Posted on: Thursday 16th April 2015
16 boys and 14 girls teams from across six basketball regions took part in the CashBack Under 14 Scottish Cup 2015 competition with St Mirren West College winning on the day.
The competition, which launched last year, has seen a rapid rise in the number of team competing as a result of the range of initiatives delivered by Basketball Scotland with the support of CashBack for Communities. This year, over 350 young people took part in the event.
The competition was developed to provide benefits and opportunities to Under 14 basketball players and clubs across Scotland, giving the opportunity for an additional competition outlet for these teams and giving local clubs the chance to showcase and promote youth sport in their local communities.
Chris Dodds, basketballscotland Head of Communities, is looking forward to the programme’s growth:
“The increased number of entries is really encouraging, and shows the growth we have nationally for Under 14 competitive basketball. basketballscotland are delighted to the response from our clubs. All of these U-14 teams currently play in the monthly RDLs (Regional Development Leagues) organised by our Cashback Development Officers and the young players receive weekly skills and tactical coaching from basketballscotland qualified coaches.
“As a fun, healthy dynamic sport for boys and girls, we expect that the Cashback for Communities Under 14 Scottish Cup continues providing an opportunity for the players to enjoy more basketball, show case their skills and make friendships on and off the court across Scotland.”
basketballscotland Communities Team supported by CashBack for Communities works to develop basketball at community level. basketballscotland Communities Team has influenced the growth of the sport since basketballscotland joined the CashBack programme in 2008. The communities’ team currently facilitates over 5000 children playing basketball in their local communities, including regional development leagues, primary and secondary school competitions.
The Under 14 Boy’s and Girl’s Cup Finals were played ahead of the respective 2015 Senior Men’s and Women’s Play Off Finals, this provided an added incentive for the stars of tomorrow to play on the big stage as a curtain raisers to the current stars of Senior National League basketball in Scotland.
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