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East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure's Basketball Development League gives children, 9 - 12 years of age, the chance to play competitive games
East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure's Basketball Development League started back for its fourth season with the introduction of a sixth team. Carolside Sports Club were welcomed to the league and joined by the East Ren Lakers, Woodfarm Warriors, Mearns Magic, Neilston Nightcats and Williamwood Wizards.
"It's great to have the league continuing again for another season. The last 3 years have given the original 5 teams that taste of competitive basketball and being able to add in a sixth team just helps freshen up the competition. The chance to play competitive sport is what children want at that age and being able to give them that opportunity has helped increase the numbers playing basketball on a weekly basis. The pathway created by the partnership with basketballpaisley gives those talented enough the opportunity to progress their basketball even further.
David Fraser, Community Sports Development Officer
Squads of 12 players, selected from weekly training sessions, will now come together to play competitive basketball against each other every month until June 17. Teams will play two games each evening with fixtures rotating over the duration of the season.
The aim of the league is to give children, 9 - 12 years of age, the chance to play competitive games, outside their weekly training commitments, showcasing the skills that they are developing against other budding basketball players.
The league brings East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure and basketballpaisley together in partnership to create a pathway for players from 5 years of age through to senior national league teams. The partnership has already seen players progress through the ranks at the Lakers into Junior and Cadet National League squads within basketballpaisley.
Carolside basketball held its first session in September 2015. Since that day it has been my overwhelming desire to put together a team that could compete in the East Renfrewshire basketball league. My main goals for the kids are that they have fun and they enjoy the sport. For this to be possible, you need an end goal, an ambition, a place to test out your new found abilities. The basketball league provides all of this and more. It provides the kids with a safe environment to compete and it makes them feel like they are part of something bigger. It makes the sport feel less like exercise and more like fun. It helps to encourage an understanding that basketball is something that can keep you healthy and happy your entire life. This is what we play for.
Josh Hahn, Head Coach Carolside Basketball
Anyone interested in playing basketball in East Renfrewshire can contact David Fraser at email@example.com for further information.
You can also find further information on local basketball opportunities, delivered by East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, here.