Basketball New Zealand has been announced as a finalist for the Innovation Excellence Award at the 2017 New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards, for the enabling of Glory League.
Basketball New Zealand Chief Executive, Iain Potter, says Basketball New Zealand has assisted the growth and provision of Glory League within the New Zealand basketball community. He says Glory League is bringing a more engaging basketball experience to players of all ages and abilities.
"Glory League makes video replays of games and highlights, which are emailed to players after every match. It provides an opportunity to re-experience and share their basketball thrills multiple times with friends and family members. This brings a players on-court experiences to life on social media.
"Over the course of 2016 and early 2017 our target was to have 20 courts installed across the country - that was achieved emphatically. To date, a total of 38 courts across the country now have the Glory League system installed with another 19 courts planned for installation prior to mid-year 2017. Currently five of our larger Associations - North Harbour, Auckland, Manawatu, Canterbury and Wellington - have had the technology installed across nine venues.
"During the last 12 months around 9000 Kiwis have played at least one game with Glory League through one of BBNZs affiliated Associations," says Mr Potter.
With increasing numbers of young New Zealand players securing US college basketball scholarships, Mr Potter says Glory League has also become a valuable provider of film footage for players to send to prospective scouts overseas.
The New Zealand Sport and Recreation Awards consist of five categories. In addition to shortlisting for each, the judges considered nominations for the C K Doig Leadership Award, to be announced with the winners at the award ceremony on 29 May. See Sport New Zealands media release about the awards and other nominees here: