Creative Courts:

Uniting Basketball, The Community & Street Art

London based urban arts group aims to turn basketball courts into giant works of art to promote grass roots basketball.

Last weekend visitors to the Walthamstow Garden party were asked to participate in creating the design for two basketball courts in Lloyd Park, Walthamstow, East London with the launch of a new arts project, Creative Courts.

Over 350 submissions on postcards were submitted over the weekend, with designs drawn on postcards and on a giant blackboard basketball court, inspired by Candy Chang's "Before I Die" project, where the community will be encourage to draw their designs in chalk, which were wiped down and started again every hour.

For young people between the ages of 11 and 15, basketball is the second largest team sport in the country after football however it receives nowhere near the same funding. Creative Courts project aims to help promote grass roots basketball as culture and creativity in public spaces, driven by the local community.

The Creative Courts toolkit, designed by London based design agency Bold & Bold is aimed to be used to help the community design and share their designs to be painted across multiple basketball courts in London and beyond, which also included creating basketball nets to be hung all across London. After Lloyd Park's makeover is complete, a second court in Thamesmead planned to be painted in 2019.

Take part with a chance to see your design painted onto a basketball court

People can take part by downloading our Creative Courts postcard.

Draw your designs and then:

- Share on social media with the hashtag #creativecourts OR

- Upload your design to our website www.creativecourts.co.uk

Shortlisted Designs to be chosen by the local community

All designs will be reviewed with a shortlist to be decided by funder William Morris Big Local, Waltham Forest Flames, ward councillors from London Borough of Waltham Forest, Bold and Bold, Friends of Lloyd Park & Wood Street Walls.

Additional Facts on the reach of basketball

Since London 2012, the proportion of adults who did no fitness sessions of at least 30 minutes in the previous month has increased to 57 per cent, according to Sport England. The decrease in physical activity has been greatest among the most disadvantaged socioeconomic groups. To inspire grassroots participation, shiny medals count for much less than maintaining local community sports facilities. 

Every week, 175,000 people between 14 and 25 play, as many as play cricket and golf combined; 336,000 people aged 14 and above play in England at least once a month.

People are invited to participate by downloading the workbook at download.creativecourts.co.uk

About Wood Street Walls

Wood Street Walls has three main goals as an organisation:

1. To bring public art to our area of East London for residents and visitors to enjoy, to encourage greater footfall and custom to local business. We have looked to other successful initiatives over the pond such as Wynwood Walll

2. To provide free periodic workshops for the charities, school children and beyond - to build a connection between the artistic and local community and help develop grow new talent for the next generation of artists.

3. Our final and biggest goal of our project is the establishing of a new creative hub for the area: Wood Street Studios, by repurposing a disused and derelict building in the area. According to a study commissioned by the Mayor of London, in 5 years over 30% of the current 14,000 artists in London will no longer have a place to call their own due to rising rents and land being developed by residential housing.

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