Thu 9 Feb 23
The University of Essex has netted a prestigious award after being named one of Basketball England’s educational intuitions of the year.
The recognition comes hot on the heels of a crunch tournament which saw the nation’s top players face off on the Colchester campus.
And follows Volleyball England recognising the "trailblazing" steps Essex is making in the sport.
Home to professional sides the Essex Rebels the University has worked tirelessly to develop and promote the growing game, with youth sides, community outreach and award-winning matchdays.
Simon Lister, Business Development Manager, said: “This award is a testament to the hard work of our team here at Essex Rebels.
“Attendance is growing year on year as word is spreading about our fantastic family-friendly affordable games
“We work tirelessly to celebrate and promote The Rebels and inspire the ballers of tomorrow.”
The Rebels are poised for silverware this year with the women’s team playing in the quarter-finals of the WBBL Trophy against Newcastle Eagles at home this month.
Basketball England championed the University for the award as it “helps nurture an environment for its’ pupils to participate in the game and achieve their potential."
The award was open to every school, university and education setting in the region.
Stewart Kellett, Basketball England CEO, said: "Congratulations to our amazing 2022 award winners. Basketball is fighting back after a tough period during COVID and the without the network of clubs, volunteers, staff, officials, coaches and others who keep our game so vibrant and valuable for our communities, there would be no basketball.
"You are the lifeblood of the game, and we thank you for everything you do."