Barking Abbey guard Robin Bedford has been selected for the Great Britain Under-18 3×3 squad that will compete at the 3×3 Europe Cup qualifier in Hungary this weekend.
Bedford, who played for Barking Abbey’s Division 4 team and EABL squad this season, made the selection from the greater GB U18 programme and new players highlighted by elite level coaches, having attended a number of camps over the past 5 weeks at the University of Worcester.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Robin,” Barking Abbey Director of Operations Lloyd Gardner commented.
“He has worked incredibly hard this past season and has always had one of the best work ethics in the academy since he joined us in Year 9. This is a deserved selection and I have no doubt he will represent himself and the programme well in Hungary. We want to wish him all the best for the experience.”
The Under-18 Men go to Szolnok in Hungary for their tournament, which takes place on 5-6 August.
Great Britain, who are seeded eleventh, are in a pool with Hungary and Switzerland, with both their opening games on Saturday August 5.
British Basketball Chief Executive, Lisa Wainwright, commented:
“We are delighted to be able to give our U18 players another opportunity to represent Great Britain on the European stage. It is an exciting time for the 3×3 discipline, with the International Olympic Committee recently confirming 3×3 Basketball as an Olympic sport for Tokyo 2020 and, hopefully, for future Olympiads.
“Playing for the GB U18 3×3 teams this summer could be the first step along a path that may end in Olympic participation for these players. Our entry into the FIBA U18 3×3 has placed significant added pressure on the organisation, but our staff, volunteers and partners dedicated themselves to provide the players this new representative opportunity.
“Lastly, thanks to the University of Worcester for their support with the camps and the programme. It would have been extremely difficult to get the squads off the ground without their commitment. Good luck to both squads this weekend.”