Hoops Heroes: Eric Douglin – basketball coach, tournament organiser, kidney disease survivor
WORLD CLUB BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT WINS PRESTIGOUS AWARD
Bexhill Giants Basketball Club Founder Eric Douglin , was just beaten to the Volunteer of the Year accolade at the Sussex Sports Awards, at the prestigious black tie event, which was held at The Grand Hotel in Brighton last Friday.
Douglin, who founded the Giants in 1999, finished as one of the two runners-up behind the winner, Luke Boorer, of Hellingly Hound Dogs , American Football Team.
The Giants coach, was already thrilled to make the shortlist following the Club’s in organising and hosting the World Club Basketball Tournament, they hosted in Hastings this September, and saw 10 teams from countries including Germany Canada, USA and Poland competing in the UK’s No1 International basketball tournament . The tournament weekend also included free youth coaching sessions and raised funds and awareness for its designated charity Kidney Research UK , which plays an important place in his life after receiving a kidney from his wife in 2010.
They guests at the Awards ceremony were joined by hundreds of other sportsmen and women during the evening, which was presented by BBC Sussex DJ Danny Pike and had Invictus Games Gold Medallist , Mike Goody as its special guest.
The Giants founder was one of three Bexhill representatives to make this year’s shortlist at the event which indicated how well sport in the region is doing.
Douglin said: “It was such a privilege to share the evening with fantastic sporting ambassadors, which included Olympic & Para Olympic, Invictus Games Medallists , International Sports Stars and grassroots volunteers. There were so many heroes and inspirational stories shared, which highlighted the importance sport plays in people's lives. Being selected as a Top 3 Finalist in the 'Volunteer of the Year' category from hundreds of entries and attending the Finals for the second time in three years was a very humbling experience.
The Giants founder has already has two events planned for 2018 - the International Challenge Tournament in February and the fourth World Club Basketball Tournament in September.
INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT HOSTED BY BEXHILL GIANTS A GREAT SUCCESS - 23 FEB 2016
Bexhill Giants Basketball were crowned winners at the Spark Awards and presented with the Winners Trophy and Certificate in the Sports Achievement Category at the Awards ceremony held at the Winter Gardens in Eastbourne last Tuesday 11th May 2016. The award was selected in first place from an impressive list of entries for the World Club Basketball Tournament, the Club Founder Eric Douglin organised and hosted at Summerfields Leisure Centre, Hastings last September.
The international tournament saw teams representing countries including USA, Philippines , Great Britain and England compete in a high calibre field over two days in front of hundreds of spectators in a competition which saw USA Select Basketball crowned Category A winners and the Bexhill Giants win the Category B section. The weekend also included a well-attended free youth coaching clinic for run by the USA Select coaching staff.
Eric Douglin said " The awards provided a fantastic opportunity for to showcase and celebrate the work of the member groups , voluntary and community groups working with children and young people in East Sussex and I was overwhelmed and surprised to receive the award from such a tough category. It’s great to see the growth of the tournament which is now recognised across the world as an event to be a part of. I'd like to thank Spark for their continued support of the Bexhill Giants over the years"
This award follows on from the Direct Line Group Chief Executive Award , won my Douglin at a presentation at Wembley Stadium last month for services to the Community and fundraising raised at the tournament for Kidney Research UK.
Preparations are currently underway for the World Club Basketball Tournament 2016 , with entries already received from teams including Hawaii, Serbia, USA, Spain and England.
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World Club Basketball Founder - Eric Douglin collects the Spark Award from Wave CEO Duncan Kerr
BEXHILL GIANTS PIPPED FOR TOP COUNTY AWARD 2015
Bexhill Giants Basketball Club continued to establish themselves on the international basketball map when they hosted the International Challenge Tournament, in aid of Kidney Research UK at the Bexhill Leisure Centre last Sunday.
The four team Round Robin tournament included a Sussex Elite side made up of the best players in the county along with United Nations Basketball Club (UNBC) a team full of overseas players , Summers Madness including British Basketball League players & and London based Argyle Kings.
The opening match saw the Argyle Kings face Sussex Elite and despite a spirited display by the Elite team they couldn't keep up with the pace of the Kings team which after a tense opening ran out comfortable winners 47-30.
The second match saw the two tournament favourites UNBC, face off against an equally formidable Summer Madness side, with both teams stacked with ex and current professional players. The impressive crowed were treated to a fantastic match of skill and passion as both teams traded baskets in the first few minutes. However UNBC were able to impose their continental flair and teamwork, scoring unanswered points in the final minutes to run out winners 46-32.
Summer Madness had no time to rest as they were straight onto their next match against the impressive Argyle Kings, and the Madness side showed no signs of fatigue and they put the Kings the sword with an excellent display of controlled teamwork. Although the Kings rallied to the end they were no match for the Summer Madness team which ran out winners 48-38.
The fourth match of the tournament saw Sussex Elite, which included five former Bexhill Giants players in their line-up take on the impressive UNBC, and the early signs were not good for Sussex as UNBC ran into an early 20-4 lead with a master class in outside shooting. To their credit Elite made a brief rally and never dropped their heads, however UNBC won their second match with a comfortable margin of 49-27.
UNBC were straight back into action in game five knowing that a victory against the strong Argyle Kings would hand them the title and automatic entry into this summers World Club Basketball Tournament, hosted by Bexhill Giants. The Kings came out taking the game to the Champions Elect taking an early 6-0 lead, however UNBC showed no signs of panic and chipped away at the lead, before taking the win 59-47 and the title with an unassailable 3-0 winning record.
The final match of the event saw Sussex Elite looking to finish the tournament with their first victory against a Summer Madness, who would be crowned runners up with a victory against the winless Sussex side. Both teams played an intensity throughout the tight encounter , and traded baskets throughout and could only be separated by a buzzer beating 3 pointer which saw Sussex home with the narrowest of victories 47-46, and Summer Madness finish runners up by virtue of their earlier win over Argyle Kings.
Giants Chairman & World Club Basketball Tournament Founder Eric Douglin said " Thanks to all of the teams , officials and spectators for making this a special day in the England basketball calendar. The calibre of players was exceptional and bodes ell for the World Club Basketball Tournament in September" It was also a good day as we raised funds and awareness for Kidney Research UK and thanks to our sponsors BigFoot Basketball Supplies and Macron Store Hastings.