Stockport Council’s Greenspace Team in partnership with Basketball England launched a new and exciting redeveloped Old South Park court this Saturday. After a successful bid for a £17.5k grant from Sport England, the innovative design with back-to-back adult and junior nets means all ages now have free access to a basketball facility, filling a gap in the sport’s provision in south Stockport.
The refurbished courts sit adjacent to the popular skate ramp that was unveiled last year. The two facilities together create a unique urban sports zone, which was unveiled on Saturday 7 October at Old South Park.
The event had playing opportunities and basketball sessions and for all in attendance throughout the day with support from Life Leisure, who will be delivering some of the sessions. The renovation in Stockport is part of the wider pilot project across the country to repair rundown outdoor courts that can service a significant urban population.
Charles Johnston, Property Director for Sport England, said: “We’re delighted to support the improvements to these basketball courts which will be hugely enjoyed by local residents. Providing communities with facilities such as these, where it’s a pleasure to play, is crucial in encouraging people to try out a sport and live more active lives.”
This pilot aims to understand the value of redeveloping local outdoor courts and encourage other communities across the country to support basketball and bring existing courts back into use.
Basketball England’s Senior Delivery Manager said “We’re really pleased with the new basketball area at South Park. The new surfacing and baskets provide a much-improved playing experience for local players. The provision of baskets at different heights allows people of all ages to be involved in the game and the chance to borrow a basketball from adjacent Rugby club means giving basketball a go is accessible to all.”