In this week’s edition of our newsletter you’ll find: The Weekend Wrap, Next Home Games, Magic And Mystics April Community Camp, 3×3 Holiday Tournament And 3-Point Contest, Tesco’s Bags Of Help, On The Website, Want To Play 3×3 Basketball?, Fancy Joining Our Community Leagues?, Shop Online?, Community Sessions, Walking Basketball At Amaechi Basketball Centre and National League Fixtures And Results. We hope you enjoy it.
The Weekend Wrap
Manchester Magic lost at home (61-73) on Saturday and away (79-75) on Sunday to Loughborough Student Riders, who were crowned League Champions.
On Saturday the Magic were led by Donte Gittens (15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals), with support from Lee Goldsbrough (12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks), Ryan Lewis (13 points), Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo (8 points and 5 rebounds), Richard Bell (8 points and 5 rebounds) and Michael Anumba (6 points, 5 assists and 3 steals).
On Sunday the Magic were led by Stefan Gill (25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals), with support from Donte Gittens (18 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and a block), Lee Goldsbrough (8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and a block), Ryan Lewis (7 points and 7 rebounds), Richard Bell (7 points and 6 rebounds) and Michael Anumba (6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists).
Magic have secured a place in the play-offs taking the 8th spot and they will face up again against Loughborough Student Riders in the first round.
Up next the Magic is the re-arranged trip to Worthing Thunder on Saturday 31st March at 7:30pm for Magic’s final NBL Division 1 Men league game before the play-offs begin.
Manchester Mystics had the weekend off as the other two teams from their WBBL Trophy pool faced off with Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters coming out the victors, 67-58, over Durham Palatinate.
The next game for the Mystics will be on Saturday 31st March against Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters at 4:00pm at the National Basketball Performance Centre in the WBBL trophy.
Magic 2 Seniors beat Sefton Stars 100-72, they finish 8th in Division Four North with a 10-12 record.
It was fantastic performance from the Magic U18 to beat Myerscough College 86-84 at home on Saturday. The followed it up with an emphatic 92-47 victory over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Juniors Sharks on Sunday to finish with a 15-5 record, they are awaiting other results to find out their final league placing in the Premier North.
Mystics U18 beat City of Leeds 101-38 at home; they have one game outstanding against Charnwood College Riders, the Mystics U18 currently sit in 3rd place with a 14-6 record.
Magic U16 beat Sheffield Juniors Sharks 78-63 on the road, Magic U16 finish Premier North Champions with a 15-1 record.
Mystics U16 beat Southend Swifts 75-45 at home, Mystics U16 finished in 6th in the Premier division with a 10-10 record.
Mystics 2 U16 lost 84-53 at Northamptonshire Titans on Saturday and then went on to beat Leicester Warriors 71-42 in their final league game on Sunday, they finish 4th in the North region, with 9-9 record.
Mystics 2 U14 stunned Hatfield Fliers to win 45-44 at home having lost by 34 points in the previous meeting, Mystics 2 U14 finish 7th in the North region, with a 3-11 record.
Magic 3 U14 completed their regular season with 70-46 victory at Stockport Falcons 2 on Tuesday evening. Magic 3 U14 finish 2nd on head-to-head record over Oldham Eagles, with a record of 16-5, it looks like they will just miss out on a place in the play-offs.
Next Home Games
Manchester Mystics vs Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters
Saturday 31st March at Worthing Thunder at 7:30pm
Saturday 7th April (TBC) at Loughborough Student Riders at TBC Play-off Quarter Final
Upcoming Mystics fixtures:
Saturday 31st March vs Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters at 4:00pm WBBL Trophy
Saturday 7th April WBBL Trophy Semi-Final
Saturday 14th April WBBL Trophy Final
Friday 20th April at Leicester Riders at 5:00pm Saturday 28th April vs Sevenoaks Suns at 4:00pm (NBL Finals weekend clashes so tip-off time may change)
Magic and Mystics April Community Camp
The Manchester Magic and Manchester Mystics will be holding a four-day basketball camp this April. The camp will run from Tuesday 3rd April to Friday 6th April.
It’s for children in aged 5 – 16 years old and will run from 9:30am to 3:30pm each day. All abilities welcome.
You’ll get expert tuition from some of the top National League coaches in the country, together with some of our senior Magic stars.
