19/11/2016
Albania v Great Britain – Wednesday 23/11/2016


EuroBasket Women 2017 will be hosted by Czech Republic and will take place in Hradec Kralove and Prague. The nine winners of each qualification group will all receive an automatic spot and will be joined by the six best runners-up, with the host nation taking the other berth.


For more information on EuroBasket Women 2017 qualification click here.


Supporters are urged to get closer to the action and snap up their tickets for this must see game against Italy, with tickets priced £8.00 for adults and £5.00 for children.


To see full ticket details and make a purchase, click here.

 

22 September 2015

Last Season's League MVP Ellis Cooper returns to Magic

 

Ellis CooperAfter a frustrating few weeks waiting for his visa to come through, Ellis Cooper makes his return to Manchester on Wednesday and he is a man on a mission.

 

Ellis will be available for selection for Saturday's game at Leicester Warriors and he's determined to make up for having to sit out of last season's Final Fours Weekend.  

 

“I have been waiting for 4 weeks for my visa situation to be resolved but it is now sorted!" Said Cooper.
 
He continues ‘’I am really pleased that Manchester Magic have offered me the opportunity to return to the Club.  Although I had other offers, my heart is with the Magic and I am very much looking forward to my second season with them.
 
“I do have considerable unfinished business over there – the players were very disappointed not to top the Division 1 table last season so this will be a big target for me.  Also, I was excluded from participating in the Final Four due to the Visa changes and I will relish the opportunity to help the Magic to go all the way in 2015/16.
 
“Manchester and its citizens have been great to me and have taken me to their hearts.  I am very comfortable in the City.  I could not have received better support from the Magic fans last season and look forward to giving something back to them by my performances on the floor.’’

 

Everyone at the club is delighted to have Ellis back in Manchester for another season, coach Middleton said: “Even though we’ve got talent without him, having Ellis back will make a huge difference. He’s a big character off the floor as well as on the floor and we’re really looking forward to having him back.”

 

21 September 2015

North West U15 Boys Selections and Results

 

U15 North West Boys
Magic players selected to represent the North West: Martell Elly, Jaxon Wroe, Jason Parr-Hilton, Aaron Martin, Hasan Ramic, Bailey Goodall and Josh Grant

Magic Coaching staff selected to represent the North West as Head Coach: Aurimas Verbukas
The Regional Tournament was on 19th & 20th September in Sheffield.

 

Saturday Results

South East 20-26 North West

London 35-39 North West

North West 35-28 West Midlands

North West 41-18 North East

 

Sunday Results

Yorkshire 35-54 North West (Semi-Final)

North West 54-46 South (Final)

North West crowned Tournament Champions.

 

North West U15 2015

 

21 September 2015

England U17 Women New Horizons National Team Squad Announced


Following the U17 Girls Regional Development Tournament in Nottingham, the initial squad for the England U17 Women's New Horizons National Development Programme has been announced. Congratulations to the Mystics' Fiona Connolly on her selection.

 

14 September 2015

North West U17 Selections and Results

 

U17 North West Boys
Magic players selected to represent the North West: Récardo Eaton-Barnes, Alex Roberts, Kayo Redford and Josh Pearce.
The Regional Tournament was on 5th & 6th September in Nottingham.

Saturday Results
North West 71 - 54 London
North West 67 - 80 East
Sunday Results
North West 50 - 49 South East
North West 45 - 75 West Midlands

U17 North West Girls
Mystics players selected to represent the North West: Sherise Smith, Fiona Connolly, Vanessa McKenzie, Harriet Swindells, Freya Kelshaw, Katie Crow, Kiera Wild and Lucy Woodhouse
Mystics Coaching staff selected to represent the North West as Assistant Coaches: Rachel Clayden and  Natalie Feurtado
The Regional Tournament was on 12th & 13th September in Nottingham.

Saturday Results
North West 59 - 47 East Midlands
North West 60 - 55 East
Sunday Results
London 59 - 49 North West
Final London 55 - 45 North West
North West finished 2nd.

It's the U15 Boys turn this weekend (19th-20th September) in Sheffield, and then the U15 Girls turn the week after (26th-27th September) also in Sheffield.

