British_Basketball_Jan_31February 6 - The management team that will guide Britain's men's and women's under-20 basketball squads for this year's European Youth Championship has been announced.

Coaches Damian Jennings and Matt Johnson, along with manager Marlies Keifer, and performance coach Dave Bailey, will return to lead the women into the European Youth Championship in Serbia in July.

Head of performance at British Basketball Warwick Cann said: "I am delighted the successful coaching team from last year's achievement will be back for this foray into Division A basketball.

"I am sure they will use last year's experience well to prepare this year's squad for what will be a daunting but exciting challenge for GB."

The GB under-20 men will be heading to Sarajevo to compete in Division B of the Youth Championships.

Leading them will be head coach Tim Lewis, who has been reappointed after last summer's highly competitive action when the team made significant improvements, resulting in a three-year best of six wins and two losses.

In an initiative geared to build towards the 2016 Olympics - called T16 - GB senior men's assistant coach Paul Mokeski has been appointed as assistant coach to the team.

Mokeski helped the senior men reach EuroBasket 2011 in last summer's qualifiers and his role with the under-20 side will see him helping some of GB's exciting junior players look towards 2016.

Also returning for the under-20 men from last year is team manager Mark Lloyd.

A new PA coach is yet to be appointed but will join the team for the summer.

Cann highlighted the challenge ahead, saying: "Last year's team performed well but missed out on getting the ranking we chased.

"Nonetheless, it was a good season and now we need to maintain the standards of play but also improve the ranking, which will not be easy."

He added: "We must remember that the under-20 team is also about identifying players who can play for GB in the future as a senior player and potentially in 2016.

"I think Paul Mokeski's appointment and his vast experience at all levels, including NBA, will greatly aid our dual goals of player development, as well as team success as we look towards 2016."

The initial playing squads will be announced later this month.