Writtle University College in Essex is creating the first bespoke 3×3 courts in the UK.

Six floodlit courts will be located within the current playing fields, including a ‘show-court’ centrepiece, with bold and vibrant colours, designed by artist Molly Hawkins; this area has been designed with 3×3 events and tournaments in mind.

An additional four courts will be based in the centre of the campus, offering opportunities for 3×3 camps and training. The training courts will have lighting systems in place for evening games. All of the courts will have the latest MegaSlam hoop systems in place, which can be lowered to provide playing opportunities for children.

The project supports a wider strategy at WUC to increase opportunities for students and the community, while promoting inclusivity in sport.

Dr Gregory Deacon, WUC’s Head of Sport, said: “This is an exciting time for WUC as we boldly move into a modern era for the university and marks a significant evolution of our offering.”

“3×3 is a fast-growing, popular sport and we’re proud to create and host the UK’s first ever bespoke 3×3 courts. It’s the first of many fantastic projects and will help us to support students, athletes and the local community by moving towards an inclusive, forward-thinking future. We also look forward to opening our newly developed Centre for Exercise and Health.”

Martin Dyan, 3×3 basketball consultant and Founder of The GG3x3, the UK’s largest non-profit 3×3 basketball community platform, said: “There is an ever increasing demand for 3×3 events and facilities, particularly in the UK. It’s been a pleasure to work with the team at WUC, to support and share its vision for 3×3.

“The sport is growing and we should be investing in it as much as possible. The quality of the offering here at Writtle will set the tone for universities, schools and sporting bodies who want to take part in the growth of the game across the country.”

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