Basketball England is delighted to announce the launch of a new national 3x3 basketball programme for girls that will begin in April 2018.
With the help of funding from FIBA’s Youth Development Fund, the new programme will aim to begin bridging the gap between male and female participation at the Under 14 level. Basketball England’s 10 regions will play an important role in the programme through recruitment, promotion and organisation.
With each region engaged to host at least one 3x3 celebration event in their area before a national event is held in mid-June 2018, over 1,000 girls will have the opportunity to experience basketball in a fun, encouraging and social environment. Each event will be run to a format which best suits each region, with some focussing on beginner players whilst others will be focussing on encouraging girls to transition from playing basketball at school to a more regular environment. Each region will also be responsible for providing 2 teams for the national event in June, which can be selected to recognise fair-play, most-improved or the best performing teams. The 10 Basketball Regions are North West, North East, Yorkshire, East Midlands, West Midlands, East, South, South West, South East and London.
Grace Jacca, Vice Chair of Basketball England said, “3x3 is a really dynamic way to play, and there is a place for everyone and any type of player. With FIBA behind this event and the amount of 3x3 that is beginning to be played around the country, this is going to be really positive for women’s basketball.”
Basketball England’s Relationship & Coordination Manager (South) Laura Doherty said, “We hope to get more girls into basketball by using this programme to show that anyone can play. A player’s skill level doesn’t matter, there’s always an opportunity to improve. 3x3 is a great version of the game, and any girl of any ability should get involved and have some fun!”
3x3 is an ever growing format of the game and is receiving significant coverage in recent years. It has already been confirmed as a feature sport at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, as well as the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The game is ideal for beginners as it includes fewer players to organise, more frequent, shorter games and more time on the ball for those playing.
The programme will be formally launched by Basketball England’s CEO Stewart Kellett at 4pm on Thursday 8 March 2018 to coincide with International Women’s Day. A clinic for local girls in the Nottinghamshire area will be run between 4pm-6pm at Nottingham Wildcats Arena, involving expert coaching by WBBL players from the Nottingham Wildcats.