British Basketball’s EuroBasket 2017 Trophy tour is off to a flying start, with Great Britain senior men’s captain there to welcome the Semashko Trophy on its first day in Britain.
Kieron Achara and local children were on hand in Glasgow, as the trophy began its four day trip across Britain.
The trophy, named after FIBA elder statesmen Nikolai Semashko, is heading to all 24 countries who qualified for this summer’s showpiece event which takes place in four countries – Turkey, Finland, Romania and Israel this summer.
The Scotland was a great success and started off at The Emirates Arena where GB Captain and Glasgow Rocks legend Kieron Achara ran a charity session with partners Scottish Sport Futures. GB and Rocks team-mate Gareth Murray was also on hand to welcome the trophy as the duo both announced contract extensions with Scotland's professional outlet.
The Trophy then traveled to Achara's home town where it stopped for some scenic photographs at the Wallace Monument before finally heading to The Peak in Stirling where partners ActiveStirling hosted a regional club training session with Stirling Knights and Falkirk Fury.
Achara, who is set to lead GB when they take their place as part of Europe’s elite this summer. They begin their campaign in Group D in Istanbul, when they face Belgium on September 1st. GB’s senior men qualified last summer from a group including Hungary, Macedonia and Luxembourg.
“To see the Semashko Trophy in Scotland brings it home that FIBA EuroBasket 2017 is almost here. I’m proud that Great Britain have qualified for the tournament and we are not going there to make up the numbers, “ he said.
“We really want the basketball public to get behind us this summer and be our sixth man.”
The Stirling native returned home to pass on his basketball skills drawn up from his London 2012 experiences and years spent playing in some of Europe’s top leagues. In the shadow of Europe’s most prestigious basketball trophy, he helped coach kids from as young as 12 at the Stirling Knights and Falkirk Fury, where he began his distinguished career.
basketballscotland Chief Executive Kevin Pringle said, “basketballscotland are really pleased to be involved in this tour and we wish the Great Britain senior men the best of luck at FIBA EuroBasket 2017.”
Ian Curryer, Interim Chair of the British Basketball Federation said, “We are very honoured that FIBA have allowed Great Britain to bring the Nikolai Semashko Trophy to our shores.
“We have a promise to transform basketball in Britain together and it’s fantastic that we have worked with basketballscotland, Basketball Wales, Basketball England and the BBL to deliver the opportunity to view the trophy in all its glory”
The Semashko Trophy is in its third version, a sterling silver bowl made by British silversmiths Thomas Lyte.
It will be awarded to the winners of FIBA EuroBasket 2017 when the final is played in Istanbul on September. It measures 26.5cm high and has a diameter of 35cm, with a texture to resemble the finish of a basketball.