It will also form part of Basketball England’s #ProjectSwish campaign that launched in 2019 with the goal of improving and promoting local spaces to play outdoors.
“We are delighted to work in partnership with Birmingham City Council and Sport England to create new opportunities to play basketball in local neighbourhoods,” said Basketball England chief executive, Stewart Kellett.
“The investment will give young people and adults the opportunity to influence the design of some amazing spaces to play basketball and involve the wider community.
“This is a start of a new momentum for basketball making it more visible and more accessible.”
Our own Active Lives figures show more than one million people regularly play basketball and among those aged 18-34, 14% play every week.
This partnership will work to maximise opportunities to increase the number of people playing in Birmingham, and City Councillor Mariam Khan, the cabinet member for health and social care, is happy to see the council delivering on their pre-Games policy.
“We have always been clear that bringing the Games to Birmingham is not just about 11 days of fantastic sport, but also about the legacy it leaves for all communities and future generations,” she said.
“With Birmingham being one of the youngest and most diverse cities in Europe, basketball has huge potential to grow and increase the number of people engaging in physical activity in the city, particularly through the introduction of 3x3 as a legacy of the B2022 Commonwealth Games.
“The link between physical activity and improved mental health is well documented, and this is particularly vital right now for young people whose mental health has suffered so much during the pandemic.”