 

14 September 2015

England U18 Men & U17 New Horizons National Team Squads Announced


Following the U17 Boys Regional Development Tournament in Nottingham last weekend, the initial squads for the England U18 Men's National Team and the U17 Men's New Horizons National Development Programme have been announced. Congratulations to the Magic players selected, they are:

U18 Men's squad

Kaiyem Cleary
U17 New Horizons Men's squad
Josh Pearce

 

07 September 2015

Celebration / Welcome Evening Photos

 

Celebration Evening 1

 

Celebration Evening 2

 

Celebration Evening 3

 

More photos are available to view and purchase on John McGibbon's website here

 

07 September 2015

North West U17 Selections

 

U17 North West Boys
Magic players selected to represent the North West: Récardo Eaton-Barnes, Alex Roberts, Kayo Redford, Josh Pearce and Ayo Nuwe.
The Regional Tournament was on 5th & 6th September in Nottingham.

Saturday Results
North West 71 - 54 London
North West 67 - 80 East
Sunday Results
North West 50 - 49 South East
North West 45 - 75 West Midlands

U17 North West Girls

Mystics players selected to represent the North West: Sherise Smith, Fiona Connolly, Vanessa McKenzie, Harriet Swindells, Freya Kelshaw, Katie Crow, Kiera Wild and Lucy Woodhouse
Mystics Coaching staff selected to represent the North West as Assistant Coaches: Rachel Clayden and  Natalie Feurtado
The Regional Tournament is on 12th & 13th September in Nottingham.

 

14 August 2015

Magic and Mystics Celebration / Welcome Evening

 

Magic and Mystics Celebration / Welcome Evening

 

The Manchester Magic and Mystics are to hold a Celebration and Welcome Evening on Friday 28th August from 7:30pm at their Amaechi Basketball Centre home. All last season's (2014-15) players, this coming season's (2015-16) players from all age groups including the senior teams, coaches, parents and supports are welcome to attend. The evening's entertainment will have music and special guest speakers.


We are hoping this event will be bring a feel good factor around the Amaechi Centre for the coming season and build a closer connection to our players, parents and supporters.


Each player from last season and those registered for the coming season will be given an honorary club lapel pin badge. This will enable them to future game and merchandise discounts. (Players for the coming season will receive theirs once their selection has been confirmed)


On the night, all club representatives will receive free entry to both Magic's (NBL Division 1) and Mystics' (WBBL) first home games of the new season, dates and times to be confirmed.

 

 

5 August 2015

Loreto Girls Academy Joins WEABL

 

We are delighted to announce that our Loreto Girls Academy team will be a part of the newly formed WEABL for the 2015/16 season, joining the Loreto Boys Academy who has been a part of the EABL since its inception in 2010.

 

Loreto College's application to become an AASE institution (Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) was accepted for the coming season, this enables both the boys and girls teams to play in the EABL and WEABL respectively, which is a positive step forward for our partnership with Loreto for both boys and girls.

 

The WEABL (Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League) is the premier junior basketball competition in the UK, featuring the top Under-19 female programmes in the country.

 

In partnership with AoC Sport the WEABL is a new competition for the 2015-16 season & offers the highest level of School/College competition in the country.

 

This weekly competition thoroughly supports the needs of potential elite athletes by giving them the opportunity to test their skills at the highest level possible during the academic calendar.

 

The WEABL is an invitation only competition that comprises of 7 teams. All WEABL teams are approved AASE providers and have shown high levels of performance historically.

 

 

3 August 2015 (updated 23 August 2015)

England U16

 

England Under 16 Men (Kaiyem Cleary) - Division A in Lithuania 6th August - 16th August

Results, Group A:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Thu 6 Aug 18:00 Germany England
Kaunas
Fri 7 Aug 14:45 England Turkey
Kaunas
Sat 8 Aug 12:30 England
20 - 0*
Russia Kaunas

*Russia were suspended from competing in all FIBA competitions.

