New and updated basketball and netball facilities will soon be coming to Victoria Park as Malvern Town Council delivers a new project working alongside the Malvern Hoops Campaign.
Malvern Town Council recently applied for Section 106 funding and has been successful in securing £50,000 towards costs, subject to planning permission being received. The remainder of the costs will be funded by a contribution of £18,000 from the Town Council, fundraising events put on by the Malvern Hoops and donations from local County Councillors’ funds.
Victoria Park currently has courts that are shared between football and basketball, and netball courts shared with tennis. Under the proposals, netball and tennis players will continue to share, generally being played at different times of the year, but the courts will be freshly marked out and netballers will enjoy the use of four new goal posts.
Meanwhile, football players will no longer have to compete with basketball players for space. The trim trail is to be moved next to the bowling club and a new court laid for basketball games. Most excitingly, the basketball courts will have a new hi-tech playing surface made up of interlocking tiles, providing excellent traction, shock absorption and ball bounce. This will be the first time that this Flex Court surface has been used in England.
Mayor Cllr Cynthia Palmer said “after everyone’s hard work, I am so pleased this project is now coming to fruition. Basketball is an extremely popular sport and two basketball courts in Victoria Park will help to raise both the amount and quality of leisure facilities available to local residents.”
The project has been driven by Malvern Hoops with the support of Worcester Wolves, both of whom will run training courses and taster sessions for those who would like to try their hand at this fast-moving, exciting sport.
Work is due to begin in April 2019 with the courts open to the public in July.