Charity promoting participation in the sport of basketball for all children and young people, supported by WillisPalmer.
The Ipswich Basketball Foundation supported by WillisPalmer has been established to promote participation in basketball in Ipswich and surrounding areas in Suffolk.
Our vision is to create an abundance of opportunities for children and young people - both boys and girls - to engage and participate in basketball in their local area. Such opportunities are often limited by lack of facilities, economic hardship or lack of knowledge about the enjoyment basketball can bring to young people.
In addition the IBF will support those young people who are already playing the game but who would benefit from opportunities to improve and develop a longer term interest or career in the sport but who may not have the financial means to do so.
We will achieve this by promoting basketball activity in the local area, through schools and local clubs; and by enabling more young people to discover a sport that promotes discipline, teamwork, leadership and fair play. We believe, and have seen first hand, team sports and basketball especially, has the power to transform young people’s lives.
The trustees of the Ipswich Basketball Foundation are Mark Willis, chief executive of WillisPalmer, and Alison Taylor-Willis. We were inspired to launch the foundation after our own daughter Cameron discovered basketball when she was 11 years of age. Her involvement in the game has taught her teamwork, leadership, responsibility and discipline.
However, some families struggle to meet the costs of playing organised sport – subscriptions, equipment, clothing and travel are all expensive. Our mission is to help those families so that more children and young people have access to this wonderful sport.
The Ipswich Basketball Foundation provides grants to organisations or individuals where it can be clearly demonstrated that by providing such funding it will serve to promote greater participation in basketball in Ipswich and the surrounding areas of East Anglia.
Our aim is to enable and encourage as many young people as possible to benefit from the sport regardless of financial resources.
The IBF is currently for children connected to or registered with Ipswich Basketball Club. Phase two next year will widen the opportunities to children in the community to encourage more young people to play.
Trustee Mark Willis said: “We founded the Ipswich Basketball Foundation because we love the sport and have seen first hand how it has the power to change young people’s lives”.
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