 

Group A Standings

  Team
Played
Won/Lost
For/Against
Points
1
Turkey
3
3 / 0
185 / 122
6
2
Germany
3
2 / 1
126 / 130
5
3
England
3
1 / 2
153 / 152
4
4
Russia
3
0 / 3
0 / 60
0

 

Results, Group E (Second Round):

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Mon 10 Aug 17:00 England Lithuania
Kaunas
Tue 11 Aug 14:45 Greece England
Kaunas
Wed 12 Aug 17:00 Spain England Kaunas

 

Group E Standings

  Team
Played
Won/Lost
For/Against
Points
1
Spain
5
4 / 1
359 / 306
9
2
Turkey
5
4 / 1
383 / 324
9
3
Germany
5
3 / 2
314 / 335
8
4
Lithuania
5
3 / 2
371 / 323
8
5
England
5
1 / 4
324 / 379
6
6
Greece
5
0 / 5
281 / 365
5

 

Result, Classification 9th- 16th:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Fri 14 Aug 14:45 England Latvia
Kaunas

 

Result, Classification 13th- 16th:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Sat 15 Aug 12:30 England Israel
Kaunas

 

Result, Classification 13th- 14th:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Sun 16 Aug 12:30 Greece England
Kaunas

 

England U16 Men finish 14th and are relegated to Division B for next year.

 

England Under 16 Women (Jessica Eadsforth-Yates) - Division A in Portugal 13th August - 23rd August

Schedule / Results, Group D:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Thu 13 Aug 20:45 England Spain
Matosinhos
Fri 14 Aug 20:45 Latvia England
Matosinhos
Sat 15 Aug 18:30 Hungary England Matosinhos

 

Group D Standings

  Team
Played
Won/Lost
For/Against
Points
1
Hungary
3
3 / 0
235 / 157
6
2
Spain
3
2 / 1
184 / 162
5
3
Latvia
3
1 / 2
200 / 199
4
4
England
3
0 / 3
100 / 201
3

 

Results, Group G, Classification Games 9th - 16th:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Mon 17 Aug 14:00 Netherlands England
Matosinhos
Tue 18 Aug 14:00 England Croatia
Matosinhos
Wed 19 Aug 14:00 Serbia England Matosinhos

 

Group G Standings

  Team
Played
Won/Lost
For/Against
Points
1
Croatia
3
3 / 0
200 / 135
6
2
Serbia
3
2 / 1
196 / 197
5
3
Netherlands
3
1 / 2
180 / 196
4
4
England
3
0 / 3
152 / 200
3

 

Result, Classification 9th- 16th:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Fri 21 Aug 14:00 Germany England
Matosinhos

 

Result, Classification 13th- 16th:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Sat 22 Aug 14:00 England Belgium
Matosinhos

England U16 Womne are relegated to Division B for next year.

 

Result, Classification 15th- 16th:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Sun 23 Aug 11:45 England Netherlands
Matosinhos

 

England U16 Women finish 16th and are relegated to Division B for next year.

 

 

3 August 2015

Community Summer Camp A Great Success

 

Summer Camp 2015

 

This year's Summer Community Camp was a great success! The camp had over 90 participants over the 5 days, the players who attended were very enthusiastic throughout the camp. They were coached by a variety of senior basketball players currently playing either Division 1 in teams across the country or colleges in the USA.

Campers were treated to a high level of coaching, combined with fun competitions, with some of the lucky campers going home with Manchester Magic/Mystics prizes. We hope all campers enjoyed themselves and look forward to seeing them all again!

 

We would like to thank the volunteers from the Nike store at the Manchester Fort who came down and helped out during the camp. They kindly donated Nike gear for prizes as well as providing certificates for the award winners.

If you wish to join in the fun, keep an eye out for details of our next camp, but you don't have to wait until the next camp our Community coaching sessions and leagues restart on:
Monday Community Sessions restart on Monday 7th September
Monday Open Age League restart on Monday 14th September
Friday Sessions restart on Friday 11th September
Saturday Sessions restart on Saturday 5th September


Visit the Community section of our website for details here

 

22 July 2015

Magic presence at Deng Camp 2015

 

Hamad Ali, Michael Anumba and Kaiyem Cleary have been selected to attend this year's Deng Camp. The camp was set up by Luol Deng for the UK's 50 top ranked rising stars to put their abilities to the test in a bid to be ranked the UK’s #1.

