Congratulations to Mr Phil Easton, Head of Oratory Basketball and Teacher of Biology who has been formally added to the officials list for the British Basketball League (BBL) and Women's British Basketball (WBBL) professional leagues for next season.
Phil has earnt his place by spending the last year taking the Advanced Basketball Statistics course, which has involved being assigned his own coach, having teaching sessions, various in game assessments and two written exams.
Phil says, "The main reason for doing it was to deepen my understanding and improve my own officiating. It was certainly worthwhile and has given me new opportunities being able to officiate at several events which has been challenging but enjoyable."
One of Phil's highlights has been to record the statistics for each game played at the Basketball Junior National Play Off Semi-Finals and Finals, which took place at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester earlier this year. Recording the statistics involved plotting every play and event that happened on court during the games. The games involved the best basketball players from around the country, along with the top level officials.