I had heard about this street basketball tournament taking place at Curlew Close in south-east London and I wanted to see what it was like. After months of lockdown this was a good chance to see people interacting together, doing what they love. As soon as I arrived everyone seemed very welcoming. I remember the feeling of being enveloped by the sound of cheers and excitement.
There is a picture of a player called Tegs (below), he is mid-jump as he aims for the basket. He looks graceful in his motion, yet strong. I like the sense of anticipation and emotion in his face.
As with every project there is a learning curve that develops on the day, from where to stand to how to talk to people. But at a deeper level this project taught me about the sense of pride and joy that these young guys get from basketball. There was a huge, palpable sense of passion and love of the sport. We shouldn’t forget to what extent young people are capable of such dedication.
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