 

Each of the 50 players attending Deng Camp Top 50 have been hand-selected by a consortium of coaches and will undergo a series of individual drills, combine testing, classroom analysis, strength and conditioning training and competitive games during an intense 3-day workout. This year's camp will take place on 19th - 22th August at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

 

Magic coaches Paul Middleton and Aurimas Verbukas will both be in attendance as part of an elite coaching staff from the domestic game and the USA. The coaching staff includes former NBA player Royal Ivey, current assistant coach at NBA D-League team Oklahoma City Blue and former High School team-mate of Luol's. The camp will be led by Joe Mantegna Head Coach at Blair Academy, a former Haris Tournament attendee and Luol Deng's American High School Coach.

 

For more information see here

 

19 July 2015 (updated 9 August 2015)

England U18

 

England Under 18 Men - Division B in Austria 23rd July - 2nd August

Results, Group A:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Thu 23 Jul 19:15 Poland England
Güssing
Fri 24 Jul 19:15 England Albania
Fürstenfeld
Sat 25 Jul 17:00 Bulgaria England Oberwart
Sun 26 Jul 14:45 England Switzerland Güssing
Mon 27 Jul 14:45 Enlgand Estonia Fürstenfeld

 

Group A Standings

  Team
Played
Won/Lost
For/Against
Points
1
Poland
5
5 / 0
406 / 301
10
2
England
5
4 / 1
346 / 274
9
3
Switzerland
5
3 / 2
307 / 318
8
4
Estonia
5
2 / 3
327 / 307
7
5
Bulgaria
5
1/ 4
286 / 330
6
6
Albania
5
0 / 5
246 / 388
5

 

Results Group E (Classification 1st - 8th):

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Wed 29 Jul 19:15 England Slovenia
Fürstenfeld
Thu 30 Jul 17:00 Hungary England
Oberwart

 

Group E Standings

  Team
Played
Won/Lost
For/Against
Points
1
Slovenia
3
3 / 0
241 / 173
6
2
Poland
3
2 / 1
213 / 183
5
3
Hungary
3
1 / 2
163 / 234
4
4
England
3
0 / 3
186 / 213
3

 

Result Classification 5th - 8th:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Sat 1 Aug 19:15 Iceland England
Güssing

 

Result Classification 7th- 8th:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Sun 2 Aug 12:30 Georgia England
Oberwart

 

England U18 Men finish 7th.

 

 

England Under 18 Women (Gina Brierley) - Division B in Romania 30th July - 9th August

Results, Group D:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Thu 30 Jul 11:30 England Ireland
Bucharest
Fri 31 Jul 16:00 Bosnia and Herzegovina England
Bucharest
Sun 2 Aug 16:00 England Bulgaria Bucharest
Mon 3 Aug 16:00 Latvia England Bucharest

 

Group D Standings

  Team
Played
Won/Lost
For/Against
Points
1
Latvia
4
4 / 0
275 / 150
8
2
Bosnia and Herzegovina
4
3 / 1
237 / 221
7
3
England
4
2 / 2
207 / 205
6
4
Bulgaria
4
1 / 3
202 / 243
5
5
Ireland
4
0 / 4
171 / 273
4

 

Results, Group H (Classification 9th - 16th):

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Wed 5 Aug 18:30 Ukraine England
Bucharest
Thu 6 Aug 13:45 England Finland
Bucharest

 

Group H Standings

  Team
Played
Won/Lost
For/Against
Points
1
Finland
3
3 / 0
158 / 141
6
2
England
3
2 / 1
155 / 125
5
3
Ukraine
3
1 / 2
175 / 164
4
4
Bulgaria
3
0 / 3
138 / 196
3

 

Result Classification 9th - 12th:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Sat 8 Aug 16:00 Greece England
Bucharest

 

Result Classification 11th - 12th:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Sun 9 Aug 16:30 England Belarus
Bucharest

 

England U18 Women finish 12th.

 

17 July 2015

Gina Brierley selected for England U18


Many congratulations to Mystics' Gina Brierley who has been selected to represent England Under 18 Women at the European Championships in Romania from 30th July - 9th August.

 

14 July 2015

North West U13

U13 Girls Regional Team
Mystics players selected to represent the North West:

Charli Wroe, Courtney Kenyon-Betts and Elizabeth Crocker.
The Regional Tournament was on 11th & 12th July at All Saints (Sheffield).

Results:

Saturday
London v North West 10-6 Loss
Yorkshire v North West 8-8 North West Win on skills test
West Midlands v North West 4-12 Win
North West v South 10-6 Win


Sunday
North West v South East
Skills test - North West Win
1st half of Q1 - Loss (4-8)

2nd half of Q1 - Loss (3-14)
1st half of Q2 - Win (19-3)

2nd half of Q2 - Loss (0-13)
Q3 - Loss (10-17)
Q4 - Win (15-4)

Final:
London v North West
Skills test - London Win
1st half of Q1 - Draw (4-4)
2nd half of Q1 - Win (5-11)
1st half of Q2 - Loss (6-5)
2nd half of Q2 - Win (4-5)
Q3 - Win (18-25)
Q4 -Loss (21-5)


North West took the overall win - 1st Place

 

U13 North West Girls 2015

 

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

Results:

Saturday
North West v East 6-10 Loss
South West v North West 8-8 Win from skills test
North West v West Mids 11-5 Win
South East v North West 6-10 Win


Sunday
London v North West
Skills test - North West Win
1st half of Q1 - Draw (7-7)
2nd half of Q1 - Win (11-9)
1st half of Q2 - Win (19-4)
2nd half of Q2 - Loss (21-0)
Q3 - Win (15-14)
Q4 - Win (17-12)

East v North West Final
Skills test - North West Win
1st half of Q1 - Loss (9-4)
2nd half of Q1 - Loss (10-1)
1st half of Q2 - Loss (9-7)
2nd half of Q2 - Loss (8-5)
Q3 - Loss (18-10)
Q4 - Loss (23-10)


North West Finished in 2nd place

 

12 July 2015

Kaiyem Cleary selected for England U16


Many congratulations to Magic's Kaiyem Cleary who has been selected to represent England Under 16 Boys at the European Championships in Lithuania from 6th August - 16th August.

 

10 July 2015 (updated 12 July 2015)

Gina Brierley in England U18 Squad to face the Netherlands

 

Manchester Mystics' Gina Brierley has been selected in a 14-strong squad to represent England U18 Women this weekend at Oaklands College as they face the Netherlands, who are a week away from the FIBA U19 World Championships so will provide the England team a tough test before heading into the European Championships in Romania 30th July - 9th August.

 

Results:

Saturday 11th July 6pm

England 69 - 51 Netherlands

Sunday 12th July 1pm

England 56 - 51 Netherlands

 

 

10 July 2015

England U14 National Development Camp Selections

 

After the U13 Boys Regional Tournament last weekend in Sheffield that saw the North West finish second overall, a number of Manchester Magic U14 players have been invited to attend the U14 National Development Camp. Magic players selected were: Ty Jordan, Saul May, Greg Wild and Jason Ani many congratulations to them all.


8 July 2015

Jessica Eadsforth-Yates selected for England U16


Many congratulations to Mystics' Jessica Eadsforth-Yates who has been selected to represent England Under 16 Girls at the European Championships in Portugal from 13th August - 23rd August.

 

The squad will be travelling to Tarare - France on 9th July to compete in an invitational tournament against teams from France, Belgium, Czech Republic.

 

Congratulations to Manchester based referee Josh Bowe will be representing Basketball England as their nominated referee.

 

4 July 2015 (updated 14 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 / Results, 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

 

Group D Standings

  Team
Played
Won/Lost
For/Against
Points
1
Turkey
4
3 / 1
248 / 227
7
2
Lithuania
4
3 / 1
252 / 227
7
3
Germany
4
2 / 2
237 / 239
6
4
Slovenia
4
2 / 2
270 / 286
6
5
Great Britain
4
0/ 4
231 / 259
4

 

 

Second Round Schedule / Results, Group G (13th - 20th place):

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Mon 13 Jul 13:15 Croatia Great Britain
Latisana
Tue 14 Jul 13:15 Great Britain Bulgaria Latisana
Wed 15 Jul 15:30 Russia Great Britain Latisana

 

Group G Standings

  Team
Played
Won/Lost
For/Against
Points
1
Russia
3
3 / 0
247 / 205
6
2
Great Britain
3
2 / 1
218 / 195
5
3
Croatia
3
1 / 2
216 / 200
4
4
Bulgaria
3
0 / 3
166 / 242
3

 

Classification game 13th - 16th place Result

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Fri 17 Jul 20:00 Poland Great Britain
Latisana

GB relegated to Division B

Classification game 15th - 16th place Schedule:

Date Time (BST) Home Score Away Venue
Sun 19 Jul 13:00 Russia Great Britain
Latisana

 

GB Under 20 Men finished 15th, relegated to Division B for next year.

