Basketball in Milton Keynes is enjoying a renaissance thanks to the dedication of a handful of people involved with the city’s new community club.
The Milton Keynes Basketball Club boasts several England and South Region players, and is now taking its ‘Hoops 4 Life’ project into primary schools in the city.
With help from former pro player Michael New, the club is midway through delivering 10,000 hours of basketball to primary schools – funded by MK Community Foundation, the Prestige Group and the Gabriella Zainab Foundation.
The Hoops 4 Life project is designed to make basketball a vehicle to promote the sport’s fun and fitness side, plus the strong messages of healthy eating and anti-smoking, at no cost to the schools.
A two-hour road show at each school is followed up by four weeks of basketball coaching during curriculum time, and culminates in an all school tournament featuring a team from each group at MK College Courtside at the end of the month.
Road shows have already been completed at Slated Row, Broughton Manor, Christ the Sower, Two Mile Ash and the Emerson Valley schools with many more to follow.
“Head teachers have been delighted with our impact and the messages we portray,” said MK Basketball Club general manager Angela Turner.
Meanwhile the club’s own junior teams are enjoying a lot of on-court success, with the U15s storming through to the national play-offs having just missed out on winning the South League.