The BBL Foundation, the community arm of the British Basketball League, has been awarded a grant of £200,000 to undertake a pilot programme of 3 on 3 basketball participation activities across England.
The grant, awarded by Sport England, funds the programme which aims to test a range of ways to engage young boys and girls, particularly in the 16-19 age group.
“We are absolutely delighted with this recognition of the capability of the BBL Foundation and its clubs, by Sport England,” said BBL Foundation Chairman Stephen Moseley, MP. “We believe this provides the Foundation with an outstanding opportunity to really make a difference to understanding what young people want from their sport, and look forward to working with our Clubs in delivering this highly innovative project.”
It comes in the same year that FIBA has been making a huge worldwide push for the uptake of 3 on 3 basketball, fielding World Championships at different age groups, and doing grass roots tours across the world.
“This investment will open up more opportunities for young people to get involved in this great sport and build on the momentum created by the inspiring summer of Olympic and Paralympic sport,” added Sport England’s Director of Sport, Phil Smith.
“We know many young people are interested in playing basketball and this partnership will help us understand more about the best ways to turn interest into participation and then keep them coming back week after week.”
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