Pupils’ net gain at train­ing day

Bas­ket­ball stars drop in to en­cour­age kids

East Kilbride News - - ELECTION SPECIAL - Ni­cola Findlay

Young­sters from across East Kilbride hit the court to brush up on their bas­ket­ball skills.

The event, or­gan­ised by Bas­ket­ball Scot­land at the Alis­tair McCoist Com­plex, was for high school stu­dents from across the La­nark­shire and Glas­gow ar­eas.

There were four sta­tions set up for drib­bling, shoot­ing, de­fence and pass­ing and a chal­lenge of drib­bling to mu­sic, which was led by one of the coaches who or­gan­ised the event, Jack McLean.

Fol­low­ing the lunch break, the kids be­gan their matches and put the skills they had learned in the morn­ing to the test.

Half­way through the day, guest speak­ers ar­rived and gave mo­ti­va­tional talks to the chil­dren, en­cour­ag­ing them to get in­volved in bas­ket­ball.

Awards were given out to each stu­dent – a T-shirt for par­tic­i­pat­ing – to the most­val­ued player and to the win­ning team.

The most-val­ued player, Jack Al­lan, won two tick­ets to a Glas­gow Rocks game of his choice.

There were sev­eral spares which have since been do­nated to Dun­can­rig Sec­ondary as they are work­ing with chil­dren in Africa, send­ing them clothes and other items.

The guest speak­ers in­cluded Kieron Achara, cap­tain of Team GB, and Jean-Yann Runga from Bas­ket­ball Scot­land.

Ross Mathi­son, Glas­gow Rocks Un­der-18s coach, also popped along.

The coaches who or­gan­ised the event were Rachel Hal­bert, Cameron Dean, Jack McLean, Christo­pher Fair­ley, Ryan Bor­land, Sam Baird and Louise Welsh. Get­ting in shape 300317bas­ket­ball_06 300317bas­ket­ball_08 300317bas­ket­ball_01 300317bas­ket­ball_07 300317bas­ket­ball_02

Stars of to­mor­row Play­ers brush up on their bas­ket­ball skills

Stu­dents from East Kilbride lim­ber up

Bril­liant bas­ket­ball The young stu­dents en­joyed the event at the Alis­tair McCoist Com­plex

Lead­ing by ex­am­ple Coach Jack McLean with pupils from Dun­can­rig Sec­ondary

Sharp shoot­ers Tak­ing aim at the hoop

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