 

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 (updated 12 July 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
Results:

Date Time (BST)
Home
Score Away Venue
Thu 2 Jul
15:10
Israel
Great Britain
Podgorica
Fri 3 Jul
12:50
Great Britain
Austria Podgorica
Sat 4 Jul
15:10
Greece
Great Britain Podgorica
Mon 6 Jul
17:30
Great Britain
Montenegro Podgorica
Tue 7 Jul
19:50
Sweden
Great Britain Podgorica
Wed 8 Jul
19:50
Great Britain
Bulgeria Podgorica
Fri 10 Jul
15:10
Lithuania
Great Britain Podgorica
Sat 11 Jul
10:30
Great Britain
Bosnia and Herzegovina Podgorica
Sun 12 Jul
10:30
Romania
Great Britain Podgorica

 

Final Standings

  Team
Played
Won/Lost
For/Against
Points
1
Bosnia and Herzegovina
9
9 / 0
738 / 523
18
2
Greece
9
6 /3
618 / 552
15
3
Sweden
9
6 / 3
574 / 480
15
4
Montenegro
9
5 / 4
532 / 519
14
5
Lithuania
9
5 / 4
595 / 523
14
6
Austria
9
5 / 4
479 / 551
14
7
Bulgaria
9
4 / 5
656 / 657
13
8
Israel
9
3 / 6
505 / 558
12
9
Great Britain
9
1 / 8
472 / 555
10
10
Romania
9
1 / 8
471 / 722
10

 

 

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:
Friday
9:25pm Manchester U18 55 - 41 Luxembourg
Saturday
9:30am Manchester U18 65 - 47 Réunion
5:30pm Manchester U18 67 - 70 Anjou BC
Sunday
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:
Friday
England U16 69 - 76 Slovakia
Magic's Kaiyem Cleary started, played 10 minutes, 2 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks
Saturday
England U16 72 - 78 Poland
Kaiyem started on the bench, played 26 minutes, 12 points, 8 rebounds and 1 block.
Sunday
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

 

Teams:

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!"

 

Photos

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:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/sports-personality/25392992

 

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 a new addition to our staff, Ollie Verbukas as Boys National League Coaching Coordinator.

 

Ollie Verbukas - Boys National League Coaching Coordinator

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

 

14 July 2014

Big 4 earn US Scholarships

Big 4 earn US Scholarships

 

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

 

4 June 2014

England and GB selections

 

GB U20 Mens

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

 

GB U20 Womens

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

 

England U15 Girls Development Squad

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

 

Congratulations to all concerned!

 

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

 

4 June 2014

Loreto Academy players receive EABL awards 2013-14

 

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to all concerned!

 

Full list of awards: here

 

31 May 2014

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

27 April 2014

 

Results of Senior Final Fours at Amaechi Basketball Centre

 


Saturday 26th April

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


Sunday 27th April

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

 

4 May 2014

 

Magic/Mystics Play-off Progress 2014

 

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

 

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

 

 

9 February 2014

Magic in Final of Men's National Trophy

 

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

Congratulations to all concerned.

 

 

15 February 2014

ABC Hosts the Sureshot National Cup Finals

 

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

 

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

 

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

School Offer 10 Children and 2 Adults  £25.00

 

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

 

 

15 December 2013

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

 

Joe and Maggie Forber at BBC SPOTY 2013

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Article by Anthony Jepson - Manchester Evening News

 

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

 

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

 

19 November 2013

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

 

Joe and Maggie

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

11 November 2013

Great England News!

 

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

 

Under 18 Men

Pharroh Gordon

Aaron Menzies

Kingsley Nwagboso

Joe Swindells

Patrick Whelan

 

Under 18 Women

Keani Potter-Jones

 

Under 16 Boys

Matthew Hodgkinson

Ayo Nuwe

 

Under 16 Girls

Harriet Swindells

 

Under 15 Girls Development Squad

Jessica Eadsforth

Niamh Kelshaw

 

Congratulations to all concerned.

 

17 October 2013

Helping the Kids

 

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

 



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