The Friends of Manchester Basketball (FOMB) trust has been set-up to help establish professional basketball at the National Performance Centre at Belle Vue.
The trust aims to bring together the Greater Manchester basketball community, including supporters, players past and present, coaches and administrators across all levels of basketball within the city.
By bringing people together, it will create a culture and environment to promote all aspects of the sport in the city, helping to signpost potential participants and fans, as well as celebrating the rich heritage of basketball in Manchester.
There are five dedicated basketball facilities across the city, yet its most prestigious does not host an anchor tenant – something which the trust has set out to change.
A spokesperson said: “Manchester has a proud heritage of basketball, and is a household name when it comes to professional sport.
“As a key UK city with a large population and a thriving economy, it should be a dominant force playing out of a high-class facility – something which the city already boasts, but still hasn’t seen professional basketball played there.
“Though the trust will not seek to gain ownership of any professional club, it would be interested in holding minority shares as a way of encouraging and developing its membership.”
You can show your support for the trust by joining the Friends of Manchester Basketball Facebook group, as well as following the other FOMB social media channels.
The priority in the early stages is to demonstrate that there is the volume of support for basketball to thrive in Greater Manchester, to help achieve the greatest possible supporter and community influence for the running of the trust.
Over the coming weeks and months, we will be looking for ambassadors to help promote the trust, as well as holding events to raise awareness.
If you want to get involved or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org