The London Lions Sports Foundation is committed to delivering inspiring and energetic basketball programmes to the community with a strong emphasis on schools, youth clubs and special needs groups.
The Sports Foundation is a seperate arm of the London Lions, with a seperate Management Board, promoting sport and health as it's agenda but delivering through the profile and talent of the London Lions.
In 2007 the Lions were the first professional basketball club in the UK to receive their England Basketball Clubmark Award which was consequently renewed in 2011. Clubmark recognises those clubs which encourage young people to take-up sport, improve their talents and take on leadership roles. Furthermore, Clubmark also values those clubs that give the younger generation the opportunity to initiate and maintain life-long participation in sport which is an essential part of supporting the sporting infrastructure in England and is particularly relevant to the Olympic Legacy programme that London Lions are a key part of.
We have begun to set up a network of basketball clubs and competitions to benefit young people of all ages across London and revitalise disadvantaged communities. We intend to create a network for London Basketball in partnership with existing clubs in London. All our school programmes will link into these clubs and activities to encourage integration amongst like minded young basketball players and their families. There will be exit routes to these clubs as well as London lions affiliated clubs.
London Lions also run a Hoops for Health programme which is a BBL (British Basketball League) initiative that promotes healthy living to young people in primary schools. It uses basketball and exercise as an activity to convey a range of positive life style messages, whilst also providing children with the skills and relevant outlets to continue to play basketball. Other activities are also being planned which address social and crime issues that affect youths and their families which will be featured on our news page.