Prior: new 3×3 programme can enthuse and inspire girls participation

Today, Basketball England revealed the launch of a new national 3×3 basketball programme for girls that will begin in April 2018. The announcement came on International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the vast achievements of women in society, politics, economics, culture and sport.

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 3×3 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.

The 10 Basketball Regions are North West, North East, Yorkshire, East Midlands, West Midlands, East, South, South West, South East and London.

For Great Britain international Siobhán Prior, the programme represents a huge step in the right direction for women’s basketball.

“I think the new U14 programme is a great initiative to encourage participation,” began the Nottingham Wildcats star.

“3×3 is a great tool to teach the game in an entertaining and efficient format.

“It’s a great pathway to move girls from school basketball into the National League setup.

“We believe this will be the ideal vehicle to keep girls motivated, inspired and engaged while developing their fundamental skills.

“It’s also something a little new and fresh. That always helps and adds to the excitement levels.

“The fact that 3×3 is now a confirmed Olympic sport and could possibly be included at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham means that the girls can look to the professional players for motivation. There’s a clear route from grassroots participation to elite competition.”

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