Month: February 2019

Haris Tournament Organising Committee

Haris Tournament forming organising committee

The Haris Charalambous Memorial Basketball Tournament is forming a volunteer committee to help run the prestigious event.

Organisers need prospective committee members to take on a number of tasks, from event planning and volunteer recruitment to marketing and securing sponsorship.

The tournament is held annually to remember Haris Charalambous, one of Manchester Magic’s finest young talents who sadly died at the age of 21 while playing and studying in the United States.

It takes place at the Manchester Basketball Centre from 27-29 December and features eight elite Under-18 men’s teams from Europe and the US.

Proceeds from the tournament go to the Haris Fund, which helps local youngsters pursue their basketball dreams.

For more information or to register your interest in becoming a committee member, call the Magic and Mystics office on 0161 881 0090 and ask for Phil or Freda.

Alternatively, email us at, writing ‘Haris Committee’ in the subject line.

For more information about the tournament, click on the link:

Community Session Cheadle Hulme 2019

Magic and Mystics establish primary school hub in Cheadle Hulme

Manchester Magic and Manchester Mystics are launching a new training session in Cheadle Hulme for boys and girls at primary school.

Led by our experienced and qualified coaching team, it will take place at Laurus Cheadle Hulme (SK8 5GB) on Tuesdays from 5.30-7pm and cost £4.

Places will be limited, so contact the Magic and Mystics on 0161 881 0090 to pre-register. The first session is on 30 April and is open to children in Years 1-6.

The Laurus Cheadle Hulme initiative is part of the club’s drive to deliver top-quality coaching to more and more children of primary school age.

The Magic and Mystics are one of the top junior basketball programmes in the country.

Since 2000, they have won 67 national titles and developed dozens of junior internationals.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Georgia Jones came through the club’s junior programme, as did Andrew Lovedale, who went on to play college basketball in the United States with NBA star Steph Curry.

Haris Tournament

Inviting expressions of interest for Haris Tournament 2019

We are now inviting expressions of interest for the 2019 Haris Charalambous Memorial Basketball Tournament. The prestigious three-day event runs from 27-29 December at the Manchester Basketball Centre and features 8 teams from the UK, the US and the rest of Europe. The 2018 tournament was one of the most exciting yet, with Charnwood edging Myerscough in a brilliant final. If you would like an entry pack or would like to know more, contact us via email at

Manchester Magic and Mystics Community

New development sessions for Primary School Players

From 8 February, our Friday sessions at the Manchester Basketball Centre will change.

The current drop-in league for players at primary school will replaced by a 90-minute development session for Years 1-6.

It will start with some coaching to develop a player’s knowledge and understanding of basketball fundamentals. Then it will move into games, giving players the chance to put their new-found skills into practice.

We’ve decided to make this change in order to enhance the work we do with our younger players and following requests from players and parents for a session such as this.

Paul Cantwell will be overseeing the new development sessions. A former Manchester Magic player who came through the junior ranks here, Paul is a Level 2 coach who has worked with young players in the UK and the USA.

The new sessions will run from 5.30-7pm and cost £4. The drop-in league for Years 7-9 will now run from 7-8pm.