Great news for basketball fans, that should start with a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to sign the Fund British Basketball petition. Every single one of you helped to make this difference.
UK Sport have reversed their decision to take funding away from basketball in the run up to Rio 2016. The fact that basketball will now receive support from UK Sport is a great move for British Basketball.
The funding from UK Sport will be awarded on a one year, conditional basis, with a further three years of funding released if British Basketball fulfils strict performance criteria that will be set out in coming weeks.
British Basketball made an appearance in front of the UK Sport board earlier in the week, after the subject was discussed in Parliament last Monday, which came about after the Fund British Basketball Petition surpassed the 10,000 signature mark.
Roger Moreland, the Performance Chariman of British Basketball has said of the decision; "We are absolutely delighted with the decision of UK Sport today. They have acknowledged that we successfully presented compelling new performance data, which not only impressed the Board but made them recognise that we are potential podium contenders for 2020. They could see from our evidence and that supplied by Patrick Baumann from our International Federation (FIBA) that our sport has an upward trajectory in terms of both performance and participation.
"The endorsement and support of FIBA also played a crucial part in our success by demonstrating through technical information, how much progress we have made over the last 7 years as well as our position globally. We will now enter into a dialogue with UK Sport about the actual details and level of funding as well the support services required. This is a momentous day for British Basketball and everyone who is connected with the sports, whether players, fans or officials."
It was also great to see GB Captain Andrew Sullivan taking to Twitter earlier to show his delight at the decision:
Again, a big thank you to everyone who signed the petition, basketball couldn't have done it without you!