birmingham 2022

There are two years to go until Birmingham 2022, when basketball will be right at the heart of the Commonwealth Games. 

 

The 3x3 version of the game will take centre stage at an iconic new outdoor venue at Smithfield in the centre of the city. 

Our England teams will be there, looking to better previous achievements when the Men’s and Women’s teams won bronze in 2006 in Melbourne and the Women claimed silver at the 2018 Games on the Gold Coast. 

It will be an opportunity to celebrate our sport - and shine a light on this exciting, accessible form of the game. 

Basketball England also aims to use the Games to inspire a lasting legacy by helping to revive and renovate amazing outdoor spaces across the country and make homes for basketball within our communities. 

Our aims for the Games are:

The 2022 Commonwealth Games represent an incredible opportunity.

We want to celebrate the sport, showcase the 3x3 format to the world and put a spotlight on the whole of the game. In order to do that, we will adopt a fast track approach to creating winning teams that the country can get behind and the media can promote as role models to the nation.

Finally, we want to inspire individuals, communities and clubs to create homes for basketball in neighbourhoods across England by discovering and rejuvenating amazing, accessible outdoor spaces via BE's #ProjectSwish initiative building on a growing trend for local communities to make amazing outdoor courts accessible to everyone.

Stewart Kellett
Basketball England CEO

"The Commonwealth Games will set such a brilliant stage for us to showcase our sport to the nation in this really exciting, vibrant form. 

“We want the basketball community to join us and for an army of new fans and potential players to be inspired by great England teams claiming more Commonwealth Games basketball medals. 

"Soon we will reveal our framework for the 3x3 game in England and how we will recruit players and specialist support staff for the Games. We will be engaging with elite players and 3x3 specialists alike to put together two great squads. We know we have the talent – between now and 2022, we will go about harnessing it. "

Myles Hesson
Birmingham-born GB captain

"Birmingham 2022 is a fantastic opportunity for us to really showcase basketball to the nation. 

"The 3x3 form of the game will be a really exciting and engaging way to show people this version of the sport and basketball in general. 

"And the idea of playing for my country right in the heart of my home city is personally something that is also very attractive to me. 

"Basketball England's aim to inspire the creation and renovation of brilliant outdoor places for kids to play is also something that is close to my heart.  

"I'm excited to see what we can achieve." 

Dominique Allen
Birmingham-born England & GB player

“The 2022 Commonwealth Games is an incredible opportunity to celebrate basketball and inspire a lasting legacy for the sport, the city of Birmingham and beyond. 

“It will be the first time that 3x3 basketball and wheelchair basketball will be at the Games and it will be a great opportunity to showcase the sport’s diversity.  

“Basketball England’s initiative to inspire people to create and renovate outdoor spaces for basketball is something that I'm really excited to see and be a part of.  

“I was lucky enough to be a part of the women's team that won a silver medal at the 2018 Games on the Gold Coast and I have no doubt that the same excitement and success will be felt in 2022.”   

Get behind Team England

Commonwealth Games England CEO, Paul Blanchard said: “The two years to go landmark is something that Team England as the home nation of Birmingham 2022 is thrilled to embrace. These home games which are right on our doorstep will give our fans the opportunity to support our English athletes and give them the best chance to succeed.

"Basketball has always been a key part of the sporting programme for Team England and we have enjoyed working closely with Basketball England to great success on and off the court at previous Commonwealth Games.”

What is 3x3?

As an exciting, action packed, smaller format of the 5x5 game, 3x3 basketball makes its Commonwealth Games debut following a rapid rise in popularity from the street to elite. 

The first official FIBA 3x3 event was held in 2010 at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and on June 9, 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Programmebeginning with the Tokyo 2020 Games. It will now feature at the delayed 2021 Olympics in Japan. 

A year later, Birmingham will witness the quickfire thrills of the smaller format in full effect. 

The flag for the sport in the UK has been carried in recent years by organisations such as BallOut, Bridport 3x3 and George Goldstone Charity 3x3.  

Soon the England national teams will be joining the party.  Find out more below!

How will BE select and prepare teams? 

The Commonwealth Games in 2022 represents a new beginning for Team England.  

England and Great Britain have previously competed in a handful of events and for Birmingham, Basketball England will adopt a fast-track policy for selecting players and coaches to target medals. 

The process of selection for players involves identification by the coaching staff (including reports from scouts) via observation of games and training. Players will be selected using 3x3 rankings, domestic 3x3 talent identification processes and 5x5 GB player format transfer opportunities. 

Plans will be revealed soon but we will consider players from all backgrounds – the elite professional five-game ranks and NBL clubs, as well as specialist 3x3 ballers. 

Legacy

Using the Games as a springboard, we want to facilitate a network of inspiring outdoor spaces to allow people to play basketball, including 3x3. 

Through an expansion of our #ProjectSwish initiative, Basketball England will provide support, advice and a framework to help create great spaces to play and give basketball. 

We want individuals, clubs and local authorities - with our help – to provide opportunities to play by renovating local courts. 

#ProjectSwish has been successful improving people’s outdoor playing experience by providing free nets for outdoor hoops. The project is growing to provide assistance and advice for anyone who wants to build or renovate an outdoor court.