The British Basketball Federation has announced they’ve secured £1,000,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to support the delivery of its programmes this year, including its campaign at EuroBasket 2017.
It is confirmation of the ‘alternate funding source’ interim CEO Lisa Wainwright referred to in an interview with Hoopsfix in December and will help ensure the Great Britain team receives the preparation it needs when it competes at EuroBasket 2017, as well as providing vital support for other programmes over the 2017-18 funding period (which is from April 1st, 2017 to end of March 2018).
The BBF has stated the programme aims to improve support and recognition for players over the coming months.
“We are encouraged that Sport England continue to see the need to invest in British Basketball,” British Basketball Interim Chair Bill McInnes said.
“There is a huge appetite for the game and a common desire to drive the sport to new heights in this country.
“Basketball in Britain has an incredibly diverse community led by our fantastic volunteers, referees, coaches and players and we welcome the recognition that British Basketball can successfully contribute to Sport England’s Towards an Active Nation strategy.
“We are determined to give the one million children, who play Basketball in schools within England, Scotland and Wales and the 163,800 aged 16 and over, an inspirational programme, whereby they can and want to be the next stars in the British teams.”
The BBF added that further announcements and appointments can be expected over the next few weeks.
The £1m BBF award is separate to the £4.7m announced by Sport England for Basketball England over the next four year cycle.
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