Students Staff

6 June 2014

Essex set to host GB Basketball training camp

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Harriet-Ottewill-Soulsby who is part of the Under 20 squad

Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby who is part of the senior women’s squad as well as the Under 20 squad

GB Basketball is bringing its Under 20 training camps to the University’s Colchester Campus this summer.

The elite young men and women will be making full use of the University’s sports facilities and expertise as they prepare for the European Championships in July. The University has invested heavily in its basketball programme and is attracting talented young players from around the world through its attractive sport scholarship programme.

Mark Lloyd, the University’s Basketball Performance Coach, who also manages the GB senior men’s team, said: “It’s fantastic that the Great Britain U20 teams are coming to undertake their preparation camps here at the University. We have excellent facilities and resources that will help shape the best possible preparation for their European Championship campaign.

“With our own ‘Performance Basketball Programme’ being launched this summer it really is an exciting time for the sport at the University and in the East of England.”

National Teams Director Warwick Cann said: “British Basketball is pleased to be offered the opportunity to base the U20s programmes at the University of Essex. We think it’s a great venue because it has all the facilities to run a high-performance programme.

“The expertise of the university staff offers another compelling reason to base the camps there and we are looking forward to our stay.”

The Under 20s men’s team head to Crete in July where they face Latvia, Hungary, Greece and Lithuania in Group with the top three going to the next phase.

The women’s team will be playing their Division B games in Sofia, Bulgaria in July. Their round robin format sees them facing Bosnia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Israel, Lithuania and Norway over a ten-day period. The top two teams will be promoted to Division A.

Sports scholarships at the University of Essex are available to talented basketball players.

 

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