The London Region Under 14 Girls Basketball England 3x3 FIBA Endorsed event took place at London Metropolitan University, Holloway on Saturday as teams competed against each other to raise the profile of female basketball within the country.
A number of the teams had already competed at events held prior to this and qualified for this event whilst also encouraging new players and teams to take part with the event having over 40 Under 14 girls players present. Whilst the event also featured an all-female referee team.
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 created to attract beginners as it includes fewer players to organise, more frequent, shorter games and more time on the ball for those participating.
At an interval between games, a shooting skills contest were held with each team player attempting the same number of shots for an overall team total. Winners of the free throw challenge were Haringey ‘B' and winners of the three-point contest were Haringey ‘A'.
Florida State University Seminoles player Savannah Wilkinson, an ex-London regional representative who has gone on to represent the England National team and Great Britain was a guest speaker at the event shared her journey to the participants said "So grateful that I got a chance to give back! Loved meeting the girls!"
Basketball England Vice-Chair - Grace Jacca was also present at the event and handed out the certificates and medals to the participants said "Basketball continues to be the most diverse and inclusive sport. This U14 girl's 3v3 event demonstrated the spirit of this amazing game where all participants can be fast and dynamic working together as a strong unit that showcases all skills and fast paced components of basketball. 3x3 format is uniquely positioned to promote the game of basketball and brings together youngsters who are inspired to become great players. One thing I know for sure is that basketball no longer deserves to be seen as a 'sleeping giant' that is reignited every now and then! I was pleasantly encouraged by the turnout to this event that brings basketball firmly into the forefront. Thanks to all the participants and organisers who made this event possible and I look forward to seeing all the amazing ways we can work together to increase the growth of basketball for all genders and abilities."
London Lions Cubs and HH Warriors advance to Manchester for the National Celebration Event at the National Basketball Performance Centre this month to play against the other regions.