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Lloyd’s Special Brew: Gameday, funding and supporting men’s mental health

30th January, 2023 | News | 0 comments

This week we face Wyddgrug Magic – one of Mold’s North Wales Basketball Association sides – and it’s going to be a great game.

The last few games have all been tight against Wyddrug. They are well organised, well drilled and punish mistakes. Make no mistake, we need to be on our A game to get a result on Tuesday night. This game comes at the halfway point of the season and can really give us a platform to press on. The second half of the season will be a great gauge on how both teams have improved.

Last time out we faced Ellesmere Port Panthers and played really well. At the start we struggled to contain their outside game, bit we weren’t playing badly at all, they just didn’t seem to miss from outside. We changed a few things round on the fly and it worked for us. I’m proud of the guys. Their heads never dropped and they kept on plugging away, fighting to the end. The workrate and commitment is something that is becoming synonymous with this group.

We now have Alex Rigsby on board and I’m thrilled. He’s been in and around the club for a couple of years, so it’s great to finally add him to the playing roster. Most importantly he’s a great lad who fits in with the teams culture and is on-board with what we are building here. He adds depth to an area of the squad we have been looking to strengthen and he’s a strong, intelligent player. I’m looking forward to seeing him in Brewers’ purple

As we head towards the end of the financial year funding always becoimes a hot topic. Quite simply, basketball needs more funding. It is the team sport with the second highest participation in the country behind football, yet has little to zero funding and coverage. 

As a club, we’re seeing the cost of everything is going up. The Brewers are very fortunate to have the support of our sponsors, LMC Lighting and Electrical Services, club partners Pivotal Sound and Lighting and Quarry & Castle, and our apparel partner Tripkle Double Hoopwear, who provide us with the means to keep our costs as affordable as possible for the guys. Every penny we earn goes back into the club, for equipment, venue hire etc, but with some funding into growing the sport, it could thrive even more in this country.

One key reason to look at funding is men’s mental health. I think getting together with your mates and doing something you enjoy is a great way to forget about and manage the stresses in your life, whatever they may be.

The camaraderie, the atmosphere around the place, it’s great for your mental health. Even the initial anxiety I had taking over as Head Coach soon dissipated thanks to this great group of lads. Its something we have always been conscious of within the club, and the atmosphere created around the place at the minute is second to none. It’s a privilege to be the Head Coach of this group and of this club.

With funding to help secure the future and development of more clubs and leagues, more people will be able to access the positive effects of basketball and exercise on mental health.