WBUK was founded in 2013, after an initial investment of £300 from England Basketball via their Ball Again project. Since that informal partnership was formed, both organisations have been working hard to formalise an official partnership.
In 2015 the BBL Foundation funded a number of Walking Basketball sessions in partnership with BBL Clubs and many of which are still going today, and since the last event at Crystal Palace in 2016, WBUK have been working diligently alongside Basketball England to obtain major funding for greater national activity. However, unfortunately after 12 months of many meetings and consultations, a joint funding bid in 2017 to Sport England was rejected. This put WBUK plans for the growth of the activity back substantially and was very disappointing.
Moving forward with the new partnership, Basketball England aims to deliver on certain key outcomes to help grow Walking Basketball across the country.
In the last three years, WBUK has attracted funding, albeit local, for all of their target areas. However, a major objective that still remains is to obtain national funding to put WBUK in a position to fund, facilitate and/or develop more Walking Basketball sessions across the country.
To this end, Walking Basketball UK welcomes anyone wishing to start a WBUK session and become an activator. WBUK have associates across the country who can deliver WBUK Activators courses and provide details of funding applications that have been successful for Walking Basketball activities in the past in your area.