We’ve toured the country in search of the best basketball courts, asking some of Belgium’s most notorious ballers to name their favourite. And not just because the sport holds a special place here at The Word Magazine – our design director Pierre’s a little-known hero of the country’s third division league – but also because it’s summertime and, well, what better way to spend the last hours of the day by shooting a few three-pointers with the homies.

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BRUSSELS

1. Best for 21’s: Andromède

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Avenue Andromède 55
1200 Woluwé-Saint-Lambert
50.852817, 4.424188
Bus: 27

2. Best for young athletes: Le Logis à Boisfort

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Le Logis Georges Benoidtlaan 22
1170 Watermaal-Bosvoorde
50.804190, 4.413569

3. Best for benches: Square Marguerite

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Square Marguerite 15
1000 Bruxelles
50.847097, 4.387146
Bus: Marguerite

4. Best for “take it to the hole”: Quai Aux Pierres de Taille

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Quai aux Pierres de Taille 24
1000 Bruxelles
50.855362, 4.349765
Tram: 51

5. Best for contests: Stade d’Ixelles

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Rue Volta 16
1050 Ixelles
50.814024, 4.395489
Bus: Relais

ANTWERPEN

6. Best for streetball: Antwerpen Dageraadplaats

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Dageraadplaats 12
2018 Antwerpen, Belgium
51.207529, 4.430567
Tram: Dageraadplaats

7. Antwerpen Haantjeslei

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Haantjeslei 121
2018 Antwerpen, Belgium
51.201551, 4.403055
Bus: Fransenplaats

8. Best for point-and-shoot: Antwerpen Tunneltje

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Sint-Jansvliet 4
2000 Antwerpen
51.218523, 4.395630
Bus: Sint-Jansvliet

GHENT

9. Best for fresh air: Blaarmeersen

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Campinglaan 16, 9000 Gent
51.046050, 3.681332
Bus: Gent Blaarmeersen

10. Best for urban games: Ghent Keizerpark

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Keizerpark
9000 Gent
51.042963, 3.742286
Tram: Keizerpoort

11. Best for deep treat: Ghent Baudelopark

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Baudelostraat 77
9000 Gent
51.058703, 3.729619
>Bus: Gent Steendam

AWANS

12. Best for teamwork: Awans – Royal BC

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Practicals
Rue du Marguillier 2
4340 Awans
>50.667220, 5.461932

LIEGE

13. Best for team work: Liège La Plaine de Cointe

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Rue de Bourgogne 14-36
4000 Liège
50.621168, 5.560165
Train: Liège-Guillemins

14. Best for one-on-ones: Liège Outremeuse

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Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH
Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH
Rue de la Justice 11
4020 Liège
50.641798, 5.589077

With thanks to Mino Ponti, Odin Saillé, DeparOne, Pieter De Kegel and Julien Mourlon for the tips.