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Sports hub funding a slam dunk for basketball development academy
Author/Source: STV

 

A South Lanarkshire basketball programme has received almost £1500 funding to boost participation in a youth academy.
 
Reach for the Sky Basketball was awarded the money by Blantyre Sports Hub, as part of the Blantyre Sports Centre, and will encourage even more children to get into the sport.
 
The organisation reach over 10,000 young people in South Lanarkshire, and funding for The Blantyre Bears Basketball Development Academy will increase that number even more.
 
It will allow a school based project for the academy to be involved with six schools in Blantyre.
 
Graham Hunter, founder and director of Reach, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for us as an organisation to push forward engaging with the local community.
 
“It will increase the participation in basketball throughout the local schools in Blantyre as well as increase participation numbers at Blantyre Bears Basketball Development Academy.”
 
The organisation reach over 10,000 young people in South Lanarkshire, and funding for The Blantyre Bears Basketball Development Academy will increase that number even more.
 
The academy is open to all under 16s and takes place each Thursday at the Blantyre Sports Centre from 4pm to 5pm for under 12s and 5pm to 6pm for over 12s.
 
They will also be able to purchase new portable basketball hoops to increase the number of basketball goals and also provide training scholarships to produce four new basketball coaches.
 
One coach, Aarron Mitchinson, praised the fund and said: “Being part of the hub and being given the opportunity to use funding to run a short school taster program will enable us to deliver fun basketball sessions and a service for the young people of this area.
 
“This gives us the chance open up many opportunities for the young people of the area, especially teenagers who can take part in to our volunteer pathway. This is a good thing for the local community.”
 
For more information on Reach For The Sky, visit their website.
 
 

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