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England Basketball to relocate HQ

4 August 2003
Leeds, England

England Basketball is moving to the EIS in Sheffield and selling their premises in Leeds.

Having been based in Leeds for the past thirteen years, the staff at the governing body are looking forward to the move that will give them access to high performance facilities and services and at the same time ease their financial situation.

England Basketball CEO, Keith Mair said the move was a 'great relief'.

"Our current property is in a dilapidated state, is in a bad location for people trying to come and see us, and was costing us money that we could ill afford" he said.

"This move will free up some funds which will allow us to repay some debts. It will also provide the staff with an elite sports working environment. All of the staff are very excited about this."

EIS Sheffield is one of nine regional multi-sport hub sites, supported by 35 satellite centres, which make up the English Institute of Sport.

Facilities at the centre include an indoor 200m track and ‘sprint’ straight for athletics and specialist facilities for a range of sports including basketball, badminton, judo, boxing, and table tennis. In addition there are state of the art support facilities such as a hydrotherapy pool, a fitness suite, an ice treatment room, a fitness testing area and a conditioning suite.

Despite basketball not having a lottery-funded performance programme, the four courts within EIS Sheffield will be available for use by local teams and national tournaments and camps.

It was during November of 1990 that England Basketball moved from Calomax House in Leeds to the current location, 48 Bradford Road, some 10 miles away in Stanningley. EB bought the building on Bradford Road (a former Midland bank branch) in hopes that there would be, “…much more scope for development of the property in years to come” (Zone Press, Ed. 12, 1990). However, very little development was achieved for the first several years and another plan for relocation was in the works as early as 1998.

EIS Sheffield is located between Don Valley Stadium and Sheffield Hallam Arena in a rapidly growing area of business and trade in the city. It can be found at the junction of Coleridge Road and Attercliffe Common – a 5-10 minute drive from junction 34 of the M1 motorway and Meadowhall Shopping Centre.

The move is expected to happen before the start of the 2003-2004 season.

Source: EB

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