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The Basketball Foundation’s team consists of our Trustees, Basketball Ambassadors and a small central team.
Lynsey Edwards is Project Hub Manager managing our relationships with our local delivery partners and ensuring that the project achieves its growth objectives.
Before joining the Basketball Foundation, Lynsey worked for Badminton England, the National Governing Body for Badminton. In over 4 years at Badminton England, Lynsey worked across a number of roles starting as Regional Officer for Northumberland before taking on the position of Partnerships Manager across the North West and North East England.
Within both roles Lynsey was responsible for growing the 14+ participation offer for badminton, including Community Badminton Networks, SmashUp and No Strings Badminton. She was also involved in managing 7 Regional Performance Centres which are part of the NGB talent pathway.
Our Chief Executive is Russell Findlay. His role is to develop the strategy alongside the Board of Trustees to lead our income generation and operational work and manage national partnerships.
Before joining the Basketball Foundation in 2014, Russell led the London Youth Games Foundation, the charity behind Europe’s favourite youth sports event. In 6 years Russell led the team that grew the event to more than 100,000 athletes annually and generated over £1million of new commercial income into grassroots sport.
Our trustees are responsible for agreeing the strategy of the Foundation, managing the risks of the organisation and in ensuring good governance.
Our Chair of Trustees is Lord Wasserman, who is supported by a board who draw on experience within and outside of the basketball and sport sector.
These include representatives from Basketball England, the professional league (BBL) and British Basketball Federation.
The Basketball Foundation are piloting a programme whereby student volunteers act as Basketball Ambassadors, encouraging new participants to play the sport, across a number of universities in England.
This initiative is designed to develop employability skills in the volunteer ambassador and increase the availability of recreational basketball at Universities.
We are excited to have appointed our first 10 ambassadors across Universities from Plymouth to Leeds and looking forward to learning more about how we grow participation in the HE sector.
If you would like your University to get involved in our ambassador programme or to have more recreational basketball opportunities at your University, then please contact us
The Foundation are currently creating a national Basketball Apprenticeship programme. The goal of this programme is to develop the coaching workforce, in order to create more high quality participation opportunities as well as support those interested in developing a career in basketball coaching.
We anticipate having more details of this programme by October 2015. In the meantime, to find more information, please complete the contact us form.