New hoops for budding basketball players in Little Common

Budding basketball players can now shoot hoops at Little Common Recreation Ground thanks to the arrival of new equipment.

Friday, 16th November 2018, 10:40 am
Updated Friday, 16th November 2018, 10:41 am
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Two basketball goals have been installed by Rother District Council on a disused, hard standing area following a request from Rueben, a young person living in the village.

He asked if the council could improve facilities to enable him and his friends to get out in the fresh air, play basketball and get some exercise.

Previously the only option was to travel across town and across busy roads to play.

From left: Adrian Gaylon, Rother's sports development officer; Cllr JIm Carroll, Rother's cabinet member for young people, sport and leisure; Dave Miles president of the Rotary Club of Senlac; and Rebecca Owen, Rother's parks development officer, with keen basketball player Rueben, who requested the goals, and his brothers Stanley and Eli SUS-181114-151929001

Funding to enable the project to happen has been helped by a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Senlac, to support money provided from the Rother District Council’s sports development and parks budget.

Cllr Jim Carroll, Rother District Council’s cabinet member for young people, sport and leisure, said: “I’m delighted that we have been able to act on the young person’s request and add basketball goals to improve the popular recreation ground.

“I am extremely grateful to the late Cllr Stuart Earl, the local councillor to the area, who not only backed the plans but secured a donation from the local Rotary Club to make the project possible.”

He added: “Taking part in sport has huge benefits for physical and mental health and wellbeing.

“I hope the new basketball court will prove popular and encourage more people in the area to get active.”

The district council says it is committed to promoting an active and healthy lifestyle, developing facilities and encouraging participation in physical activities where it can, and improving public spaces and encourage residents to use them.

Pictured above with keen basketball player Rueben and his brothers Stanley and Eli, are Adrian Gaylon, Rother’s sports development officer; Cllr Jim Carroll, Rother’s cabinet member for young people, sport and leisure; Dave Miles president of the Rotary Club of Senlac; and Rebecca Owen, Rother’s parks development officer.

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