Posted on: Thursday 11th December 2014
Katie Drain, Jump2It Manager blogs on the Scottish Sports Futures basketball tournaments for 2,000 kids across the west.
Over the last week the Scottish Sports Futures have delivered 4 mass basketball tournaments to nearly 2,000 young people across Glasgow and South Lanarkshire. This is the culmination of the Jump2it programme which provides young people with the information they require to make positive lifestyle decisions using professional sporting role models.
Each of the 42 schools involved in the tournaments received a visit from the Glasgow Rocks discussing the do’s and don't’s of leading a healthy life, as well as 6 hours of basketball coaching delivered by local community coaches.
Pathways to existing local clubs were promoted throughout the Rocks visit, coaching sessions and tournament.
Tony Byatt, DHT at St Benedict’s Primary commented: “When something works, don’t break it, it’s absolutely perfect”
From the tournament’s 6 schools made it through to the Jump2it finals which will take place this Sunday (14th December) at a Glasgow Rocks home fixture. These pupils will be treated to VIP access to the event, playing on the professional court before the Rocks game begins and the top 2 teams having the opportunity to play at half time in front of the whole Rocks crowd.
Schools have also been connecting with Jump2it via twitter to share their thoughts and pictures from the tournament days. With St Rose of Lima Primary tweeting: “Highly recommend it to any school. We are delighted to have such a strong and long lasting relationship with Jump2it. You guys Rock”
And St Columbkilles Primary said: “Thanks for yet another fantastic event!! All the kids loved it and were inspired to #Jump2it”
It has been a very exciting and extremely busy week for the Jump2it team. Seeing almost 2,000 happy, smiling young people take part in these tournaments, enjoy physical activity and be positive about leading a healthy life is extremely rewarding to be a part of.