WCBT is the UK's No1 International Pro Am Event. Also hosted in USA & Spain
Eric Douglin Founder of the World Club Basketball has been nominated as a shortlisted Finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category, at the prestigious Sussex Sports Awards 2023won the category at the 2022 award, will be looking to pick up the award for the 3rd time after winning the category in 2018.
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The World Club Basketball Tournament was founded by Eric Douglin in 2015 to raise awareness on the need for organ donors after he received a kidney from his wife Mandi in 2010. Then in 2021 Eric was impacted by serious illness once again , when his needed lifesaving surgery after his bowel ruptured due to diverticulitis.
Eric who is now an advocate for the charity Bowel Research UK shares the story of his journey battling kidney disease and stoma surgery.
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We are pleased to announce that Bowel Research UK, are one of our dedicated charities for the World Club Basketball Tournament - England C.I.C
This will provide an excellent opportunity to raise funds, awareness and open discussions on Bowel related conditions.
WCBT are looking forward to working with an excellent charity organisation , which WCBT founder Eric Douglin has been supporting for the last 2 years .
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The North Atlantic Basketball Academy partners with the UK's No1 international basketball event,the 'World Club Basketball Tournament', to bring teams from around the world to Lanzarote, Spain to participate in an international tournament.
In addition to the 3 day preseason tournament, NABA will run an exposure combine with a host of local professional coaches present, who are recruiting for their rosters for the upcoming season.
WCBT Founder Eric Douglin said “ I am really excited about the partnership with NABA Lanzarote, and thank Dermot Russell and his team for providing the opportunity to build a global platform allowing, players and teams to compete in high calibre international competition”
With WCBT events also being hosted in Washington USA hosted by Kitsap Admirals , and England this year, the addition of an event and combine in Lanzarote will ensure players have the visibility to perform in front of key stakeholders in two of the worlds most popular basketball playing countries”
NABA founding Director, Dermot Russell, also expressed his excitement about the upcoming event saying “that these kind of international tournaments are a fantastic way for players to gain international experience, learn more about the European game and get exposure to professional coaches and scouts while networking with other key stakeholders across several platforms of the Pro/Am industry. Players who participate in these events gain a serious competitive advantage over those who choose to stay at home. They are essentially putting themselves in the shop windows for recruiting coaches with professional contracts to offer. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank our partners on the Island of Lanzarote, local club CB Conejeros and the municipality there who have given us continued support in addition to the local federation who have welcomed our contribution to the game there and our players alike. Spainish basketball is the place to be in Europe and every player who comes into our academy has throughly enjoyed the experience in playing there”.
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Registration for the World Club Basketball Tournament 2023 closes on the 31st July. Teams must submit thier completed registration forms and full entry fees by this closing date. This is excluding teams which have already made prior arrangements with the WCBT committee.
The event is close to being over subscribed so teams are advised to submitted the required information as soon as possible.
Team managers are advised to contact the WCBT committee with any queries as soon as possible.
Announcement. World Club Basketball Tournament returns to the USA with Kitsap Admirals in Washington, with their owner Ashley Robinson hosting an event in July 2023..
WCBT has now hosted 6 international tournaments in the UK, featuring over 40 teams and hundreds of players from across the world.
Due to the success of the tournaments globally, 2019 saw the WCBT2018 Champions Las Vegas Unknown host their own WCBT exhibition event in their home state, featuring a team from the UK.
This will see WCBT events in continued growth of WCBT, will see USA organisation Kitsap Admirals, led by their owner Ashley Robinson host WCBT Washington a 6 team event of high calibre teams, which will be vying to compete in the UK event.
We welcome organisations, tournaments and owners to join the WCBT organisation.
For more details on the WCBT (USA) please contact us.
World Club Basketball Founder – wins Sussex Sports Award Volunteer of the Year Award 2022.
Eric Douglin, founder of the World Club Basketball Tournament was crowned winner of the Sussex Sports Award Volunteer of the Year 2022, at the Sussex Sports Award ceremony last week (24/11/2022). Eric also finished runner up in the Outstanding Contribution to Sports & Physical category.
Eric was already thrilled to be nominated in 2 categories, but to make the top 3 shortlist in both, was icing on the cake.
The World Club Basketball Tournament, an annual team event for overseas and domestic senior men’s teams, was founded in 2015 to provide opportunities for players around the world to compete in international competition.
Eric received a kidney from his wife Mandi in 2010, after being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2005, a partnership was formed with Kidney Research UK. Eric is currently an ambassador for Kidney Research UK, which has been a dedicated charity of WCBT since its inception, to raise awareness on the need for organ donor
As if dealing with the impact was a challenge, Eric would go on to receive lifesaving emergency surgery in January 2021 after his bowel ruptured, and he needed to have a colostomy and a stoma formed.
Eric had a long and difficult recovery after the surgery; however, he was determined to get healthy and back to raising awareness and organising the UK’s only international pro-am basketball event.
Once he was well enough to return to action, Eric went back to organising WCBT2022, to raise awareness not only for kidney awareness, but stoma awareness as well after personally becoming aware of the impact those living with a stoma face. As a result, Eric also became an ambassador for the charity Colostomy UK, in order to raise awareness for those impacted by stomas and associated conditions.
Sussex Sports Awards
The winners attending the prestigious awards ceremony were presented with the with a trophy and certificate, with the 2 runners up from the 7 categories receiving a certificate at the event held at the Sussex Cricket Club in Hove, East Sussex.
Eric was selected as the winner in the V.O.Y category by the judges from a high calibre category of nominations across Sussex, all of which had made a major contribution to sport across the county.
The 6th annual WCBT event was hosted in Hastings, East Sussex over the weekend 3rd & 4th September, and featured 10 teams from around the world including USA, Lithuania, Canada, UK and Italy.
The weekend also included a free youth coaching session hosted by one of the competing team New York Court Kings, which was attended by over 40 excited young Sussex players. This was a unique opportunity for the young players to receive coaching by overseas professional players, & then be able to watch two days of international competition in their county.
Eric Douglin said " The award is a fantastic achievement and wouldn’t have been possible without all of the teams, volunteers and sponsor who have supported the event, and especially my wife Mandi, who has been by my side though some difficult times. From a personal perspective I hope that I can be an inspiration to anyone who has been impacted by invisible illness, and raise awareness for charities Kidney Research UK & Colostomy UK”
Preparations are currently underway for the World Club Basketball Tournament 2023, with entries already received from teams including Hawaii, Serbia, USA, Spain and Japan.
Due to the success of the World Club Basketball we have received expression of interest from all over the world, including Japan, Lithuania, USA, Canada, Poland & England.
Team entries will be confirmed at the closing date of 30th July 2023.
Thank you to all of the teams, listed below which expressed an interest in competing in the UK's No1 international event.
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