Basketball England’s fast-growing initiative, #ProjectSwish, is improving and upgrading great outdoor spaces to play the sport across the country, and others are getting creative under their own steam through partnerships and crowdfunding.
#ProjectSwish started out as a campaign to deliver thousands of free nets to courts in need - and continues to do that.
But it has expanded, with a series of eye-catching renovations providing a shot in the arm for outdoor courts that service the grassroots of the game
Now in its third year, #ProjectSwish forms part of Basketball England’s #GameTime campaign as we look to inspire people to create great places to play in their communities, up to and beyond the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
"This year we have supported Bradford Council's revamp of Victoria Park and Devonshire Park with the artist Lois O’Hara and worked with the Commonwealth Games organisers and artist and basketballer Kofi Josephs to help create more fantastic places to play outdoors. In addition, Basketball England is working Hoopsfix, the NBA and Footlocker to regenerate the iconic court at Clapham Common.
"On top of that, we have been delighted to see various organisations and individuals get their own projects off the ground and we can help and advise more to do the same with our Court Renovation Guide."
There are more exciting projects due to come to fruition or get under way in the coming months as well, so watch this space and keep an eye on our social media channels for more.
Basketball has the power to change lives. #GameTime will aim to raise awareness of the positive impact that our sport can have on people no matter who they are or where they're from.
We're aiming to engage 1 million people in basketball using the Commonwealth Games 2022, 3x3, #ProjectSwish and more.
Regardless of age, gender or background, across every part of the basketball community.... It's #GameTime!