The latest participation figures for basketball, released by Sport England last week, have revealed an increase in weekly participation up 21,800 to 152,900 with the main increase coming from young people in school & further education. With regards to overall trends since Active People Survey (APS) 6 figures were released in October 2011, basketball has seen a growth in females involved in the sport, as well as an increase in club members, players actively involved in competitive basketball, and a growth in BME participation. It is also estimated that the number of people playing the sport at least once a week in further education has risen by nearly 12,000 in this period.
Mark Clark, Basketball England Interim Chief Executive, expressed his delight following the announcement:
"I was very pleased that the APS results show basketball moving in the right direction. It is key that along with our partners we look to build on this positive outcome and increase participation across the board."
(A WBA player enjoying our latest Satellite Club event - photograph courtest of Alan Mousley/AGM Pics)
Charlie Ford, Education & Satellite Club Manager, added: " This APS increase is further proof that if basketball is delivered in an appropriate way e.g. Satellite clubs, we can increase participation within the educational sector and as a result increase the transition rate from education into formal/informal basketball participation. Our partnerships with the Premier League, County Sports Partnerships, Community hub clubs and of course Sport England are pivotal to our continuous growth in terms of cultivating a long term participation strategy for basketball."
For further information on Satellite clubs and how to get involved please visit: https://www.basketballengland.co.uk/playcompete/education/satellite-clubs
For further details about Sport England's Active People Survey, please visit: http://www.sportengland.org/research/who-plays-sport/