Basketball is taking off in Cross Flatts Park

Free outdoor basketball sessions run by Leeds LDM in Cross Flatts Park have taken off this July as part of the #LetsBall campaign.

In partnership with charity StreetGames and Active Leeds, Leeds LDM founder Loran Lewis is aiming to get 200 children involved in basketball this summer and distribute 200 free basketballs across the city.

The first session was held on Saturday 18 July, and sessions led by qualified basketball coaches will take place on Saturday mornings throughout the summer holidays for children in the 8-16 age range.

Parents can register their children by emailing or by contacting Leeds LDM on 07939 591437.

To comply with coronavirus guidelines, coaching is carried out in groups of six at a maximum, with each player using their own basketball and social distancing maintained throughout the sessions.

Year 6 pupils from Greenmount Primary School in Beeston also received coaching in early July, praising the “engaging, supportive and inspiring” sessions.

A local parent commended the “amazing work” being done by Leeds LDM online, saying it was “important to engage young people in activities to encourage positive behaviour” while the challenges posed by COVID-19 make it hard to engage children and keep them off the streets.