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Uni sports scholars encourage St Mary’s pupils to get into girls’ basketball

Sports scholars from the University of Essex are running a course of basketball coaching to Year 9 and 10 players at St Mary’s School for Girls, Colchester, to help inspire them girls to take part in what is a growing sport for girls.

As part of an initiative to engage more girls in basketball in conjunction with The Essex Junior Blades Basketball club, two university players and their coach Ross Norfolk are leading the one-hour sessions with an enthusiastic bunch of St Mary’s players.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to work with successful female players, such as Slovakian International Monika Kucerková,” said Head of PE, Emma Hawkins. “The students are often inspired by good role models participating in sport and having the chance to both work with them and speak to them is a fantastic experience. Hopefully this will further encourage the girls to involve themselves in clubs in and out of school.”

Said coach Ross Norfolk, “We are looking to grow the junior programme and engage more girls in basketball. Currently we have only boys’ national league teams and hopefully with the funding from this initiative we can start to enter girls’ teams in the Junior National League.”

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