EABL Signifies New Beginning for U19 Competition
- Updated: October 3, 2013
The U19 Men’s Premier Schools Competition has been rebranded for the 2013/14 School/College basketball season to the Elite Academy Basketball League (EABL).
Enlisting the help of Hoopsfix.com founder Sam Neter and AASE coaches Nick Drane & Jesse Sazant, England Basketball and British Colleges Sport have taken the opportunity to spotlight the top junior league and players in the country with a full rebrand and accompanying marketing strategy.
The EABL has its own dedicated logo and a website, www.eabl.org, which will include team rosters, fixtures, video, stats, and news, as well as publish regular features on players, coaches and programmes.
“I haven’t been as excited about a British basketball project for a long time,” said Sam Neter (Founder of Hoopsfix.com). “For me, this has the potential to be a long term game-changer for the sport. Providing we get the buy in from teams, I honestly believe this can set the standard moving forward – that is the goal.”
England Basketball, in partnership with British Colleges Sport, introduced the U19 competition three years ago to ensure that AASE students have access to high level competition on a weekly basis. Not only does it support players’ athletic development but also provides numerous opportunities for the coaches and NVQ staff to gather evidence for the completion of the level 3 NVQ that AASE encompasses.
In its three years of existence, the league has honed the development of a number of England and GB internationals, players who have gone on to receive scholarships domestically and abroad, and will ultimately end up playing professionally.
“I am really excited by potential of the EABL and the work that has gone into the re-branding of the league,” added Nick Drane (Copleston High School AASE Head Coach). “The standard of basketball in this league is unquestionably the highest level of junior basketball in the country and the players involved deserve the type of profile and exposure that this re-brand will give it”
The EABL currently comprises of 32 teams including all 17 AASE institutions and carefully selected basketball academy programmes that have a history of high performance within School/College competitions.