James Bamfield Basketball Skills Academy bringing more youngsters to the court in West Norfolk
More youngsters are continuing to take to the court, thanks to the James Bamfield Basketball Skills Academy.
Bamfield, founder and chairman of King's Lynn-based Fury Basketball Club, formed the youth initiative just last September. Yet, more than 70 youngsters are already partaking in regular basketball competition, and Bamfield admits he's delighted with the Academy's early development.
He said: 'Through my work with Fury we had tried to compete at youth level on a national basis as well as trying to get into as many schools as possible to get children playing basketball.
'Unfortunately, we couldn't sustain the programme. My goal was to target a large increase in the number of young people playing the sport at under-14 age.
'By working in junior schools and running an under-11 league I hope to get more than 100 youngsters playing at that level every year. Some children's parents are now saying that their youngsters prefer basketball to other sports.
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'The long-term goal is to produce as many players as possible who can go on to play at a higher standard, whether that be in the UK, Europe, or the US College system.'
The Academy received another boost recently after it agreed a five-year deal with St Michaels Primary School in South Lynn to host under-14 basketball.
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Youngsters are also set to travel to Sheffield to play a highly-rated under-11 side from the Arrows Basketball Club in coming weeks.
Bamfield also holds an open session for six to 12 year olds at St Michaels on Mondays (5-6.15pm). If numbers increase, a second session can be held on Thursdays. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org