Basketball England has launched #ProjectSwish – a new initiative that aims to put 1000 basketball nets on outdoor hoops across the country!

Having a net attached to a basket makes so much difference to the enjoyment of playing basketball, from the pleasing sound of a swish to not having to fetch the ball from as far away when you score.

Not only will basketball players of all ages and abilities be able to benefit from #ProjectSwish, but it will also help us identify courts in key locations for potential renovation.

Plus, recipients of the nets can help Basketball England increase the ‘Find A Court’ database by posting a picture of the newly installed net on Instagram with the court’s location and the #ProjectSwish hashtag. Head over to @projectswishengland on IG for more!

How to install your net in five easy steps +

Set up a step ladder underneath the basketball hoop.

Loop the first net loop through the basketball rim.

Push the net through the first hook on the rim.

Pull the net loop down and spread the rope across the hook. Pull tightly to secure

If the hoop does not have hooks to install a net, use the cable ties provided.

Test the net and remove any wrinkles by pulling down on the bottom of the net.

Take care getting down the ladder and move it to a safe place.

It’s time to play!

Tips for safely installing your new net +

1. A suitable and reliable ladder should be used when installing your net.

2. We suggest that you are accompanied by another person to ensure installation is safe. This also applies when removing the old net.

3. Do not install your net in windy or raining conditions.

4. When setting up your ladders, make sure they’re on solid, flat ground and the feet aren’t resting on any cracks or uneven floor.

5. Make sure your ladder is set up close to the basket. Leaning is never a good idea, and maintain “3-points of contact” at all times (2 feet and a hand on the ladder, or two feet on the ladder and a hand on the basket).

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