Baskets of fun for young players at summer camp

A basketball camp held at All Saints sports centre see boys competing against girls in a game. Pics: Sarah Washbourn.

A basketball camp held at All Saints sports centre see boys competing against girls in a game. Pics: Sarah Washbourn.

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Sheffield Hatters and Sheffield Saints hosted a successful basketball camp in preparation for the new junior season.

Players aged from six to 15 took part in the camp at All Saints Sports Centre from the clubs’ junior sections but also from across South Yorkshire.

A basketball camp held at All Saints sports centre see boys competing against girls in a game

A basketball camp held at All Saints sports centre see boys competing against girls in a game

Coaches included Hatters senior team boss Vanessa Ellis, who was also the Great Britain assistant coach for the London 2012 Olympic Games and continues to work with the national team in the same capacity.

Training sessions ran from 10am to 4pm with the players - 63 over four days - put through a series of drills to improves skills.

The groups were mixed with teams of boys and girls playing against each other throughout the week at the end of August.

Loraine Gayle, who organised the camp, said: “Through the feedback we received everyone had a really good time, learned lots of new skills and were thoroughly tired out by the end of it!

A basketball camp held at All Saints sports centre see boys competing against girls in a game

A basketball camp held at All Saints sports centre see boys competing against girls in a game

“We aim to run camps to provide children with something positive to do during the holidays and it is also a good way of introducing new players to the sport.

“We also use the opportunity to mentor young coaches within the club so when they are too old to attend as a player they can always help out as a coach.”

Grassroots will be following the fortunes of the Central Venues Leagues, which take places at All Saints once a month. It brings together basketball clubs from across South Yorkshire for games between boys and girls aged 6 to 12.

The games will take place on Sundays October 19, November 16, December 14, January 18, February 15, March 22 and April 19.

A basketball camp held at All Saints sports centre see boys competing against girls in a game

A basketball camp held at All Saints sports centre see boys competing against girls in a game