After a busy pre-season Burnley Basketball Club will get their season going in the coming weeks.
Burnley LT United became the Division 2 MABL play-off champions last season and the league has awarded them promotion to Division 1
Coach Minozzi is delighted with the news but at the same time is a bit cautious.
“The players were hoping to get promoted but I am a little more cautious about it. We have a good solid group but we are going to play against tougher teams and players and we need to work as hard as last season.
“The group that we have this season is much stronger technically and physically, we have a couple of additions in the squad that I think it will work really well for us.
“We have a new Lithuanian guy, Remy, who has potential and a couple of juniors coming through thanks to the excellent work dome last year by coach James Tucker.”
Burnley could be one of the favourites to take the league title and the cup with coach Thompson landing one of the best signings in the league.
“We have recruited Craig Wilson, a 6ft 7in. powerhouse who can also move and who also has a nice touch away from the basket. He has played in Division 3 at Bradford and we offered him a new challenge and he is looking forward to giving us some more presence under the hoop at both ends.
“We had a quite goods preseason with a couple of friendlies and we are looking in good shape. It’s nice to see Sam Snape back in the squad this season, another young players coming from the juniors. I think he will be OK with us, he has the tools to enjoy himself this season in our team.”
The juniors also had a very busy summer, training two and three times a week and they will compete in a couple of weeks within the LBA tournaments.
Also in the last few days Burnley College has appointed Minozzi as coach for the basketball academy.
“I am delighted to be the new coach for the Burnley College Academy,” he said. “I am looking forward to developing local talent and I hope I will be capable to fulfil my role as expected.
“I have been given a great opportunity from Burnley College and I hope the players will enjoy my coaching and will show on court progress in their playing abilities and decision making.”