Basketball Wales launches new National League
Basketball Wales has officially launched a new national league to showcase the best of the nation.
The creation of the Basketball Wales National League (BWNL) – Wales’ first-ever national league competition is set to begin in mid-October with eight men’s teams from across the country competing.
“This is a big step forward for the game in Wales, bringing together some of our best coaches, teams and players in one league,” said Basketball Wales chairman Gavin Williams.
“Our hope is that this will generate more interest in the game and inspire people across the country to fall in love with basketball, play the sport or start playing again.
“The first season is shaping up to be very exciting, with representatives from across the country playing for the pride of their communities in Ynys Mon, Mold, Aberystwyth, Rhondda, Cardiff, Bridgend and Cheshire.
“Good luck to all of the competing teams, and I know I can speak on behalf of the entire Wales basketball community when I say we can’t wait for the action to begin.”
This is another big step for the sport in Wales, with their national team regularly invited to the British Basketball League Trophy competition with the country’s professional team, Cardiff Met Archers playing in the Women’s British Basketball League.
And with the BWNL, Basketball Wales is excited to see the impact of this National League in promoting and increasing interest in the game across the country.
“Wales already have a strong fundamentals in basketball, with two well established and successful regional leagues in North and South Wales, but the BWNL will connect the country through basketball from in a way it has never been before, providing an elite basketball league for the best teams in Wales, ”addedthe official president of the BWNL James Morgans.
“This is only the start for BWNL, with eight excellent teams coming into our first season, but we have great ambitions for the future of growing this men’s league and developing female and junior equivalents, showing the how exciting nation we have in Wales.