You may be aware that Basketball England has today communicated with its membership to gauge their opinions on a potential financial levy to provide additional funds for the British Basketball Federation (BBF) and the GB basketball teams which they oversee.
We would like to inform the membership in Scotland that representatives of the Board of basketballscotland and Chief Executive started an informal process six weeks ago where we began to arrange face-to-face meetings with those clubs who have historically contributed players to GB basketball.
The purpose of the meetings was to better understand the clubs’ first-hand experiences of GB basketball, their thoughts on the idea of a financial levy and how it would be received by their club members, and their thoughts on how the GB basketball system might be improved. The overwhelming opinion thus far has been that there is not a strong appetite for a levy at this time. The process of meeting with clubs continues.
We are prepared to formally ask the wider membership their opinions on a number of alternatives, one of which may be a financial levy, if this is deemed necessary as we work towards determining a workable and sustainable model for the BBF and GB basketball.
For background information on changes at the BBF and Scotland’s position, click HERE to read this statement by Interim Chair of basketballscotland, David Davies.