Month: June 2017

Hinds and Lee

Hinds, Lee and Harwood-Bellis make GB U16 training squad

Congratulations to Manchester Mystics juniors Ashana Hinds, Khia Lee and new recruit Rebecca Harwood-Bellis, who have all been named in Great Britain’s Under 16 training squad ahead of the FIBA European Championships.

The first of the selection camps was held at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester over the weekend of 24-25 June.

After two days of training and team building, GB coaches selected the players they want to make up the boys’ and girls’ ‘training squads, as they prepare for the various FIBA European Championships this summer.

Basketball England

Magic’s May and England U15s finish third in Copenhagen

Manchester Magic’s Saul May helped England U15 Boys claim the bronze medal at the Copenhagen Invitational Tournament.

In the group stages, England finished with three wins out of three to advance to the semi-finals.

They beat Swedish side Malbas 82 – 56 on Thursday, followed by victories over Iceland Blue (72 – 50) on Friday and Denmark Red (90 – 78) on Saturday.

This set up a semi-final match-up against Estonia on Saturday afternoon.

They lost 58 – 83 but beat Sweden Blue 86 – 57 on Sunday to claim third place.

Kaiyem Cleary

Kaiyem Cleary makes GB U18 training squad

Congratulations to Manchester Magic’s Kaiyem Cleary, who has been selected for Great Britain Under 18 Men’s training squad in preparation for this year’s FIBA European Championships.

The first GB Under 18 selection camps were held at the Leicester Sports Arena over the weekend of 17-18 June.

After two days of training and team building, British Basketball announced the list of players selected by the coaching staff for the GB U18 Men’s and Women’s Training Squads, ahead of the various FIBA European Championships this summer.

New Logo

New Logo for Manchester Magic and Mystics

Manchester Magic and Manchester Mystics have a new logo.

Designed by André Taylforth, it has been created to:

·        Bring the two successful basketball programmes under one banner for the first time;

·         Give them a fresh, new look that will excite players and fans;

·         Increase public interest in the Magic and Mystics;

·         And bring players, parents and coaches of both clubs even closer together.

It means all Magic and Mystics teams, including the WBBL side based at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Belle Vue, will sport the same motif on match kit from next season.

The new logo will also start to appear on merchandise, banners and other promotional material over the next few weeks, as the Magic and Mystics continue their preparations for what will hopefully be another successful campaign at senior and junior level.

Taylforth is a University of Salford graduate now working as a graphic designer in Austria.

Explaining his design, he said he wanted to give the Magic and Mystics a “distinctive look” that would help them stand out from the competition and hoped fans would wear the new logo “proudly” on their chest.

“I wanted to create something that would accurately represent Manchester, in terms of the creativity that thrives in the city and the true spirit of the streets I experienced while studying there,” he added.

“This means the communication should be in your face, loud while encompassing the essence of the game.

“The logo itself was crafted by slicing a basketball, using the natural lines of the ball itself. This means the logo instantly signifies what it is. Laying another pattern over the slice made for a more beautiful composition.”

How the logo was formed…. It started with a ball.Manchester Magic New Logo Animation

Formed in the 1990s, the Magic and Mystics are two of the biggest names in British basketball and boast an enviable track record of success at junior and senior level.

In 2016/17, the Mystics, guided by Jeff Jones, won the inaugural WBBL Cup, while Paul Middleton steered the Magic to a successful defence of their National Trophy and Division One Play-Off titles.

The Magic and Mystics have won a combined total of 81 national titles in 18 seasons, with many of their players going on to earn regional and international honours.

Several youngsters have come through the junior programmes to represent the senior teams, while the Magic and Mystics have also helped many talented youngsters further their basketball careers and education in the United States.

You can view a full list of accolades – club and individual – by visiting the ‘Honours’ page on the club’s website (

The Magic and Mystics junior programmes, as well as the senior Magic team, continue to be based at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Whalley Range under the leadership of Greater Manchester Community Basketball, a charity and non-profit organisation.

The National Basketball Performance Centre in Belle Vue is now home to the senior Mystics team after Eastlands Trust took over the ownership of the WBBL franchise in August 2016.

The core logo will be used to identify both the Magic and Mystics, but Andre has a created a number of variations, including a special blue for the WBBL team.

See the logo portfolio below:

New Logos
Basketball England

Magic’s Saul May selected in England U15 squad for Copenhagen Tournament

Congratulations to Manchester Magic junior Saul May, who has been selected to represent England U15 Boys at this month’s Copenhagen Invitational Tournament.

England will be looking to defend the title which they won last year and will start their defence with a tough match up against Malbas (Sweden) on Thursday 15th June at 6:00pm (local time).

They will then move on to play Iceland Blue on Friday 16th at 5:00pm and Denmark Red on Saturday 17th at 11:00am, with placing games on Saturday and Sunday.

Keep track of England’s progress via the Tournament website here or via Twitter @CPHInvitational

Jones and Allen GB squad

Mysitcs’ Jones and Allen added to GB squad for second GB camp

Congratulations to Mystics’ Georgia Jones and Dominique Allen who has been added to the GB squad to attend Great Britain Senior Women’s training camp.

Great Britain head coach Jose Maria Buceta has tinkered with his squad and announced five exciting additions for a second preparation camp which started yesterday in Manchester.

The squad will travel to France to continue their preparation ahead of the qualification campaign for the FIBA EuroBasket Women 2019 Qualifiers which starts during November.

Gina Brierley

Mystics Alumni Brierley earns GB U20 squad call up

Congratulations to Mystics Alumni Gina Brierley who has been selected to attend Great Britain Under 20 Women’s training camp in preparation for this year’s FIBA European Championships.

Gina came through the Manchester Mystics’ junior programme and represented the senior team in the WBBL before heading to the US to attend Saint Leo University as a Freshman last year.