Basketball England have launched a pilot scheme to provide financial assistance for young players in order that they can play basketball.

The £10,000 Assist Fund will provide junior members with allowances of between £50 and £100, with clubs eligible to apply for support for up to three of their players.

The selection process will be undertaken in partnership with Basketball England’s ten Regional Management Committees, who will provide local knowledge and background to anyone wishing to access the Fund.

Basketball England’s Chair Clare Wardle said: “Basketball is for everyone, and the Assist Fund will provide valuable support to our members that need it the most. We know how popular basketball is and the effect it can have on people’s lives. There shouldn’t be any barriers to overcome if someone chooses to be involved in our sport.”

It follows feedback about the need to find ways to help young people who come up against financial issues when trying to play the game, especially those from low-income families.

To find out more about the Assist Fund, for application guidance and to fill out an application form ahead of the March 4 deadline, visit

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