Campaign to improve Ormeau Park courts starts Sunday

Broken backboards & torn nets

The Belfast Hussars are organising a 3v3 outdoor “End of Summer” basketball tournament in the Ormeau Park, Belfast on 16th September 2012. They would like to invite everyone who loves and plays basketball from across Northern Ireland to participate in this one-day event, starting at 10:00 am.

The Ormeau Park outdoor basketball courts are the most popular basketball courts in Belfast. The court is in poor condition and needs to be resurfaced. It is currently made of tarmac with a rough and worn-out surface that may exacerbate potential injuries during falls. It is inadequate for the sport to be played on and needs immediate attention.

This tournament will not only draw the summer season 2012 to a close but will also make the local authorities aware that this court needs to be urgently upgraded to allow people of any age, gender, race, nationality and ability to enjoy basketball and improve their skills on a good quality community basketball court.

This space should be made available for recreational basketball without charge and for the use of all. The modernised court could constitute an attractive multi-usage space that could be used for other sporting events.

The recommended specifications for the court should include the following:

• A basketball playing area and backboards compliant with the official regulations and standards.
• A suitable dedicated area, to enable control of access for events when required.
• A floor surface suitable for high performance play and meeting wheelchair basketball requirements.

We need your support!




The ‘best’ outdoor basketball court in Belfast – really?

It is very important to get as many people as possible on Sunday to the park. So, if you love basketball and think that this game should be promoted better in Northern Ireland, please join the action!

At 12 noon on the day of the event, a petition to Belfast City Council will be launched and a group photo of all participants will be taken to demonstrate our support. Local media will be present.

Join us from 10:00 am on the 16th of September at the Ormeau Park basketball courts to show your support to the Ormeau Park Outdoor Basketball Courts Initiative.


Click here to Join the event on Facebook to show your support!



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