Coronavirus: Basketball England to suspend all basketball activity for two weeks

Basketball England has taken the decision to suspend all affiliated basketball activity for an initial two-week period because of the coronavirus outbreak. This means all Hoods matches and training will be suspended until further notice from the governing body.

This action will include National Leagues and competitions, England national teams, Academy leagues, talent programmes including Aspire, affiliated local leagues and Basketball England education courses.

The suspension of all activity will commence from 9am on Saturday, March 14.

The decision has been taken in consultation with Basketball England’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Dane Vishnubala and follows careful analysis of the advice issued by the UK Government and regular BE board discussions to assess the full range of information.

It has been made in the interests of the health and safety of our members, their friends and families and the wider community.

We understand the decision may result in inconvenience and disappointment to players, coaches, officials, volunteers and supporters at a key period of the season, but it is our duty to protect everyone associated to our sport.

We are here to service all in our great game and recommend anyone involved who isn’t a BE member to follow this ruling.

We believe the decision is necessary to mitigate the transmission risk posed when people gather and to assist in fighting the spread of the illness in the population.

Updates will be issued on a regular basis.

Further enquiries – contact details

National League clubs: nationalleague@basketballengland.co.uk

National teams: Further announcements will be made in due course.

Talent programme players/coaches: Contact your regional talent manager

Local leagues: Teams should contact your local league organiser, league secretaries should contact BE Relationship and Co-ordination managers – David Dunwell David.dunwell@basketballengland.co.uk (North West, North East), Sam Lewis sam.lewis@basketballengland.co.uk (West Mids, South West, South) Laura Doherty laura.doherty@basketballengland.co.uk (East, East Midlands, London, South East).

Officials: For NBL competitions, Assignr has been updated with all games cancelled. Please accept the cancelled game on Assignr so we know you are aware that the game has been cancelled. Clubs are asked to contact the officials they have appointed directly.

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