Year: 2019

Magic U14 Battle In The Capital Champions 2019

Magic success at Battle in the Capital

The Manchester Magic U14s were crowned champions of the Battle in the Capital in London over the weekend after winning all their games en-route to the final.

They beat Surrey Rams 40-25, Zentro Basket 27-12, Baltic Stars 43-23, Sussex Bears 45-32 in the semi-final and Newham Youngbloods 41-39 in the final.

Magic U16 were also in attendance, they beat Luton 40-25, West Herts Warriors 34-19 and Northern Ireland 34-23 before losing 63-23 to Newham Youngbloods in the Semi-Finals, and lost 50-34 against Baltic Stars to finish in 4th place.

Magic and Mystics selected for Tri-Nations tournament

Magic and Mystics selected for Tri-Nations Tournament

Congratulations to Manchester Magic and Mystics’ Emmanuel Oyebadejo (U16), Eleni Vourliotis (U16), Saul May (U18) and Jade Mbam (U18) who have been selected to represent England in a new Tri-Nations Tournament at the National Basketball Performance Centre on 21st and 22nd December.

The event aims to provide an opportunity for Under 16 and Under 18 male and female players from across Britain to come together to showcase their talents, with teams from England, Scotland and Wales in attendance.

Full schedule can be found here

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Jones in Great Britain Women Squad for EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers

Manchester Mystics’ Georgia Jones has been selected as part of the Great Britain Women Squad to face Poland and Belarus in the upcoming EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers.

Jones will be joined by formers Mystics, Hannah Shaw, Mollie Campbell and Nicolette Fong Lyew Quee in the 14-strong squad at training camp, full squad here

Great Britain Women face Poland in Poland on Thursday 14th November at 5:15pm, before facing Belarus at the National Basketball Performance Centre, Belle Vue, Manchester on Sunday 17th November at 5:00pm.

Tickets are available here:

Magic and Mystics Academy New Kit

Academy and U18 teams get new kit and sponsors

The Manchester Magic and Manchester Mystics EABL, WEABL and National League U18 teams will be the proud wearers of new match kit in the coming weeks.

The club has teamed up with Alpha Performance to provide players with superbly-designed and lightweight sublimated tops and shorts for games.

The boys’ kit will be sponsored by Homeclean, the largest cleaning company in the UK, while

Fostering Changes Life, a small independent organisation which recruits foster carers, will sponsor the girls’ kit.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Homeclean and Fostering Changes Life for their backing,” said club chief executive Phil Gordos.

“I think the kit looks amazing and I’ve had some great feedback from the players. I’m sure they are looking forward to wearing it.”

You can find out more about Homeclean and Fostering Changes Life by visiting their websites or following them on social media.

Information about our sponsors:


“We provide you with a trustworthy, experienced and reliable cleaner within just two hours of making your booking. When you book a cleaner with us, you know you can relax and look forward to a beautiful home or office.”


Twitter: @Homeclean_UK

Facebook: @HomecleanManchester

Fostering Changes Life

“Fostering Changes Life is a small independent organisation which recruits foster carers. It doesn’t matter if you own your home or rent it as long as you have one spare bedroom!”


Facebook: @fosteringchangeslife

Pure Sweat comes to the Manchester Basketball Centre

Pure Sweat comes to the Manchester Basketball Centre

Pure Sweat basketball clinic featuring Drew Hanlen and Coach G comes to the Manchester Basketball Centre on Sunday 24th November from 3:00pm – 6:00pm for ages 13 – 21 year olds, boys and girls.

The event will cost £40 and includes a free T-shirt. Coaches can get a sideline pass for £35.

To register go to

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Richard Bell NBL D2 Player of the Week

Richard Bell named NBL Division 2 Player of the Week – Week 1

Grabbing the first Player of the Week award of the new season in NBL Division Two is Manchester Magic’s Richard Bell.

The talented forward helped his side get off to a winning start as the Magic defeated Derbyshire Spartans 80-70. Bell contributed 21 points to go with 17 rebounds, four assists and seven blocks for an efficiency rating of 40.

“I’m very pleased to have received D2M Player of the Week award but I’m more happy with the way we have started our season in D2,” said Bell. “Coming down from Division One, we have a point to prove this year and we are playing with a chip on our shoulders. I’m excited for the season.”

