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Manchester Magic and Mystics News

Magic Academy seeks host family

The Manchester Magic Academy is seeking a host family to provide accommodation for a 16-year-old male player from late August 2022.

This is a wonderful opportunity to provide a home away from home for a talented individual looking to fulfil their sporting and academic dreams.

The host family needs to be located within a 3-mile radius of Loreto Sixth Form College in Manchester (M15 5PB) and close to good public transport links.

Host families must be able to offer the player good accommodation with a separate bedroom, plus breakfast and evening meal, as well as access to laundry facilities and the internet. The Manchester Magic is one of the biggest and most successful junior basketball programmes in the country, attracting players from across the UK.

If you think you would like to work with us to play a key role in the development of this young player, then we would love to hear from you.

To arrange an informal discussion, the application process and rates of payment, please contact CEO Phil Gordos and Welfare Lead Morag Gilronan at info@manchestermagicandmystics.co.uk

Greater Manchester Community Basketball and Sports Association Ltd is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all students and vulnerable adults.

Appointment to this role is subject to a satisfactory DBS check and references.

Ex-Magic junior Ani ready for Bayern Challenge

Ex-Magic junior Ani ready for Bayern challenge

Jason Ani was heading to the United States after securing a move to top prep outfit Hillcrest in Arizona after ending his junior career with Manchester Magic.

But visa issues amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic meant the former Loreto Sixth Form College and St Peter’s RC High School student chose Europe instead.

And after a successful workout with Bayern, the 6ft 4in guard, a key member of Magic’s EABL and Senior Men programmes, will spend this season playing Pro B and U19 basketball for the club.

How did the move to Bayern come about?

JA: “Playing in Germany, my home country, had always been at the back of my mind, but I never really took it seriously until late September, when I wasn’t being granted a visa to fly to the United States. I had a team-mate I played AAU with in the States who had played in Germany. One day, I just texted him and asked if he could reach out to some teams for me. He gave my highlights to his coach who knew a few coaches in Germany. Around two days later, I got a phone call in the morning from Bayern, asking me to trial and that they were interested.”

What are your first impressions of the club?

JA: “When I first got to Bayern, my mind was blown. Their facilities are, in my opinion, NBA-level. They had everything. Even the younger players are treated like professionals. They really take it seriously and that’s what helped make my mind up. I felt like Bayern could get me to the level I need to be at to reach my full potential.”

How tough was it to turn down Hillcrest?

JA: “It was very tough. I’m not great at having tough conversations with people. It stressed me out at first because I really wanted to go there and it was already all over social media that I was going to the US. After thinking it through, the best option was definitely Bayern.”

What are your goals with Bayern?

JA: “After this year, I am going to evaluate my options. I love it here but, really and truly, my first goal is to play Division 1 basketball in the States. If I get the opportunity to play at a programme that’s big enough to be on the level of Bayern, then I may consider it. If not, then I will turn pro and hopefully continue playing at Bayern.”

Which Magic players are you still in contact with?

JA: “I talk to a few guys from my team, especially the ones who are in the States, like Saul (May) and Luke (Gordos). I always want to know how things are going. I also keep in touch with the younger players in the current Magic U18 squad as they’ve known me from a young age. They ask me for advice a lot and I’m always there to help out because I relied on older players, like Kaiyem (Cleary) and Mike (Anumba). They taught me things and helped out a lot.”

Good luck at Bayern, Jason. We’ll be following your progress.

Luke Gordos Wales 2019

Wales senior call for Magic point guard Gordos

Manchester Magic point guard Luke Gordos has been selected to represent Wales Senior Men this weekend.

The 16-year-old Loreto College student was co-captain of Wales U16s for last year’s FIBA European Championships Division C campaign in San Marino.

Wales are one of eight teams competing in the Howell Shield in Hertfordshire from 30 August to 1 September.

Others include NBL Division One sides Hemel Storm, Thames Valley Cavaliers and Nottingham Hoods.