Community basketball goes from strength to strength

John Butterworth

Now in its third year, the annual Tunbridge Wells 3on3 Outdoor Basketball Tournament continues to attract hundreds of amateur players and supporters.

Organised by a group of local teachers, doctors and business people with the support of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, the event on Saturday August 27 saw ten teams from all over the country and beyond competing for prizes, medals and local bragging rights.

“The idea of the tournament is to give basketball lovers an opportunity to play in a fun, competitive environment, to make the most of the excellent court facilities at Calverley Grounds and enjoy the last few days of the summer weather,” said Konstantin Kisin, one of the organisers.

“The amazing thing about sport is that it brings together people from all over the world. This year we had players and organisers from the Philippines, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Russia and the US – together with a strong British contingent – making it our most diverse tournament to date,” he added.

The tournament was won by Team Cougars [pictured in the centre], with the creatively named Dark Side of the European Tomato [left] coming second and Forecast Buckets [right] walking away with bronze medals.

Next year’s tournament will be held on August 26, 2017

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