Following the Government announcement on 22 September that fans will not be allowed back to sporting events, we are currently assessing the impact this will have on professional basketball in the UK.
The UK is a great sporting nation and the positive impact that sport has on communities and on physical and mental health can be seen at all levels from grassroots through to elite levels. As such, it is no exaggeration to say that the impact of this decision will be deeply felt by all 11 WBBL clubs and the communities they operate in.
We recognise that the Government is taking these measures in the interests of the nation’s health and we fully support them in that.
However, to remove the possibility of such a vital source of income weeks before we were due to start our season means we have no option but to call on the Government for immediate support at this crucial time.
The viability of our league, the only professional women’s basketball league in the UK, is predicated on the ticket income of fans who show their support each week and without this support we are in danger of losing clubs who work in the heart of their communities, as well as the current and future generations of talented sportspeople.
Report Source: WBBL