GB Maxibasketball Women’s programme

The GB Maxis Women’s performance programme began late in the 2017/18 basketball season, and is credited with preparing the first ever British teams (in the 40+ and 50+ categories) to compete in a World Maxibasketball Championships in Helsinki 2019, with their Women’s 50+ team achieving a 4th place championship medal. This success has contributed to the growth of the programme; our GB Women’s 35+ team were crowned European Maxibasketball Champions in 2022, alongside our Women’s 45+ and 50+ teams who secured creditable 4th place European Championship medals at the event in Malaga.  Opportunities now being offered to players in categories from 35+ through to 55/60+.

Coaching Lead: Coach CJ Lee

As well as his international coaching experience, CJ has also coached WNBL Div 1 in Southampton, before relocating to Yorkshire. He currently coaches the Sheffield Hatters WNBL team. He brings highly infectious energy into his coaching and to the GB Maxis programme.

Programme coaches: Anita Curtis, Brain Deacon, Caroline Charles, David Mason, Jimmy Smith, Martin Read, Riccardo Raggi, Roberta Guerrina and Steve Butler.

Anita Curtis

Head Coach GB Women 50+

Brian Deacon

Assistant Coach Women 35+

Caroline Charles

Asst. Coach Women GB 55+

David Mason

Head Coach Women 55+

Jimmy Smith

Assistant Coach GB Women 45+

Martin Read

Assistant Coach GB Women 50+

Roberta Guerrina

Assistant Coach Women 40+

Riccardo Raggi

Head Coach Women 45+

Steve Butler

Head Coach Women 35+

Performance Support Team: Michelle Ortega (Strength & Conditioning Coach),  Physiotherapists Mark Dayson, Marc Wheeler and Ollie Lubbock , Tamsin Philp (Sports Therapist) and newcomer Nicola Pollard (Sports Therapist).

Michelle Ortega

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Marc Wheeler

Physiotherapist (GB Women 40+)

Ollie Lubbock

Physiotherapist (GB Women 35+)

Carla Ward

Sports Therapist (GB Women 45+)

Tamsin Philp

Sports Therapist (GB Women 50+)

Mark Dayson

Physiotherapist (GB Women 55+)

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We welcome all enquiries about the GB Maxibasketball programme and are happy to provide further information on how to join, either as a Player, Coach or member of our Sports Science & Medicine Team. Please give brief details using the contact form below of your can email us

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