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Junior NBA Basketball England League launched again this month in Birmingham, London and Manchester

PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 November 2016

Action from the Junior NBA Basketball England League in 2015/16 which will be returning again (pic: Pitch).

Action from the Junior NBA Basketball England League in 2015/16 which will be returning again (pic: Pitch).

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30 secondary schools will represent one of the 30 NBA teams and will receive corresponding NBA team branded T-shirts for their games

Following the success of the second year of the Junior NBA Basketball England Leagues in Birmingham, London and Manchester that concluded in January 2016, Basketball England and the NBA announced today the launch of the 2016-17 Junior NBA Basketball England League – a secondary school basketball programme for boys and girls ages 11 to 12, which aims to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.

This year’s edition will feature Junior NBA draft events in London and Manchester and the return of a dedicated girls league in the capital.

In each league, 30 secondary schools will play an eight-game season followed by single-elimination play-offs and a league championship.

Each school will represent one of the 30 NBA teams and will receive corresponding NBA team branded T-shirts for their games.

The leagues will each run from November through March, with the play-offs and league championships to be played in March 2017.

“Junior NBA is our key grassroots level programme and we are pleased to work in partnership with Basketball England to inspire more children in England to participate in basketball through a fun and competitive experience.” said NBA EMEA Senior Director, Basketball Operations Neal Meyer.

Basketball England Education & Satellite Club Manager Charlie Ford added: “Junior NBA Basketball England League provides young people with a great first experience in the game which we hope will provide the catalyst to continuing to participate and enjoy basketball throughout their lives.”

Using the inspiration and excitement of the NBA, the league aims to promote shared NBA and Basketball England values of teamwork, leadership, fitness and healthy living through league games, a Junior NBA youth clinic, and league championship events.


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