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The 'Award Winning' World Club Basketball Tournament, hosted by Bexhill Giants Basketball returns to Hastings East Sussex for the third consecutive year following the successful events hosted in the inaugural year 2015 and last year.
The WCBT has grown substantially since the inaugural has been inundated with expressions of interest from countries including Pakistan, India, Spain, Germany , France, USA, Italy & Canada.
The World Club Basketball Tournament is now regarded as the number one international basketball tournament held in the UK, this year’s event will feature some of the best basketball players ever seen in England as teams including Howard Hoops (Germany ), Laconia (Greece) , Patriots Basketball (Poland) New York Court Kings ( USA) lining up against returning teams USA Select , USAF Lakenheath Eagles (USA,U-Hoops (USA) and Argyle Kings. The teams will be competing over r the 9th & 10th September to become World Club Basketball Champions at Summerfields Leisure Centre Hastings.
The WCBT will also include some of the top coaches and basketball figures in the sport, with current top players from the NBA Summer League, British Basketball League, NCAA another high calibre other European leagues.
The tournament has also caught the imagination of TV networks and media across the world, and will be filmed for a documentary focusing on the rise of the tournament and why USA players are travelling across the world looking for professional contract. The USA sports channel Got Next TV has partnered with the WCBT founder Eric Douglin and the action will be shown on their media channel to 68 countries and millions of viewers globally in the autumn.
The tournament format will consist of two groups of five teams competing in a high level competition over the weekend, there will be a dunk contest, merchandise, cheerleaders and a film crews on hand to film the event for worldwide syndicated media outlets.
There will be a free youth coaching session on Sunday 10th September starting at 10.30 am hosted by USA Select Coaching staff and players, and prizes giveaways, music and competitions over the weekend. Tickets for the tournament are £5 on both days and free to Under 16’s, with the action starting at 11:30am.
Bexhill Giants Founder Eric Douglin said “I am overwhelmed with the interest this year’s tournament has generated, considering basketball is viewed as a minority sport in.