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EABL Paves Way for Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League & Academy Basketball League

Basketball England in partnership with AoC Sport are pleased to announce the addition of two new Under-19 competitions for the 2015-16 academic year.

The Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League (WEABL) & the Academy Basketball League (ABL) will be added to complement the existing Elite Academy Basketball League (EABL) which over the last two years has risen to prominence in the 16-19 year group educationally based basketball competition.

The Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League will feature for the first time during the 2015-16 academic year. All WEABL teams are approved AASE providers and have shown high levels of performance historically. In a similar fashion to the EABL, the WEABL has its own dedicated website www.weabl.org and social media outlets (Facebook & Twitter), and will provide the players with an opportunity to test their skills at the highest level possible during the academic year.

Lloyd Gardner (Barking Abbey Director of Basketball Operations) said:

‘”I and Barking Abbey School are fully behind the new Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League, it’s an initiative that is long overdue for the elite side of girl’s schools basketball. I hope that it will act in a similar fashion to the EABL that has been hugely successful in moving forward the level of competition for boys. The WEABL will become a superb platform that will be able to provide a shop window for aspiring young females.”

With the 2015-16 EABL aligning exclusively to AASE providers a need was identified for a step-down league that would provide an identity for institutions outside of AASE but for whom prioritise basketball delivery through performance coaching & support. The Academy Basketball League (ABL) is an invitation only competition that comprises of 21 teams, split into two conferences.

Schools/Colleges that have shown high levels of performance historically make up the majority of the teams in the ABL alongside a number of AASE institutions that for competitive reasons don’t compete in the EABL.

The ABL will also benefit from a dedicated website www.eabl.org/abl and Facebook & Twitter presence.

Darren Johnson (ABL chairman & County Upper School head coach) said:

“It is great to see the amount of institutions offering elite basketball programmes in England. The ABL will offer the perfect outlet for these academic institutions.

“This new league will allow more academic basketball programmes to access a competitive performance league and gain National exposure through the website and social media accounts. The ABL will also allow more players the opportunity to be noticed by the performance pathway.

“I am looking forward to being a part of the ABL and helping the league fulfil its purpose.”
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