Basketball England will feature in the World 3x3 FISU (International University Sports Federation) Championship Finals this week in Xiamen, China sending a Men's and Women's team to compete in the three day event from Oct 9th-11th.
The inaugural FISU World 3x3 Championships will feature 24 teams from 11 different countries battling to be crowed FISU World Champion. The competition itself will spread over a three day period, and will also involve a 3-Point Contest for the Women and a Dunk Contest for the Men.
Northumbria University will travel as the male representative of Basketball England following a very successful BUCS season last year culminating in victory over Durham University in the Championship final. The four man team featuring Lewis Champion, Damoy Robertson, Jack Preston and Garnett Watson will represent the University in the North.
"We're very honoured to represent the UK in the Championships on the back of the superb National success of the University's Basketball side" said Northumbria University Director of Sport, Colin Stromsoy.
"This level of competition reflects the standard of Basketball we have at Northumbria, and it's going to be a brilliant experience for the students, who have been outstanding in their level of performance and commitment throughout their time here."
On the Women's side, Loughborough University will represent Basketball England with a roster boasting two Great Britain Senior Women's players in Georgia Jones and Erin McGarrachan. Jones will carry with her some experience of the 3x3 game, having previously represented England at the first ever 3x3 World Championships in Athens in 2012.
Loughborough University Performance Sport Strategic Manager, Jo Emmett, is excited to see the team represent the University so far from home.
"The Championships in China are an exciting opportunity for our women's basketball squad and I am sure all the student-athletes involved will make the most of the chance to compete on the world stage.
"Basketball at Loughborough constantly grows to new heights and our partnership with Leicester Riders continues to provide superb development opportunities for our student players. We are proud to have a Loughborough University team in this competition and look forward to following their progress"?
The event will be broadcast across China whilst fans in the UK will be able to see highlights of the event on Eurosport 2 on Sunday 11th October.