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Apr 22, 2021, 7:50 pm
The West of England Basketball Association extends it condolences to the family of Vince Marriott who sadly passed away last month.
 
One aspect of Vince's life we would like to celebrate is his deep commitment to the local basketball community, which included stints on the WEBBA Committee and several local clubs. Below are some recollections from those who knew him well:
 
He was from Birmingham and was at college in the North East which is where he started coaching junior national league in Durham. He moved down to Trowbridge to work as county advisor for Design Technology; that must have been around 30 years ago. He played and coached at Frome then Trowbridge and was heavily involved in youth and schools basketball, coaching Wiltshire Schools and setting up clinics and coaching programmes. I'm sure he has been involved in many other coaching roles which I have forgotten about but he was most recently coaching Flyers Under 14.
 
He was a Coach Tutor and ran many courses for Basketball England. Andreas [Kapoulas, coach of Bristol Flyers team in BBL] was on one of these, which is where he gained his first coaching award. In addition, Vince worked on the WEBBA Committee as Development Officer and assisted me in my role of Referee Secretary when I last did the job, probably about 8 years ago. He was also a Level 3 referee.
 
He was one of these people who was mad about basketball and was involved at all levels. We often hear about people who have 'Made a Difference' to peoples' lives and Vince was one of those.
 
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Vince was instrumental in helping set up firstly the Bristol Bombers and then the Team Bath Romans. He was my assistant coach and without him the teams would not have had the success they did. A selfless person who gave so much and never stopped giving advice and help to anyone who needed it. A true gentleman of the game and he made many peoples lives richer. He will be missed so much by so many.
 
 

Message to all WEBBA members
Nov 25, 2020, 7:04 pm

Dear members,

 

Unfortunately this communication is now slightly different to what was originally planned due to a recent email from safeguarding@wiltshirebasketball.co.uk (18th November 2020). 

The complaint discussed in that email, which was submitted by WEBBA to Basketball England on 30th December 2019 has NOT been concluded as following the outcome of the disciplinary panel, WEBBA agreed to submit an appeal.  This decision to appeal was not taken lightly and involved numerous committee meetings, several conversations between myself and the Basketball England CEO and/or COO, followed by a committee meeting with the Basketball England CEO and COO in attendance, followed up by a written communication from the Basketball England CEO.   WEBBA while willing to accept the recommendations of the Basketball England investigation report, totally reject the finding of the Disciplinary Panel that WEBBA acted in an Institutionally Racist way and this is supported by the aforementioned investigation report.  WEBBA formally submitted an appeal on the 3rd November 2020 and this was acknowledged by BE on the 4th November 2020.   

 

On the 3rd of November I asked Laura Middleton - BE Safeguarding and Compliance Manager, and Stewart Kellett - BE CEO if I could email the WEBBA community on the position with regards the complaint, and I was advised that because the complaint was still ongoing then I should wait until the appeal had been heard.  As Wiltshire Wolves have chosen to communicate, Basketball England have given us permission to provide our own statement and this is attached.

 

So as I was going to say I would like to apologise for the lack of information forthcoming over the recent months, each time we got close to issuing something Covid restrictions changed and/ or things got cancelled and re-arranged, and from the latest information we are locked down again, which if we are honest there is very little hope of basketball competition before Feb 2021.

 

Basketball England update can be found here

 

However we still have to plan and move forward and this starts with the AGM, which will now be virtual and on Sunday 9th January 2021 via Video Conference Call (to be confirmed after Christmas as and when BE update is available).

 

We still plan to hold an officials conference as part of a pre-season conference but we are just trying to work that out. Please refer your club referees and coaches to Fiba IRef to review the rule changes for when basketball recommences at our level, whenever that may be. Table officials have already had an update but if you missed it please contact Owen Parker or Andy Smith who will be able to assist.  Communications for officials will resume in the near future on Assignr.

 

Times they are a changing and the committee are currently in the process of overhauling structures, arrangements, processes, and the website, through all this there will be many opportunities for more people to get involved to help us move forward, simple admin type roles that take an hour a week to much bigger projects which as a team will take more time, but without the help from additional volunteers we cannot make it happen.  If you are interested then please don’t hesitate in finding out before the AGM to see if anything takes your fancy.

 

In addition to this we are currently looking at our competition structures and how they are run to see if there are better formats and structures that suit modern life where time is so precious, and also keep costs down / bringing costs down.  If we can get this right it will hopefully open up basketball to many who currently find the sport too expensive to get involved.

 

We are always on the lookout for willing individuals to help out with the running of Basketball in the area, if you think you could help out please contact webbageneralsecretary@gmail.com.