Source: Basketball England

D2 MVP Magic Stats Richard Bell vs Derbyshire Spartans 2019-20
Magic and Mystics agree new Total Physio deal

Magic and Mystics agree new Total Physio deal

Manchester Magic and Manchester Mystics have renewed their partnership with Total Physiotherapy Limited for the 2019/20 season.

It means that the Magic’s NBL Division 2 North and the Magic and Mystics junior NBL teams will once again have the expert support of one of the best physiotherapy businesses in the country.

“It’s so important to give our players the best care we can during what will be another challenging but hopefully successful season,” said club chief executive Phil Gordos.

“To have Total Physiotherapy Limited in our corner again is fantastic news.

“They have backed us for a number of years now and we couldn’t achieve what we do without them. It really makes all the difference.”

Total Physiotherapy Limited run clinics nationwide for people of all ages, with the aim of supporting and inspiring active lifestyles through expert physiotherapy, health and wellbeing services.

Their clinics not only provide access to some of the industry’s leading physiotherapists but other health care professionals including massage therapists, podiatrists, chiropodists, strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers and acupuncturists.

“We are proud to be trusted by a client base which includes individuals of all ages and backgrounds as well as sports clubs, charities, professional athletes, local and national businesses and all of the major private health insurers,” said Simon Reece, the company’s Head of Physiotherapy.

“Our reputation nationwide as one of the country’s leading physiotherapy and health care providers means we regularly see patients who have been referred to us through their GP or their insurance company, as well as those who have received a recommendation from friends, family and colleagues.

“However you find us and whatever your reason for coming to us, we will always take an entirely individual approach to your care. Our highly qualified and experienced team will use their expertise to assess, diagnose, advise and treat you using our holistic range of services, ensuring a speedy and safe recovery and prevention of reoccurrence.”

To find out more about eh services Total Physiotherapy provide, visit or follow them on social media.

As part of the sponsorship agreement, the Magic and Mystics academy teams will carry the Total Physiotherapy Limited logo on their match kit for this season.

Two key signings for junior coaching programme

Two key signings for junior coaching programme

The Manchester Magic and Manchester Mystics have made two key coaching appointments as they continue to revamp their junior academy programme.

Marc Illescas Corbi and Adeleke Osinaike will join the existing staff now being led by Paul Cantwell.

Marc, 25, is a Level 3 coach from Spain who has worked at all age levels, from U10s right through to Seniors. His most recent position was with top Spanish club Fuenlabrada, where he was head coach of the U18 men’s team.

Adeleke, 21, is a Level 2 coach from Manchester, who has just returned to the city after completing a degree in Neuroscience at Middlesex University.

Both are fantastic additions to the community programme as we look to provide more top-quality opportunities for boys and girls across Manchester.

Mystics Bolster Squad with Portuguese star Djassi

Mystics bolster squad with Portuguese star Djassi

Manchester Mystics have made a major statement of intent with the acquisition of 2018-19 EuroCup Women performer Sara Djassi for the next two WBBL campaigns.

The Portuguese forward averaged an impressive 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game last season in the prestigious competition, stepping out for the Azores-based Clube Uniao Sportiva.

Mystics’ play-caller Jeff Jones is thrilled with his latest recruit and stated: “We are extremely excited to have Sara join the team for this season and next, since she will combine studying at MMU and play for the Mystics.

“It is great to bring a player in of her pedigree and experience to go alongside our other veteran players. Her basketball resume is extremely impressive and I look forward to how she will contribute not only to the team on the floor, but also her impact on our younger players and academy player.”

Djassi commented: “I’m really excited to join the Manchester Mystics this season and the opportunity to study a masters at Manchester Metropolitan University.

“I really enjoy taking on new challenges and I can’t wait to get on court this weekend and play. Everyone here has been really welcoming and I am looking forward to the season ahead.”?

Source: WBBL

Image Source: NY Times

Magic and Mystics community sessions for year 7-11 relaunching

Community sessions for year 7-11 relaunching

The Manchester Magic and Mystics are excited to announce that we are relaunching our Monday and Friday sessions for school years 7-11 from Monday 7th October.

We have taken this step to give boys and girls more opportunity to develop their basketball skills and therefore become better players.

Each session now will last 90 minutes, costing £4, and will be led by Marc Illescas Corbi, a highly regarded Level 3 coach from Spain.

Mondays, 7.30-9:00pm       Fridays, 7:00-8.30pm

For more information, contact Phil Gordos Email: Tel: 07872412926