Eighteen members of the Croydon Cougars basketball team were treated to trip to a professional basketball game at the O2 Arena, which was funded by a £180 Educational Visit Grant.
The team watched the British Basketball League (BBL) Final between the Sheffield Sharks and the Leicester Riders. Watching the game raised their aspirations as basketball players and inspired them to work towards playing at the O2 arena themselves one day. The team were part of the biggest crowd in history to watch a British domestic basketball match, which made the experience even more exciting. The trip helped to build their team spirit and bring the team together outside of their normal practice sessions.
Delmar, aged 15 said “The BBL Final was very enjoyable to watch. It allowed me to see different ways to run an offence and how much movement is actually involved with it. Basketball at this level definitely motivated me to work harder as I could see that there is a level that I can aspire to, therefore it has influenced me to continue to work hard so that I can become much better than I am now.”
Theo, aged 17 said “I really enjoyed the experience of the BBL Finals... The level of consistency really impressed me and made me want to improve my game to that type of level, and to use that in the National League to help lead my team to a championship next year.”
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