The cost of the camp is £40 for the full four days or £12 per day, if you book by Wednesday 28th March.
To book call 0161 881 0090 or call in at the Centre.
You can pay by cash, card or cheque. Cheques are payable to GMCB.
3×3 Holiday Tournament And 3-Point Contest
3×3 Tournaments details:U14s Tuesday 10th April 10am-2pm
U16s Wednesday 11th April 10am-2pm
U18s Thurday 12th April 10am-2pm
Finals day: Friday 13th April 10am-1pm
Entry £20 per team of 4
Greater Manchester Community Basketball is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Greater Manchester Community Basketball is one of the groups on the shortlist.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store during March and April on who should receive the £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.
Want to play 3×3 basketball? We’re planning on running leagues for men, women and juniors on Wednesday and Sunday nights (8pm-10pm) at the Amaechi Basketball Centre. If you would like to register your interest or want to know more, drop an email to Toloe, our Basketball Development Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 0161 881 0090.Why 3×3?
It’s growing hugely in popularity.
It’s simple to play.
It’s exciting to watch
Each squad only needs 4 players
And each squad plays several games in one night
Oh, and it will become an Olympic sport at the Tokyo Games in 2020
Fancy Joining Our Community Leagues?
We’re looking for teams to join our Monday night Adult leagues and Friday night leagues.
Our Monday adult leagues, which restarted on Monday 18th September after the summer break. It costs just £24 per team per game and you’ll be playing at the fantastic Amaechi Basketball Centre in Whalley Range. If you’d like to enter a team or want to know more, contact league organiser Jane Thomas-Johnson on 07968 077138.
We’re looking for junior teams – boys and girls – to join our Friday Night Leagues at the Amaechi Basketball Centre.
We are running 4 leagues in total: A Foundation League for mixed abilities (Approximate age range: 8-12). A Development League; (Age range: 9-13); A Premier League for players just below National League standard (Age range: 12-15); and a College League (Age range: 14-17).
If you are interested and want to know more, contact Phil Gordos on 07872412926 or the office on 0161 881 0090.
Shop Online? (Double donation week have been extended for another week, 18th-24th on selected online stores)
Pick from nearly 3,000 retailers and shop as usual, from your weekly shop to your next holiday there are so many different ways of raising funding from retailers via the easyfundraising.org.uk site
The club earns money from the retailer for your purchases
You can even save money with latest offers sent via email, install donation reminder to your browser and never forgot to donate, remember it doesn’t cost you anything more to do so and the club will benefit massively from the money raised.
There are nearly 3,000 online retailers that are signed up to donate via easyfundraising.org.ukincluding Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ebay, Apple Store, asos, Boots, Currys, Debenhams, Game, LateRooms.com, Next, Sainsbury’s, SportsDirect.com, Travel Lodge, vodafone, Hungry House, Just Eat, Jet2Holidays, Thomas Cook, Hotels.com, Thomson and many more, so if you use any shop at any of them please consider helping us, it costs you nothing other than a few minutes of your time.
Thank You in advance.
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Manchester Magic and Mystics in the Community, Coaching Sessions:
5:30 – 6:30pm Year 3-6 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £2.50
6:30 – 7:30pm Year 7-11 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £2.50 7:30 – 9:45pm Open Age Leagues Men & Women – £24 per Team
8:30 – 9:30pm Adult-only session for Men and Women who want to learn how to play basketball – £2.50
5:45 – 6:30pm Turn-Up-And-Play Year 3-6 Boys & Girls – £2.50
6:30 – 9:30pm Year 7-13 Coaching/Games Boys & Girls – £16 per Team
9:15 – 10:15am Tiny Tots Age 3 – 5 Coaching Boys and Girls – £2.50
9:15 – 11:00am Primary Boys Year 1 – 6 Practice followed by Games – £4
9:15 – 11:00am Primary Girls Year 1 – 6 Practice followed by Games – £4
For Saturday morning primary sessions: Groups are not meant to be a rigid division of school Years, just a guideline. Just get there and enjoy yourself!
For Tiny Tots sessions we say 3-5 year olds, however, it is up to the parent’s understanding of their child as to whether they feel the child can cope with the session.
Please Note: Community Sessions will be on a break from Friday 30th March and will resume on Friday 13th April.
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.