This week saw UK Sport take the decision to remove funding from British Basketball for the rest of the cycle ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
The shockwaves it sent through the British basketball community were huge, and left no doubt in many minds that something had to be done.
The hashtag “#nolegacy4bball” has been widely used on social media to highlight the issue, but Tuesday’s news clearly had more depth to it than just the loss of funding for the elite men and women.
With regards to the actual criteria which UK Sport uses to decide upon how it awards funds, that has now also come in to question – and the initial reaction was that it must change; not just for basketball, but across the board.
Two petitions were created, one through MVP in regards to restoring funding for basketball, and the other by BBL TV anchor Dan Routledge focusing on the need for change within UK Sport to deliver fairer funding for all.
We know here at UKAmericanSportsFans.com, that funding for British organisations of American sports has been difficult for well over the last decade at the elite level, so we really are reaching out to every UK American Sports Fan to sign these petitions and help fight for change – whether you support a sport featuring in (basketball and ice hockey), or previously featured in the Olympics (baseball), or you are a general sports fan that wants to see real change at the national level.
So please help to make sport fairer, help to fight for the chance to sustain a REAL lasting legacy, not just for basketball, but for sports that have also had to battle their way to Olympic/elite prominence. Sign these petitions and make a difference.
Petition 1) Restore UK Sport funding for basketball
Petition 2) Reconstitute UK Sport for fairer funding
NB: Please remember that after you have entered your details – you MUST click on the link in the email sent to your inbox, otherwise your signature to the petitions will not be registered.