Lynch is pleased to announce their support of a brand-new competition in the National Basketball League Division 1. The inaugural L Lynch Trophy will feature all 14 topflight teams along with 2 invited academy sides in the 2020/21 season.
The group stages of the competition will begin today and are to be played over three weekends, with all games to be livestreamed. The teams will compete in four regional groups of four and the top two sides in each group will progress to the quarterfinals. These events provide a trial for the coming season, helping clubs, officials, and players to understand the “new normal”, and allows for an opportunity to see how games will need to be conducted once the NBL Division One commences on October 31st.
Gail Richards, Basketball England’s Senior Delivery Manager said: “We are really pleased to support and work together with NBL1 clubs to help them form this pre-season event. We are coming through a difficult time for the sport and we are confident the event will help us understand some of the challenges faced by players, clubs and officials heading into the new season, while giving the teams the opportunity for some competitive action.”
Rob Lynch, Director, is excited about being involved in the new competition: "We're really looking forward to working with the NBL clubs as the National Lynch Trophy 2020/21 commences and we help restart professional basketball in England" he said.
"It's great to be involved in a national competition with clubs stretching from Newcastle, to the south coast where we expect Worthing and Solent to challenge, and with Hemel Storm and Oaklands Wolves on our doorstep. We know there will be some entertaining games. The Lynch Trophy 2020/21 is an exciting new tournament and we're excited to play a part."
The Local MP for Hemel Hempstead, Sir Mike Penning, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for National Basketball, added "I am delighted to see the return of another national competition for the NBL1 teams and also the support of a commercial partner in Lynch. This new competition speaks to the APPG vision of a stronger and more commercially viable framework for semi-professional basketball in this country.”
Lynch would like to wish all competing teams the very best of luck and are looking forward to a great season! Discover www.l-lynch.com and keep up to date with all our activities.
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