Learn in detail about

Our Work

As well as providing support and advice to other organisations, the Foundation manages programmes aimed at improving lives through basketball with a range of delivery partners.

See more about current programmes below:

Hoops4Health is a five-stage healthy living programme using basketball as an activity to convey a range of positive health messages to young people in primary schools, whilst also providing them with the skills and relevant outlets to continue playing basketball.

If your school would like to get involved in this programme, then contact your local club or use our contact us form

The programme has five stages as follows:

  1. Roadshows – players spend an afternoon in a primary school providing basketball coaching and lessons on healthy eating, fitness, and no smoking.
  2. Basketball coaching – to develop the skills of the young people and promote a continued interest in the sport, whilst preparing for the competition stages of the scheme.
  3. Hoops4Health Regional Tournaments – schools are invited to enter teams into local tournaments run by the BBL club in their region.
  4. Hoops4Health Regional Finals – the semi-finals and final of each regional tournament take place during half-time of a BBL Championship regular season game.
  5. Hoops4Health National Finals – the teams that prevail from each of the regions competes in the national finals tournament.

The programme also has the benefit of giving young people at Primary School a first taste of basketball and links to the many development and club opportunities that are provided by BBL Clubs and Basketball England.

The Foundation successfully applied for £1.9million funding for Project Hub in 2014, which will be released between July 2014 and March 2017 to increase community participation in basketball by those aged 14 and over by creating community opportunities at venues across 14 cities / regions in England, predominantly by using the community side of BBL Clubs to deliver against their own delivery plan.

The Project consisted of Phase 1 with three clubs delivering before the project was expanded nationally following lessons learnt. Over the first 12 months of the programme, 11 different plans have been submitted and as of June, 8 delivery organisations are delivering on the programme with over 1600 participants, of which 1200 are over 14.

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In September 2015, the Basketball Foundation began the pilot of a University Ambassador programme.  This offers University students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in the sports development sector by managing a range of activities encouraging more students and staff to get involved in recreational basketball opportunities.

The student is supported both by the University and the Foundation and a partner BBL Club.

The initial pilot is with 10 universities from Plymouth to Leeds.  If you are a University and would like to get involved in a future edition, please contact us.