Reach & Teach are the biggest grassroots community basketball organisation in Britain, with more registered members and participants actively involved with our programs than any other club in England, Scotland or Wales. We’re committed to creating new opportunities to play, be coached, compete and enjoy the game at all levels and continue to seek new partners to extend our work and help draw more people into the sport so we can collectively grow the sport across Britain.
Our aim is to successfully develop a tried and tested basketball development model, which has a strong emphasis on increasing access to basketball for local communities and developing sustainable grassroots infrastructure, that we can ultimately roll-out to all regions across Britain. We know the potential for basketball as a sport in Britain is huge and have first-hand experience of how effective it can be in reaching out to young people and developing transferable life skills through active participation while providing a positive, exciting, healthy outlet for people of all segments of our society.
Through the success of the London School of Basketball, we have been able to establish a grassroots community basketball network across London, helping to significantly increase the overall level of participation across the region. More players are actively playing, competing and being coached on a regular basis than every before. However, with the strong increases in participation it soon became evident that we needed to find partners to help establish a visible ‘elite level’ pathway for players, coaches and fans of our sport to continue to evolve across London.
The LSB works well in ‘inspiring’ players, but we needed a focus within the region for them all to be able to aspire towards. Similarly, parents of players and general members of the many communities we reach through the LSB needed a visible, accessible, entertaining focus they could attach themselves to as we continue to work towards ‘converting’ legions of new basketball enthusiasts.
In 2012, London’s Olympic year, the opportunity to align our grassroots programs to an elite level pathway became a reality, as the BBL (British Basketball League) approved the relocation of the MK Lions professional basketball franchise to London.
The move initiated a franchise partnership between Reach & Teach with both the London Lions and GLL, with all partners playing an integral part in the development of a community orientated franchise that connects the grassroots participation base to London’s biggest and most visible professional basketball team.
Through the partnership with GLL, the Lions are to be based at the impressive 6,000 seat, Copperbox Arena at the Olympic Park as part of the Olympic Legacy.
Lions CEO Vince Macaulay enthused “With the partnership of GLL and R&T, combined with an incredible venue, I feel we have all the building blocks in place for a hugely successful community basketball club”
GLL Director Peter Bundey added; “There is already a growing debate around legacy from the Games and this is the first of many tangible initiatives that we are working on under our ‘GLL Inspired’ Legacy programme. We believe that this partnership will become the most exciting legacy catalyst for Basketball in London, with unrivalled community engagement working alongside a premium BBL club. This will be a structure that is also capable of bringing a much needed development pathway to support other basketball clubs within the Capital. It is therefore fitting that the London Lions will be playing their matches from 2013 in London’s newest and most exciting sporting arena”.
Nhamo Shire, Reach & Teach CEO, said ‘We’re committed to the growth and development of the game at the grassroots level and support clubs throughout London in a number of ways to help increase participation. We’ve been working closely with GLL for the past 18 months in developing new opportunities in London, so adding the London Lions to the landscape should help elevate our efforts in getting more people playing, watching, coaching and getting involved with our sport. It’s an exciting time for our game on all levels and we’re looking forward to a new era of growth and development of our game across the capital’.
The new partnership created for the London Lions has been welcomed by London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) who will oversee the legacy transformation and activation of the Olympic Park.
Daniel Moylan, Chairman, London Legacy Development Corporation said “Basketball has been one of the most popular sports of the 2012 Games and we are delighted that our operating partner GLL is bringing the Lions to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Copper Box will host at least 21 basketball games per year as well as offering a wide range of sporting opportunities for the public to use on a daily basis.
BBL Chairman Paul Blake said “The partnership between Lions, GLL, R&T and one of the London 2012 Olympic legacy facilities means a great future for the club and more basketball activity in our capital city, which can only be good news.”
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ABOUT THE LONDON LEGACY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
The LLDC promotes and delivers physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration in the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding area, in particular by maximising the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
It will secure high-quality sustainable development and investment and ensure the long-term success of the facilities and assets within its direct control and supporting and promoting the aim of convergence.
It takes over responsibility for the Park from the Olympic Park Legacy Company, and additional powers including planning powers from October 2012 from the Olympic Delivery Authority Planning Decision Team and London Thames Gateway Development Corporation. For more information visit:www.londonlegacy.co.uk/about-us
ABOUT THE BRITISH BASKETBALL LEAGUE (BBL):
The BBL – British Basketball League – is an independent company, owned by its member clubs, which has run the top men’s professional league in the UK since 1987. It operates a system of franchises over the UK stretching from Plymouth in the south west to Glasgow north of the border.
The BBL is a major contributor to the development of the sport at all levels and its member clubs place a large emphasis on work undertaken in their local communities.
The 2012/13 season will be the League’s 26th.
For more information, visit www.bbl.org.uk