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Hoopsfix Foundation to debut Pro-Am for men & women at CoLA this summer

Hoopsfix Foundation to debut Pro-Am for men & women at CoLA this summer

The Hoopsfix Foundation will debut the first ever Hoopsfix Pro-Am this summer in London, sponsored by Jordan brand, taking place from June 19th until July 16th at City of London Academy, Southwark.

The five week summer league aims to bring together the best of British basketball, targeted at elite level players, some of whom are rarely seen in organised competition in the UK.

The event, which is free for spectators, has been NCAA certified to allow Division 1 student-athletes to play and will feature 8 men’s teams, and 4 women’s teams, taking place from 12pm until 8pm on Sunday 19th & 26th June, and Saturday 2nd, 9th and 16th July.

All games will be live streamed, with photography and highlights to profile the athletes, with a physio on site throughout the day to ensure player’s welfare is prioritised. Every week, 250 tickets will be open for free registration to the community.

To register an expression of interest to play/have a team for the men’s league, please fill out the form here, to register for the women’s league, fill out the form here.

To apply for media accreditation, click here.

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Hoopsfix Foundation releases first resource to help transform outdoor basketball courts

Hoopsfix Foundation releases first resource to help transform outdoor basketball courts

The Hoopsfix Foundation today releases its first official resource, a guide on how to renovate outdoor basketball courts.

How to Renovate Your Local Basketball Court‘ is a 34-page, 5000-word booklet, guiding anyone through every step of the way to take their court from a state of disrepair to something they can be proud of.

Drawing upon experiences learned through the Foundation’s first court renovation project at Clapham Common, while also consulting with various people across the UK who have also been involved with their own court transformations, it is the first in-depth resource of its kind in the UK.

“I’m incredibly proud to release our first resource to help empower people within their own local communities,” Sam Neter, Executive Director of the Hoopsfix Foundation said.

“We’ve said that the work we do with the Foundation we want to be scaleable and have national impact, acting as a facilitator and enabler for others. This guide does exactly that.

“Clapham Common was a 3 year project from initial idea to completion and there were countless learnings along the way, and now we are able to share all of those with others with the aim of helping produce better quality outdoor facilities across the country.”

The guide, designed by Lizzy Harrison, is endorsed by Basketball England, Project Swish and Project in the Paint, featuring 14 chapters along with an appendix of case studies to demonstrate what is possible with different budgets.

To coincide with the launch, an hour long behind the scenes Vlog of the Clapham Common renovation was released on YouTube, giving week-by-week insight into what goes into a court transformation project:

The digital pdf version of the guide completely free, while the print version is £9.99, with all proceeds going towards the Foundation’s work. Optional donations are also welcomed.

You can order the guide from Gumroad by clicking here.

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Hoopsfix Foundation Discord server launched to connect UK hoops community

Hoopsfix Foundation Discord server launched to connect UK hoops community

The Hoopsfix Foundation has launch an official Discord server, an online community for people working in off-court roles to help grow British basketball.

Ranging from club owners, to staff, to business owners, event organisers, content creators and coders, the community that is already approaching 50 members communicates daily, sharing lessons learned, asking questions and networking to help strengthen the game.

“I think this will fast become one of the most valuable online spaces in British basketball,” Hoopsfix Foundation Executive Director Sam Neter commented.

“There is a wealth of experience in our game that goes completely untapped, and hopefully by providing a centralised location for people to connect it will mean we can all learn from each other and get better to help grow the game.”

Already in its short existence it has connected various people, helped members get media accreditation to numerous events, aided setting up basketball clubs, shared countless sources of funding and discussed different routes to gaining sponsorship.

The server is open to anyone who wants to help grow the basketball economy in the UK, whether they are currently already working within the sport or aspire to be.

If you are interested in joining, contact Sam Neter on [email protected] with a bit about yourself and why you think the server will be of value to you.

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Hoopsfix Foundation board members appointed as new phase beckons

Hoopsfix Foundation board members appointed as new phase beckons

The Hoopsfix Foundation today announces the appointment of four new board members as it prepares to head into its next phase of growth.

With an updated mission statement and articles of association, the new board will help align and drive the organisation forward to maximise the Foundation’s impact on British basketball.

Former England international Steve Nelson, will take on the Chair role, and is joined by Dr Natalie Campbell, Richard Frost, and Faith Okwuosa, as the board has decades of combined experience across the private and public sectors whilst all being passionate basketball advocates.

“I’m hugely excited about our new additions to the board,” said Sam Neter, who will report to the Foundation board as Executive Director.

“There is a wealth of opportunity within British basketball to make lasting change, and with the wealth of experience and expertise of our board, I think the Foundation has the potential to be at the forefront of that.”

