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Basketball England has today announced a new ‘Assist Fund’ to benefit young players who might need financial assistance in order to play and enjoy basketball.
The new Fund, supported by a £10,000 allocation from Basketball England, will provide junior members with allowances of between £50 and £100, with clubs eligible to apply for support for up to three of their junior members.
It comes after Basketball England’s members and clubs have fed back about the need to find ways to help young people who come up against financial issues when trying to play the game, especially those from low-income families.
The selection process for successful applications will be undertaken in partnership with Basketball England’s ten Regional Management Committees, who will provide valuable local knowledge and background to anyone wishing to access the Fund.
Basketball England’s Chair Clare Wardle commented:
“Basketball is for everyone, and the Assist Fund will provide valuable support to our members that need it the most. We know how popular basketball is and the effect it can have on people’s lives. There shouldn’t be any barriers to overcome if someone chooses to be involved in our sport.”
To find out more about the Assist Fund, for application guidance and to fill out an application form, please go to the following page: https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/assist-fund/
The closing date for applications is 4 March 2019. Once the initial pilot has concluded, Basketball England will evaluate the success of the Assist Fund and communicate the possibility of further funding rounds in the future.
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