 

We look forward to seeing you (if your camera works) at the AGM.

 

Kind regards

Steve Brocklehurst

WEBBA Chair

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR WEBBA STATEMENT 

 

 


WEBBA Committee Statement
Jun 23, 2020, 8:02 am

Dear WEBBA Community,

In what continue to be extraordinary times for our local and global communities, we very much hope that this update finds each of you safe and well. 

 

The WEBBA Committee continues to hold regular online meetings as we plan for the 20/21 season ahead, balancing our enthusiastic commitment to basketball with the need to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our members and their families whilst adhering the continuing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

 

Basketball England have published their COVID-19 Return To Play guidance, providing a "phased, flexible way forward for the sport based on an agile response to the developing government advice". Many answers to questions about how we responsibly navigate the coming months can be found there, although there are no dates for return to play set at time of writing. I encourage the community to familiarise themselves with the guidance if they have not already done so here https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/news/basketball-england-launch-return-to-play-guidance

 

Updates will be forthcoming as the picture becomes clearer over the next few weeks, and we continue to invite you to register team interest for the coming season with the respective women and mens' secretaries.

 

Further, I want to take this opportunity to state that WEBBA is committed to anti-racism, to diversity and inclusion, and deeply values its BME members. We stand with the BLM movement and the protests across the world in response to the brutal murder by police of George Floyd and centuries of systemic racism.

Black Lives Matter. 

 

Stay safe,

 

Andy Broughton 

WEBBA General Secretary 


WEBBA Announcement
May 16, 2020, 2:08 pm

Dear WEBBA Community,

I hope that this finds you safe and well.

Following the example of Basketball England and the regulations set out in the Prime Minister's recent statements in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the WEBBA Committee confirms that we are formally drawing the the 2019/2020 to a premature close.

Final League positions will be deemed to stand as they were recorded by WEBBA on 17/03/20. The results of any and all protest being considered at this time are to be considered void. 

Looking forward to the future, WEBBA League entries for the 2020/21 season- currently still scheduled to commence in September 2020- are proceeding as normal, and I warmly encourage you to contact the respective Mens and Womens League Secretaries in order to express your interest. 

 We will be getting in touch with further updates as we have them. 

On behalf of all of the WEBBA Committee, I wish all of you all the very best in these trying times and thank you very much for your co-operation. 

Stay safe, everyone!

Yours Faithfully

Andrew Broughton
WEBBA General Secretary


See below the latest from Basketball England:

 

https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/news/covid-19-what-the-latest-government-advice-means-for-basketball/


Basketball England cancel basketball activity for 2019/20 season
Mar 17, 2020, 11:04 pm

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19):

 

Basketball England has taken the decision to cancel 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.

 


Season suspended
Mar 14, 2020, 1:28 am


EGM Minutes Feb 2020
Feb 16, 2020, 8:45 pm

Please find below the minutes from the EGM

EGMMinutes


Important News
Nov 17, 2019, 12:15 am

To all WEBBA teams and players

From WEBBA Chair - Rich Wills

For the past few seasons we have ongoing issues with referee allocations - Usually this happens towards the end of the season with rescheduled games stacking up. This season we are less than two months in and we have already had to cancel games owing to a lack of referees. On top of this we have had more games cancelled / rescheduled than we would expect, this can be attributed to the Women's League fixtures having to all be rearranged following two last minute drop outs and the slow Basketball England registration system.

We have therefore had to take the unprecedented decision to cancel this year's Trophy Competition. This will allow us to move some fixtures so that we have a better chance of fulfilling all referee allocations. As we will be holding Playoffs this year we will also need all league fixtures completed by Friday 24th April. Over the next week we will be in touch to let you know about games that will be rescheduled.

Referee allocations have been an ongoing issue for as long as we can remember, and whilst we acknowledge that we dropped the ball by not organising a referee's course at the start of the season (please note we are a voluntary organisation and this season we had a lot of personnel change and a new BE system to manage), we still have had the same issues in seasons where we have organised a course. Previous Committees have tried a hard disciplinary approach with strict deadlines and fines, this season we tried an encouragement approach by raising the the referee payment significantly, but neither seem to be working.

To that end we are asking for your feedback on what more we can do to make sure that we have enough referees to serve the league. We would be happy to hear from club referees, independent referees, club secretaries and players participating in the league. Club secretaries we would be grateful if you would forward this on to the players in yours team(s).

Please send feedback via the link below.

https://drive.google.com/open…

We are working with others to host a Referees Course in January on a date where no WEBBA league games will take place. The Referees Secretary will be in touch in due course with further details.

 


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