ABL 2020/21 season cancelled because of lockdown

Basketball England has taken the decision to cancel the 2020-21 Academy Basketball League (ABL) season as a result of the lockdown measures introduced in early January. 

The terms of the Government’s restrictions, with colleges forced to close, the increasing rates of Covid-19 and the disruption that inevitably lies ahead means it was felt there was no other option.  

Play, suspended until this point, will be cancelled for the season with the option of alternative competition after Easter, should conditions be safe and viable.   

Charlie Ford, Basketball England Interim Chief Operating Officer, said:  

“I am sure this decision will come as much as a disappointment to all the academy league teams as it does us, but we feel it is the right time to make it 

“We have held off from this sad moment for as long as possible in the hope that some part of the traditional September-March season could be salvaged.   

“But it is clear that, with the rising R-rate, a new strain of the virus, the Government’s position on education-based sport and half our season already wiped out, that this is not practical or sensible any longer.   

“We’re committed to assessing and exploring opportunities later in the academic year if it is safe to do so to run events or tournaments that will give the players and teams competitive action.”  

Basketball England will discuss options with operating partner AOC the Leagues & Competitions Advisory Group and teams as soon as possible. 

Please contact Academy@Basketballengland.co.uk for any questions or support.