National League Division Four basketball coaches have named James Bamfield from CWA Lynn Fury as Coach of the Year for the 2014/15 season.
Fury, who made the final of the National League Play-offs, have been steered to success by Bamfield (pictured) who was runner-up last term.
The award is voted on by other coaches in the league.
Head coach Bamfield said: “I’m obviously delighted but also very humbled to be given this award. With this award being voted for by my fellow coaches it’s very humbling to know that you are respected by your peers.
“My thanks to Andy Milbourne who worked as my assistant this year and I hope that he feels this award is also a reflection on his contribution.”
Bamfield thanked the players who represented Fury this season, adding: “I think when you have good players it’s easy to show how good a coach you are and I have been very lucky to assemble some great talent.
“The award shows that the club and myself now have a fantastic reputation in the national basketball community. Our club is run for the members on a not for profit basis and has an established and proven player development pathway with a successful senior side.”
He pointed out that five years ago the club was close to folding, commenting: “It really is the greatest achievement to be down and out and climb back to the top.
“We must now establish the growth of the club with a sustainable plan for that growth.
“It is clear to me that I do not have the connections to do so. We now have over 80 members and run seven sides at various levels of competition, we have integrated the Eastern European community into our club and inspired local youngsters to follow their dreams and develop as young men.
“I feel we are a fantastic asset to the local community, however we need that community to support our club, both financially and in kind. When we first relaunched the club in 2012 we had 14 members and it cost £6,000 to run for a year; last season we had a turnover of £23,000.
“This year we hope to grow even more with Schools of Basketball in three local high schools giving them the opportunity to participate in national competition, a local league for juniors, the Academy at CWA, seven club sides and a successful National League program. We need to raise £29,000!
“This is a massive amount of money. We would love to hear from local companies who see value in what we are doing, but also from individuals. We’d love to have a patron who has a good status in the community and might be able to encourage others to lend support and to add committee members; in fact anyone with any skills they feel they could offer to support our club.”
n Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be involved with growing the community club.