BRADFORD Dragons basketball club have today announced the appointment of a new General Manager, Tim Redfearn.

He has been appointed with the task of increasing the clubs standing within the community.

The General Manager role has been implemented as the Bradford Dragons look to develop and expand its basketball operations. Bradford Dragons has a great tradition in both junior and senior basketball in the Bradford area.

The new role has been implemented to develop links within the community and schools as well as to develop the club as a whole and attract new interest from the local community. In developing new links and strengthening existing ones the club can continue to develop and become a club that can represent the Yorkshire region with great distinction.

Redfearn says that: “This is an opportunity for me that I could not turn away from and will allow my passion for basketball in the Bradford and Yorkshire region to fully express itself. The new role will give the club a focus and an ability to become more professional and to work with new and existing partners, including Craig Waterworth - Inspire Centre General Manager and Head of Sports Academies at Calderdale College - in the community and develop basketball to become a focal point within the area.

"The opportunity is to develop players in both the participation and competition platforms of the game. I am very excited by this opportunity and cannot wait to develop the club further with the continued support of the fantastic members that the club already has.”

Redfearn has been involved with Basketball since his school days, he has played and coached and has most recently been an assistant coach with Bradford Dragons for the last ten years.

Bradford Dragons has a rich history in developing young players through its junior program since 2005 with a number of players going onto colleges in America and representing their country at junior level. The club have developed an academy in association with Calderdale College, this partnership enables juniors to develop through the program and last year the Academy represented the Yorkshire and Humber Region at the National College Championships. The senior team play in the first tier of the National Divisions, the team has progressed participating at local league level, then moved to regional competitions and then from the third tier National level and had successive promotions to reach Division One where it has been an ever present for the last ten years.