Birmingham A’s received £296,545 to continue its Hoops4Health project which provides a healthy living educational programme with professional sporting role models to children in primary and secondary schools.

The club will use basketball as an activity to convey positive health messages, such as the importance of physical exercise and eating healthily. The project aims to expand in order to improve young people’s employment opportunities through employment skills training, providing support in gaining qualifications and gaining work experience through volunteering.

Nigel Hanson of Aston Athletics Basketball Club said:

“with a total project budget of £ 770,000 “Hoops4Health’s importance lies in the opportunity to create a lasting social legacy through the use of basketball for social change over the next five years.”

Hoops4Health will educate 10,000 children whilst developing 50 new grass roots basketball clubs that will use sport, health education and fun as a catalyst for social change. The project aims to provide better opportunities of health education to children, training for young people and employment opportunities for adults living in some of the regions most deprived areas.

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