Young­sters urged to reach for the sky

Free sum­mer bas­ket­ball coach­ing to get kids into sport

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Jonathan Ged­des

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents are be­ing urged to try out a dif­fer­ent sport - and they won’t have to jump through hoops to do it.

The Reach For the Sky bas­ket­ball group are of­fer­ing free coach­ing over the sum­mer months, hop­ing to in­spire young­sters into try­ing their hand at em­u­lat­ing big-name NBA stars like LeBron James.

They’re aim­ing to en­cour­age kids to give the sport a shot over the sum­mer, and then carry on play­ing the sport longterm.

Graham Hunter, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor at Reach for the Sky Bas­ket­ball, said: “The con­cept for Sum­mer Street­ball first started from con­ver­sa­tions be­tween coaches and the bas­ket­ball academy par­tic­i­pants in 2011.

“We were com­ing up to the end of our lets in lo­cal schools and had sug­gested that the young peo­ple use the out­door bas­ket­ball courts in their com­mu­nity over the sum­mer hol­i­days.

“Feed­back iden­ti­fied that bas­ket­ball courts lo­cated within com­mu­ni­ties were not be­ing utilised to their full po­ten­tial.

“To com­bat this, Reach for the Sky teamed up with the lo­cal au­thor­ity and the Po­lice’s Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship Fund to pi­lot and de­sign ‘Sum­mer Street­ball’ which aims to utilise these un­der­used ar­eas but also to en­cour­age fu­ture use by pro­vid­ing a fun, wel­com­ing at­mos­phere for young peo­ple to take part in free sport within the com­mu­nity.”

Sum­mer Street­ball is open to both boys and girls, and will fo­cus on giv­ing the kids coach­ing in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

Reach For The Sky was set up by Graham as a way of get­ting more young­sters into the sport, and since 2010 it’s worked with over 30,000 peo­ple at a grass­roots level, try­ing to pro­vide a path into the sport and giv­ing them pro­grammes and projects to de­velop their skills.

The pro­gramme is funded by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Peo­ple and Com­mu­ni­ties Fund as well as ad­di­tional fund­ing from the Robert­son Trust, the Rank Foun­da­tion and Sported.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Sum­mer Street­ball lo­ca­tions or how to get in­volved con­tact Pro­ject Co- or­di­na­tor Ross Rankin on 07866581569 or at ross@ reach­forthesky­bas­ket­ball.com.

The classes will be held at the Cale­do­nia Cen­tre in Cam­bus­lang ev­ery Wed­nes­day from 7pm to 9pm un­til Au­gust 5, at Over­ton Park ev­ery Thurs­day from 7pm to 9pm and ev­ery Fri­day in Spring­hall at the sports cage from 5pm to 7pm.

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