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Basketball England statement: Decision to cancel all affiliated basketball activity

  Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Basketball England has taken the decision to cancel all affiliated basketball activity for the remainder of the 2019/20 season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This action has been taken in consultation with the BBL, WBBL, Basketball Scotland and Basketball Wales, BUCS and the AoC Sport and comes in light of increased measures to fight the spread of the virus issued by government on Monday.

It means the following activities are cancelled:

  • Basketball England’s leagues; NBL, affiliated Local Leagues, Jr. NBA, the EABL, WEABL and ABL Finals, the Dynamik National Schools competitions.
  • England national team activity, talent programmes including Aspire, Basketball England education courses.

If the situation and government advice changes, and there is opportunity to reinstate any basketball activity, we will consider this. Further information is provided in the FAQs below.

Coronavirus cancellation: FAQs

We will continuously monitor the situation and review the position to restart activity and gear up for the 2020/21 season and provide an update no later than 28 April 2020.

Stewart Kellett, CEO at Basketball England, said:

“Basketball England is here to serve and protect its members. We know from feedback over the weekend that the basketball community want the governing body to protect people. We also know that people want to play and stay involved and are disappointed with the cancellation, but we have to do what is right for the greater good of the country, to help stop the spread of the virus. We are very grateful for support on this matter.

“Basketball England will provide advice and support to clubs and our members that need it.”  

A policy on how the final NBL tables will be concluded is being considered and will be communicated on or before 27 March 2020.

Further enquiries - contact details

National League clubs: nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk

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