With leisure facilities closed to the general public, Team GB Maxibasketball successfully delivered their first closed training camp for female players in Sheffield last weekend in line with their permitted elite sport exemption. 56 players and staff including the GB Maxis Sports Science & Medicine team were welcomed by Coach Anita Curtis to the two-day camp. We were also delighted to receive a visit from legendary women’s basketball coach, Betty Codona, the most successful coach in British women’s basketball history. Check out our camp highlight reel in the video gallery!
Speaking about their first time with GB Maxis, a few players and staff shared their experiences saying:
“It’s not just a group of people training; it’s a focused performance programme but with a warm and welcoming family feel [player]”
“I had a great time and really enjoyed being back on a basketball court! Good to meet other players as well and get some support from the physios [player]”
“We are not preparing you to play against bad teams. We are preparing you to play against some of the best teams in the world! [coach]”
We also appreciated the continued endorsement from our existing squad members, one of whom said: “Well what a great weekend! Finally got back onto an indoor court with an amazing group of people. Massive shout out to all the coaches and physio/support staff who gave up their time for the weekend in order to look after us (we’re old, we need it) – it was really well organised.”
Next weekend, we look forward to the GB Maxis Men’s performance training camp, which will operate under the same Covid protocols. The 76-strong contingent will be welcomed by men’s programme lead, Jesse Sazant.
Both men’s and women’s programmes are currently minus a substantial number of it’s Scottish and non-UK based players, but we hope to bring them into camp in the near future when Covid restrictions are lifted.