Ian Mollard, Director of National Teams for the English Basketball Association has decided to resign from this voluntary elected position, as of July 2000.

Ian Mollard was elected at the Annual General Meeting in 1999 and has been heavily involved in Basketball England and the EBBA Executive Board since that period. However, he felt that with the impending birth of his first child and the pressures of work within his new company 24/7 he could not commit the enormous amount of time required, in a voluntary capacity, to be Director for National Teams.

Ian said ‘The excess of 30 hours per week voluntary commitment required as Director of National Teams was something I was unable to fulfil due to increased work and personal commitments. It would have been unfair for me to attempt to fulfil this commitment to both the International teams appreciating also my personal and professional position’.

This leaves the position open for election at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting on 9 September 2000 and in the interim period EBBA Chairman, Betty Codona OBE, and Chief Executive, Simon Kirkland, will cover the Director National Teams’ position.

Chairman Betty Codona said ‘It is sometimes not recognised the considerable amount of time the Director’s of the EBBA have to give in a voluntary capacity and Ian’s decision is one we fully appreciate’.

The position of Director National Teams has a critical role to play within the English Basketball Association overseeing the 8 National Teams and with in excess of 50 Internationals organised every year considerable time and effort is needed to ensure effective planning and funding of these teams. Currently the Senior Men’s team are in New Zealand, the male and female Cadet teams travel, in the coming weeks, to Slovakia and Sweden respectively for their European qualifying rounds. In addition, the girls Passerelle team recently had an outstanding success in winning their European qualifying round in Andorra beating, amongst others, Italy.

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