Great Yarmouth Basketball is an unincorporated association of registered club members, abiding by regulations and codes of practice defined within the Club Constitution. The club is affiliated to the Norfolk Basketball Association (NBBA) and registered with Basketball England. The day to day affairs of the club are conducted by elected members of the club Committee.
The club does not belong to the Committee but to the club membership. Each member is entitled to hear annual reports and vote at the Annual General Meeting, and has the right to have an input into discussions about the direction of the club.
The roles and responsibilities of committee members can be found here. Currently serving officers are listed below. To contact an officer click on their profile picture.
James Long - Chair / Communications Officer
James was elected Chair of Great Yarmouth Basketball in March 2016. James holds Level 2 Table Official and Coaching qualifications, and has recently qualified as a Level 1 Referee. In 2018 James was elected Secretary to the Basketball England EAST RMC, and he sits on the Norfolk Basketball Association development sub-committee. In his spare time James is an Assistant Instructor at Great Yarmouth Shukokai Karate club.
"I started playing basketball in 1991 after a chance encounter with a junior club in Welwyn Garden City, eventually stopping in my early 20's after a series of injuries. I relocated to Norfolk in 1999 and returned to the sport when my son started to play. I'm hugely passionate about increasing participation in the sport throughout the region, and providing children and adults with opportunities to play both recreationally and competitively."
Jo Thomas - Secretary / Girls Coach
Jo has was elected Great Yarmouth Basketball Secretary when the club formed in 2014, having previously volunteered as a Committee member of the Norfolk Basketball Association for over 10 years. Jo is a qualified Level 2 Referee, Table Official, and Coach.
"I started playing basketball in 1991 when a team at my local netball club invited me to play. Once the team folded I moved to Great Yarmouth Ladies Basketball Club, winning the Iceni Trophy one year. There was a shortage of referees at the time so I took a course and have been officiating Norfolk Basketball League fixtures ever since. I'm hopeful that the future of basketball in Great Yarmouth and Norfolk is bright, and I'm keen to see more clubs develop across the county."
Heather Middleton - Treasurer
Heather is a qualified Level 2 Referee and Table Official, and was elected Great Yarmouth Basketball Treasurer when the club formed in 2014.
"I have always had a passion for sport and started playing basketball at the Drill Hall in 1989, going on to run both the Ladies and Men's sessions. I was part of the Ladies side that won the Women's Division and Iceni Trophy several times in the 90's, and again in 2004. I also coached the Men's side for five years during which we won the Norfolk Plate, and went undefeated one year to take the Division Two title. I took up refereeing in 2006 and have been officiating ever since. I'm really keen to support and encourage the continued development of basketball for both young and old across Norfolk, and especially in Great Yarmouth."
Tracey-Anne Lanham - Welfare Officer
Tracey was elected Welfare Officer in July 2017, having worked as a registered nurse at the James Paget Hospital for the previous three years. Before her training, Tracey had personal experience in end-of-life care and now also works part-time in dementia care within the community. Tracey is a qualified Level 2 Table Official.
"I have been a basketball-mum since 2004 when my eldest son began playing, soon followed by my two younger boys. I've since spent the last thirteen years driving them across the country to games/tournaments/camps and cheering them on at every event I can attend, which is most of them! During those years, it was difficult to find a club that the boys felt totally at home with; a club that is more than just a club. Great Yarmouth Basketball is more like family and I want to see that family grow and become a club where everybody feels welcome."
Tracy Lacey - Events Coordinator
Sally was elected to the role of Events Coordinator in 2018.
Other Officers (non-elected)
James Borg - Head Coach
James is a qualified Level 2 Coach who joined the club at its launch in 2014 as Men's Head Coach. Away from GYB, James coaches at the London School of Basketball and plays for NBL Division 2 side London Pioneers. James' extensive playing experience includes time with Ipswich, Essex Leopards, London Towers U23s, and a stint with the Maltese National team.
"I started playing basketball in 1997 and competed for Notre Dame High School in the Schools Cup, before progressing to the East Regional team and try-outs for the U15 National side. As Head Coach of Great Yarmouth Basketball, my role is to ensure our athletes have the best quality coaching possible. I take great pride in passing on from my experiences, and working with players of all age and ability."
Tom Allard - Junior Coach
Tom is a qualified Level 2 Coach with significant experience coaching junior players. Amongst his many roles Tom works for Active Norfolk delivering coaching within local schools. Tom won the title of 'Volunteer Coach of the Year at the 2016' Great Yarmouth Sports Awards.
"I started playing basketball in 2006 at The Drill Hall in Great Yarmouth. At the age of seventeen I moved away from the area to play basketball competitively and travel across the country. A serious knee injury stalled my playing career but I used the rehabilitation time to earn my Level 2 coaching qualification, which allowed me to teach children and teens in local schools. I'm really keen to promote basketball as a way of helping young people to build confidence, skills and encourage personal development."
Alex Bond - Co-optee
Alex is a Project Officer for Sentinel Leisure, responsible for the widely publicised Lowestoft O-go-go programme to increase participation in sport. Alex has served on the Committee since the club was formed in 2014, and was appointed as a co-optee in 2018.
"As one of the few club members without a basketball background I have supported the Committee in various behind-the-scenes roles since 2014. I've been able to use my knowledge and experience gained from working with Active Norfolk, and in my roles on the Lowestoft Ladies Hockey Club committee, to help drive the club forward. Looking ahead I would like to see Great Yarmouth Basketball develop into a club that is confident to meet the needs of the whole community and offer competitive opportunities for men, women, girls and boys to play at every level they can."
Patrick Manifold - Honorary Life President
Born and raised in Great Yarmouth, Patrick is an award-winning professional athlete, author, motivational speaker, and personal success coach. Following a successful collegiate career at the University of Maine in the USA, during which he was named NCAA III Ind. 'National Player of the Year', Patrick has since played professionally around the world for clubs on three continents.
In 2014 Patrick was elected Great Yarmouth Basketball's first Chair and oversaw the clubs initial growth. In 2017 the Committee bestowed Patrick with the title of Honorary Life President to denote his contribution to the club, and basketball within the local community.