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- 18 November 2014 00:00
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After months of representation by the sport, British Basketball will receive an additional £1.18million from Sport England to support the national men’s and women’s teams through to November 2017.
This funding comes with strings attached, tougher conditions around governance of the sport, and some ‘added value’ in terms of technical expertise from UK Sport. British Basketball will itself invest £592,000 as part of a new agreement that will see performance targets set for the national teams.
Political intervention via the Minister for Sport was needed for basketball to receive further funding, with the rationale being that basketball can help drive grassroots sports participation rates by reaching young people and diverse communities in a way that other sports cant.
This new funding package is intended to provide the platform on which the sport can be taken forward both on and off the court in the hope of bringing stability to a sport that has so often in the past appeared to be fractured. Twice yearly reviews conducted by UK Sport as part of its UK Sports Mission 2016 will quickly establish whether this sport is progressing in its governance and organisation as much as in its public appeal.