The new courts are located next to the Santa Clara’s municipal swimming pool, in an area that already includes a children’s playground and a skate park. Hoopers , a basketball community platform, the Galeria de Arte Urbana (Lisbon City Council) and the Santa Clara Parish Council are responsible for the project. The artistic intervention is in charge of Los Pepes , the duo of urban artists whose identity is centered on patterns, abstract shapes and bold colors.
This is the country’s first exclusive iconic court for mini basketball and it aims to bring kids closer to basketball. This is also the first Hoopers project fully dedicated to the little ones and the startup will continue to develop initiatives for children – the “Little Hoopers” .
“Inside the community we are building, we cannot forget about the children who are the future of our community. We want to connect kids with the sport and allow them to have fun while playing it with their families and friends”, explains André Costa , co-founder of Hoopers.
“We have been doing several projects for a younger audience, but this was the first time that we were able to put our work on a sports floor. We are very proud of being able to create a new space for children, giving them vibrant colors and bringing them closer to sport and fun”, refer Francisco and Meggie from Los Pepes.
For Maria da Graça Ferreira , president of the Santa Clara Parish Council, “this is an important project because it will complement the existing sports and leisure offer in the area, while reinforcing and promoting the usage of public spaces by younger generations” .
Some activities are being planned in order to make the space more dynamic and attract the local community, especially the kids. This intervention started on May 3rd and this space is already open to the public. This project counted with the support of Robbialac , JOPINTO and Sport Design .