In this week’s edition of our newsletter you’ll find: New Logo For Manchester Magic And Mystics, Another Chance To Try Out For The Mystics, Fancy Joining Our Community Leagues On Friday Nights?, Mystics Looking For Volunteer Coaches To Join Their National League Programme, Magic’s Saul May Selected In England U15 Squad For Copenhagen Tournament, North West U11 Finish Second In Regional Tournament, Shop Online?, Community Sessions, Walking Basketball At Amaechi Basketball Centre and We Are Running Another Level Two Referees Course. We hope you enjoy it.
Manchester Magic and Manchester Mystics have a new logo.
Designed by André Taylforth, it has been created to:
· Bring the two successful basketball programmes under one banner for the first time;
· Give them a fresh, new look that will excite players and fans;
· Increase public interest in the Magic and Mystics;
· And bring players, parents and coaches of both clubs even closer together.
It means all Magic and Mystics teams, including the WBBL side based at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Belle Vue, will sport the same motif on match kit from next season.
The new logo will also start to appear on merchandise, banners and other promotional material over the next few weeks, as the Magic and Mystics continue their preparations for what will hopefully be another successful campaign at senior and junior level.
Taylforth is a University of Salford graduate now working as a graphic designer in Austria.
Explaining his design, he said he wanted to give the Magic and Mystics a “distinctive look” that would help them stand out from the competition and hoped fans would wear the new logo “proudly” on their chest.
“I wanted to create something that would accurately represent Manchester, in terms of the creativity that thrives in the city and the true spirit of the streets I experienced while studying there,” he added.
“This means the communication should be in your face, loud while encompassing the essence of the game.
“The logo itself was crafted by slicing a basketball, using the natural lines of the ball itself. This means the logo instantly signifies what it is. Laying another pattern over the slice made for a more beautiful composition.”
How the logo was formed…. It started with a ball.
Formed in the 1990s, the Magic and Mystics are two of the biggest names in British basketball and boast an enviable track record of success at junior and senior level.
In 2016/17, the Mystics, guided by Jeff Jones, won the inaugural WBBL Cup, while Paul Middleton steered the Magic to a successful defence of their National Trophy and Division One Play-Off titles.
The Magic and Mystics have won a combined total of 81 national titles in 18 seasons, with many of their players going on to earn regional and international honours.
Several youngsters have come through the junior programmes to represent the senior teams, while the Magic and Mystics have also helped many talented youngsters further their basketball careers and education in the United States.
The Magic and Mystics junior programmes, as well as the senior Magic team, continue to be based at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Whalley Range under the leadership of Greater Manchester Community Basketball, a charity and non-profit organisation.
The National Basketball Performance Centre in Belle Vue is now home to the senior Mystics team after Eastlands Trust took over the ownership of the WBBL franchise in August 2016.
The core logo will be used to identify both the Magic and Mystics, but Andre has a created a number of variations, including a special blue for the WBBL team.See the logo portfolio below:
Another Chance To Try Out For The Mystics
Manchester Mystics will be holding another trial for players later this month as they continue to seek new talent for their expanding junior programme.
Girls who can play at Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 level are welcome to attend the tryout on Saturday 17th June at the Amaechi Basketball Centre.
3:00pm-4:00pm: Under 12 and Under 14 (Current School Years 5, 6, 7, 8)
4:00pm-5:00pm: Under 15 and Under 16 (Current School Years 9, 10)
Amaechi Basketball Centre, Wilbraham Road, Manchester, M16 8GW.
The trial, which is free to attend, has been organised by Aurimas Verbukas, who recently took charge of the Mystics junior programme.
Mystics Looking For Volunteer Coaches To Join Their National League Programme
Manchester Mystics are on the lookout for volunteer coaches to join their successful junior National League programme.
They need passionate and dedicated individuals whose motivation is helping players develop and succeed, both on and off the court.
Based at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Whalley Range, the Mystics have a track record of nurturing some of the best young talent in the country and run sides at Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 level.
They have recently created a second team to compete at Under 16 level in the 2017/18 season.
Magic’s Saul May Selected In England U15 Squad For Copenhagen Tournament
Congratulations to Manchester Magic Junior Saul May who has been selected to represent England U15 Boys at the Copenhagen Tournament.
The England Under 15 Boys will be looking to defend the title which they won last year and will start their defence with a tough match up against Malbas (Sweden) on Thursday 15th June at 6:00pm (local time). They will then move on to play Iceland (blue) on Friday 16th at 5:00pm and Denmark (red) on Saturday 17th at 11:00am, with placing games on Saturday and Sunday.
North West U11 Finish Second In Regional Tournament
Congratulations to all the North West U11 players who represented the region this past weekend at All Saints in Sheffield. The team, which contained numerous players involved in the Magic programme, finished the tournament undefeated and in second place on points difference.
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Manchester Magic and Mystics in the Community, Coaching Sessions:
5:30 – 6:30pm Year 3-6 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £2
6:30 – 7:30pm Year 7-11 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £2 7:30 – 9:45pm Open Age Leagues Men & Women – £21 per Team
8:30 – 9:30pm Adult-only session for Men and Women who want to learn how to play basketball – £1
5:00 – 6:00pm Boys and Girls Session Ages 14 – 18 – £2
7:15 – 8:45pm Year 7-13 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £16 per Team
9:15 – 10:00am Primary Year 1 & 2 Coaching Boys and Girls – £1.50
9:15 – 11:00am Primary Year 3 – 6 Practice followed by Games Boys and Girls – £3
Walking Basketball At Amaechi Basketball Centre
Walking Basketball at Amaechi Basketball Centre
Sundays 7:00pm – 8:30pm £3
Walking Basketball delivers a walking paced version of the fast and furious game we are all used to.
Walking Basketball is suitable for all irrespective of gender, age, size, ability and/or impairment.