Basketball taking over the Highlands
CashBack for Communities support to basketballscotland made it possible to bring over 80 boys and girls from the Highlands together to participate in the “North of Scotland Primary Tournament”.
Saturday 24th March 2012: The sun was shining in Inverness when Millburn Academy opened its doors to the primary school basketball finals, the end of an exciting and increasingly growing basketball season for primary school players in the Highlands.
Starting last autumn in collaboration with Active Schools and Highland Bears an enjoyable cross-court 3v3 basketball league all around the Highlands has been taking place. The spring welcomed the finalists in Inverness. This tournament gives them the opportunity to get together and experience playing with different players and against different teams.
In its third year of life, 15 schools have participated on the multiple stages on this competition. “We have seen an increase in participation, but mostly more games have been played this season and the quality of the game is better” John Kerray, basketballscotland RDO.
The schools participating were be Balloch, Hilton, Cradlehall, and the “all stars” teams selected from previous primary tournaments around the Highlands, Bears, Gairloch, Ullapool and Assynt. Round Robin followed by positional play offs gave opportunities to all these young players to play non-stop and challenge themselves and show their skills. With the presence of ten under 12 National development squad players on the day, the competition was highly contested. The tournament was followed by layup and shooting competitions and an “All Star” game. The energy on the day was great; passion and enjoyment were latent in the atmosphere. We saw players, teachers, active school coordinators and parents involved. They all showed their sportsmanship and their enthusiasm for the game.
“For me basketball is a challenge. I have been playing for two years. Today has been fun but tiring, I’ve enjoyed it a lot!” Briony Ferguson, 12 (Rosebank).
“It’s my second year on this tournament. I do other sports but they do not get the athletic side of you, I think it is great! I have been selected for the Scotland Development Squad and I can’t wait to start training with the other girls for our tournament in Sweden. Today is good because we get to play with another girls, I want to come next year! I really enjoyed it, it was good fun!” Sarah Johnston, 12 (Gairloch).
“It is good to play basketball on your free time. I like to be fit and it’s great fun to be able to score lots of baskets” Jake, 11 (Gairloch).
On the day, we experienced the selection process of the Highland u12 boys and girls teams that will compete in the National Challenge in Stirling, 2nd -3rd June. The selected teams will be down in Central Scotland competing to set the standards high for the rest of young Scottish players. Congratulations to all players selected!
More information about previous highlands primary school activity: