Hot off the back of a great end to the season, the Plymouth Raiders are pleased to announce yet more positive news that the 83 Foundation has been granted full Charity status by the Charity Commission.
The Foundation will become a vital part of the Club’s ambitions to grow the sport in the region, and help tackle many of Plymouth’s social issues, such as inactivity, child obesity, mental health and dental hygiene.
The past year alone has seen the Foundation launch a new junior local league for the first time in Plymouth in over two decades, as well as a very successful ‘Little Ballers’ programme for those under 7 years of age, which have both equated to over 80 new under 11 participants, boys and girls, across the City so far.
This September also sees the launch of Hoops 4 Health, Raiders 83 Foundation’s new flagship Primary Schools programme utilising the Raiders’ professional players to deliver essential health and wellbeing messages, and the club will also be running a series of health and wellbeing programmes over the summer holidays.
Richard Mollard, Raiders’ Director and 83 Foundation Trustee said, ‘I’m very excited to be able to formally launch the Charity after nine months of hard work.
“As a registered Charity we can really drive forward our community, education, health & wellbeing, and of course, player pathway plans, utilising grants and funding partners to expand and provide stability to the club as a whole.
“We will also be working closely with the Plymouth City Council as well as other local charities in the area to align our own strategy to ensure we’re focusing on the most important needs of our community.
“Basketball is now one of the biggest sports in the world, and is proven to reach the BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) communities that others sports find difficult to reach. With 9% of the Plymouth population now fitting into this category, basketball is an incredibly important tool to help combat well publicised health and wellbeing issues, such as Child Obesity in some of the more deprived areas of the City.
“To me, our professional BBL side should be merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the sport in the City. It’s been my personal ambition from day one to readdress the balance of the Club, and ensure our grassroots and community programmes grow to underpin everything we do, and we’ve made giant strides in that direction this past season.”
The Raiders have made no secret of their desire to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Newcastle Eagles and Leicester Riders in wanting to lead on the building of a facility in the City, a facility not just capable of hosting spectator sport, but one that can become a hub for all things sport, activity, music and events, providing Plymouth with something truly unique in the South West.
Mollard added, “Having a registered Charity at the heart of all our activities should also boost our dreams to see Plymouth become the first City in the South West to become a proud owner of a multi-purpose, multi-sport spectator facility that can not only help tackle local inactivity issues and targets, but can become a magnet for large banquets, conferences, sports events, and music acts big and small.”
For more information and Raiders 83 Foundation current activities, including the Satellite Clubs across the City, please visit the Raiders’ website and click on the community tab.