Basketball courts

Malvern Mayor’s Bonanza sees hundreds opening new basketball courts

ONE of Malvern’s most popular summer events returned this weekend.

Mayor’s Bonanza, held annually in the city, also saw the opening of its new basketball courts by Mayor Cllr Nick Houghton.

This year’s event was the first to be held in Victoria Park, with Bonanza having already taken place in Priory Park.

£ 2,900 was raised for charities chosen by Cllr Houghton – What Makes You Different Makes You Beautiful and The Outreach Project.

Bank Holiday Sunday announced that two new NBA-approved FlexCourt basketball courts have been opened by Cllr Houghton and Malvern Hills District Council Chair Cynthia Palmer.

Victoria Park was packed throughout the day with over 500 players using the basketball courts and around 1,000 others enjoying the attractions at Mayor’s Bonanza.

Music from Supernova, Sarah Martyn Acoustic Duo, The Brethryn, and Gene Genie and the Lemon Squeezers kept crowds entertained throughout.

Audiences were also entertained with performances by Dance in Motion and Mark Russell who, as Mr. Doo, wowed crowds with his circus skills.

Cllr Nick Houghton said: “This year we have decided to hold the event in Victoria Park, which is a major asset for Malvern City Council.

“We saw one of the biggest crowds for a Bonanza at this year’s event which is fantastic news.

“I want to thank everyone who came and supported the event, the councilors who volunteered that day and of course the staff at Malvern City Council who made the day possible through hard work and planning several weeks before the event itself. ”

The official opening of the basketball courts was followed by basketball teams playing short competitions throughout the afternoon, group basketball coaches hosting sessions for the Under-16s, under 14 and under 11 as well as hoop shooting sessions.

Jon May, one of the founders of the Malvern Hoops campaign, said: “The feedback we have received from this project has been incredible, with people from across the country including Manchester, Liverpool and London saying they wanted to have this type of installation in their region.

“It also inspired others to go on and start their own campaigns to improve their local basketball field using Malvern as an example.”