Steve Nelson

Steve Nelson – Chair

Steve Nelson, a former England international and professional basketball player of 15 years, is Chief Executive of the West of England Sport Trust (Wesport),

Previously head of development for England Basketball, he has created the County Sports Partnership for Sussex, and Wesport and has held numerous non-executive roles in the sport, culture and voluntary sectors.

Steve works regularly at a national level within the Active Partnerships network, and in his voluntary roles. He is a member of the Sport Think Tank Advisory Group, an independent network dedicated to thorough and insightful thinking around sporting policy in the UK. Steve has also worked on a consultancy basis for UK Sport as part of the International Inspiration programme, working in India and Trinidad and Tobago.

Outside of work, he has been a volunteer basketball coach at regional, county, and junior national league level, with his team crowned under 18 men’s national champions in 2011. He has developed and supported more than a dozen players that have gone on to represent England or GB, including his son and daughter, Luke and Kyla, both of whom are GB Senior internationals.

Steve’s knowledge and experience will contribute to the foundation through his extensive knowledge of sports and the public sector, not-for-profit operations, management, performance and grassroots basketball, and sporting policy.

Dr Natalie Campbell

Dr Natalie Campbell – Director

Natalie is a chartered psychologist specialising in developing subjective health and well-being through targeted intervention. She has worked across high performance sport and higher education for over 10 years, and is currently based at the University of Gloucester as a Senior Lecturer.

A sports academic, a leadership consultant and a published author, Natalie is also a volunteer Special Olympic coach and a trustee.

Within sport, she has worked as a performance psychologist and a performance lifestyle coach for a number of national athletes, teams and squads, primarily in her role with the English Institute of Sport for almost 5 years. Within higher education, she specialises in teaching on Sport & Exercise Science degrees, with a particular focus on social psychology, athlete wellbeing and mental health, developing cultures of care, and team dynamics.

A former player, Natalie has played at Thames Valley Tigers, Reading Rockets, Plymouth Raiders, BUCS, and London Westside, whilst also being a Level 2 Basketball England qualified coach. She hung up her boots when she moved to Bath and had her 2 daughters.

Natalie’s knowledge and experience will contribute to the foundation through strategic development of acquiring funding grants, delivering research projects, and communicating impact and evaluation of projects.

Richard Frost

Richard Frost – Director

Richard is a brand consultant and founder of First Five Marketing, with over 14 years cross-functional experience in the sports industry.

Having previously spent more than a decade at Nike, leading the full-funnel brand engagement strategy, as well as lifecycle membership and affiliate projects for the UK’s most played Team and Specialty sports including Basketball, Rugby, Football, Netball, Cricket, Golf, Tennis, Skate and American Football.

Past projects have included working with iconic clubs, federations and athletes to launch industry leading apparel, footwear and brand narrative for World Cups, European Championships, Champions League Finals and Olympic Games; all with the ultimate goal of growing capacity for more people to enjoy sport on their terms.

Richard’s knowledge and experience will contribute to the foundation through input on brand strategy & positioning, consumer insights, product and campaign marketing, along with creative and media planning.

Faith Okwuosa – Director

Faith is a Brunel University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Design and Branding Strategy, who went on to pursue her career in Technology and building exciting digital products.

With a near decade of experience across digital teams in the capacity of a Developer, Scrum Master, Software Tester, and now a Product Manager, Faith has been responsible for and/or been a part of the development team for many successful digital products and has also received recognition in her field after being shortlisted for the UK eCommerce Rising Star Award (2019).

Faith has been involved in basketball for the last 15 years as a Coach, Team Manager, Referee, Table Official, Statistician, and player at all levels in the U.K (WBBL, NBL, Local league).

Faith continuously supports the growth of basketball in this country by offering her knowledge, skillset, and time to clubs and organisations within the community, including our very own Hoopsfix All-Star Classic.

Faith’s knowledge and experience will contribute to the foundation through input on all technology-focused projects, advising on user interface and user experience, technologies, product, and development cycles.

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The Foundation had its first board meeting this month, and outlined immediate priorities, which includes two funding bids that will be submitted in the coming weeks.

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New Hoopsfix Foundation website launched

New Hoopsfix Foundation website launched

As the Hoopsfix Foundation prepares to level up, increasing its capacity and heading into its next phase of development, the new website has officially been launched.

Featuring clear pages outlining who we are, what we do, and where our attention is currently focused, the website will also allow people to donate to support the Foundation’s work with financial contributions, whilst signing up to volunteer their services.

Having re-written the Foundation’s governing articles, we are now in the process of recruiting four new board members to oversee the organisation moving forward.

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