Clubs join forces to form new scheme

WELLINGBOROUGH PHOENIX and Northampton Nets have joined forces to help further provide basketball at an elite level in the county with the formation of Northamptonshire Elite Basketball Club (NEBC).

Both clubs will continue their identities in developing new players enhancing and improving the local leagues within Northamptonshire.

But this new scheme will see a new player pathway developed in an integrated national league structure within NEBC allowing a fully integrated pathway from junior to senior.

Between them, in the last two years, the two clubs have won the EBL Women’s Division Two title, finished runners-up in Men’s Division Three and achieved three junior age-group national final four appearances, National League Premiership and conference league wins and numerous play-off appearances.

And both clubs believe this new move will maximise the resources of both for the benefit of the county as a whole.

“Wellingborough Phoenix and Northampton Nets have both made extraordinary progress since commencing national league programmes,” said Pete Burgoine, Wellingborough Phoenix chairman.

“The formation of NEBC will further assure the future of the programme and allow the teams to maximise the opportunity for all players and coaches who aspire to perform at the top level.

“It will also widen the recruitment net for players and coaches of both sexes with senior national league ambitions.

It is a vital component that Wellingborough Phoenix will still exist to continue it’s excellent work in developing youngsters in local primary schools.

“And the continued co-operation with Nets allows this programme to be extended into more areas of the county for the benefit of both clubs. It promises to be an exciting future.”

Sue Elliott-King, chairman of Northampton Nets, added: “The formation of NEBC is a natural progression of two clubs who have worked very closely to improve the standard and level of basketball being played and officiated in the county.

“A critical success factor is that we continue to develop players and the game at local level and support County Association initiatives.

“This new set-up provides a framework that will hopefully meet every player’s needs, whatever their level.”