The history of the BCA can be traced back to the early 1980s when Brian Naysmith (then of Guildford Pirates, later to be known as Bracknell Tigers) and Mark Dunning launched and ran the BCAE (Basketball Coaches Association of England) for several years before it fizzled out in approximately 1989.
Then there was a gap and the Governing Body (the EBBA, as it was then), took it in-house for a couple of years in the early 1990’s. This lasted for approximately 2-3 years.
The third manifestation was born in the mid-1990s, when Betty Codona, Alan Barber and Mike Brady spearheaded a re-launch that has survived until ?, as the BCA. Mark Dunning and John Collins were recruited and the busiest period for a coaches’ association in the UK followed.
Finally, the fourth and current revival, began in 2014 with early conversations between Lloyd Gardner, Sam Neter, and Mark Dunning and John Collins, before finally going live in November of 2017.
The aims and objectives have always been to enhance, improve, develop, assist, promote and give gravitas to coach education and development and coaching matters in general, and of course to all coaches.
Always in collaboration with National Governing Body, the BCA has and will continue to endeavour to provide assistance and expertise wherever and whenever it can.
Over the years the BCA has:
• Produced publications (“Fast Break”; “Courtside”).
• Facilitated various discounts and promotions on goods and services.
• Enabled CPD by providing bursaries.
• Provided information exchange via two websites.
• Given financial support to regional events.
• Organised and delivered an annual coaches’ camp (for 13 years).
• Organised and delivered a National Coaching Conference (7 total) and in excess of 30 clinics over the past 30 years, including working with and on behalf of the NBA and Future Stars International.
• Attendances at clinics over the past 30 years have ranged from 20 at regional clinics, to between 75-100 coaches at National Conferences, and 150-190 at a couple of NBA clinics.
• Clinics have been held in many locations throughout the UK, some of the more memorable were in the early ‘80s at the WICB event, in meeting rooms under the swimming pool at Crystal Palace; at the Royal Albert Hall (when a Championship final was held there one year), and more recently at the O2 Arena in London.
• Provided personnel and expertise for Basketball England curriculum planning and writing and also UKCC syllabuses.
• Provided private and sometimes confidential advice and guidance to various coaches and organisations.
• Formed and nurtured many links and mutually beneficial relationships with foreign coaches and organisations throughout the world.