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Young bas­ket­ball play­ers Reach for the Skies at fun Stonelaw event

Young­sters en­joyed a sports camp re­cently - and felt it was a real slam dunk.

Reach For The Sky bas­ket­ball held a two day camp at Stonelaw Com­mu­nity Sports Cen­tre and over 60 young­sters were in at­ten­dance.

The first day was for un­der-12s and the sec­ond day was for 12-year-olds and over.

Among the ac­tiv­i­ties on the days were skills sta­tions, where the campers were chal­lenged by the coaches to im­prove their shoot­ing, de­fence, pass­ing and drib­bling.

Next up was a camp favourite called, the hot shot shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tion, which saw three cones put out at set dis­tances from the bas­ket, with the clos­est worth two points, the mid­dle cone worth three points and the fur­thest one four.

The campers were given one minute to score as many points as pos­si­ble and the top six went through to the hot­shot fi­nal to bat­tle it out.

The over­all win­ner of the hot­shot com­pe­ti­tion for the un­der- 12s was Mil­lie Tul­leth from Cam­bus­lang with a score of 23, and the win­ner on the sec­ond day was Al­fie Mem­mott from Strathaven with a score of 28.

Mil­lie and Al­fie were also awarded the MVP (Most Valu­able Play­ers) for their age groups.

The over-12s also took part in a skills chal­lenge; which is made up to test each in­di­vid­ual on all as­pects of the game.

It in­volves layups, drib­bling, shoot­ing, chest and bounce passes and quick­ness.

The win­ner of the skills chal­lenge this year was Cam­bus­lang’s Tom Mil­li­gan, who com­pleted the course in 28.99 sec­onds with a per­fect score.

Pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball player Gareth Mur­ray, who’s played for the Glas­gow Rocks team, was a guest coach for both days, and the camp had a spe­cial visi­tor in John Smith, from Queen’s New York.

He cur­rently plays for the Har­lem Wizards and spoke to the campers about all the coun­tries he has played bas­ket­ball in as well as giv­ing a pos­i­tive mes­sage about the im­por­tance of stay­ing away from drugs.

He said: “Camps like this are very im­por­tant to the youth these days be­cause they need some­one to look up to, some­one to lead the way and some­one to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for them that they couldn’t get any­where else. Grow­ing up in New York I al­ways had one place I could go to play bas­ket­ball or if I had a prob­lem.

“With­out that pro­gramme, who knows where I would have ended up?

“What Reach for the Sky has done in the past and the work they will con­tinue to do in the fu­ture is so im­por­tant and has such a pos­i­tive im­pact on the youth.”

Gareth added: “I had a great time coach­ing at the camp, both days the kids gave a 100 per cent ef­fort and showed great po­ten­tial for the fu­ture.

“These camps are great for de­vel­op­ing play­ers skills out­side of team prac­tices.

“Grass roots bas­ket­ball is ex­cel­lent for grow­ing the level of bas­ket­ball in Scot­land, teach­ing kids how to work as a team, meet­ing new friends in their com­mu­nity and teach­ing them valu­able in­for­ma­tion on be­ing healthy and how to be suc­cess­ful.”

More in­for­ma­tion on Reach For The Sky can be found by vis­it­ing www. reach­forthesky­bas­ket­

Good sports

Some of the young­sters at the bas­ket­ball camp at Stonelaw

(Above) Great fun bas­ket­ball camp at Stonelaw Com­mu­nity Sports Cen­tre was very well at­tended


(Left) Aim­ing high Lo­cal young­sters with one of their guest visi­tors, at the bas­ket­ball camp at Stonelaw Com­mu­nity Cen­tre

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