Non-elite senior and junior basketball leagues suspended ahead of second lockdown

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PRESTON, England – Basketball England announced on Wednesday that all non-elite senior and junior basketball has been suspended following the government announcement of a new four-week national lockdown starting on Thursday, Nov. 5.

The suspension includes NBL Division Two and Three trainings and competitions, all junior NBL leagues and all AoC Sport leagues – EABL, WEABL and ABL. Basketball England and Aoc Sport have confirmed the halt of the 2020-21 season until early 2021 for all leagues and competitions.

“Getting basketball prepared for a return to play has taken real determination and commitment from members and volunteers across our game and I want to thank everyone for their vital contributions,” said Basketball England CEO Stewart Kellett. “Although this announcement and the temporary halt to the sport is disappointing and frustrating, we must all continue to play our part to follow the Government’s ruling and help the country get the virus under control.

“However, the health, safety and well-being of our members and the wider basketball community remains our priority, so it is extremely important clubs, players, coaches, officials, officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the Government’s new national restrictions during this period.”

Basketball within education, however, can continue if sporting activity is part of an educational course, but training must comply with Level 2 of Return to Play guidance.

Currently the only competitions allowed to continue training and league competition are the Men’s and Women’s British Basketball Leagues and NBL and WNBL Division One.

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Allen Gunn is a graduate of the University of Salford with a Masters degree in Journalism.