County kids hold court

A GROUP of 25 young people from Northumberland were able to enjoy a coaching session at a top basketball facility.

Newcastle Eagles community coaches held a pre-match clinic with looked-after children and children in need as well as their carers before the team’s BBL Cup semi-final clash with the Mersey Tigers at Sport Central, Northumbria University.

The young people’s talent was observed by the crowd, with many on-lookers showing their appreciation for their enthusiasm and efforts.

The coaching clinic was organised by the Northumberland Sports Development Team – part of the Voices Making Choices project – and afterwards more young people and carers joined the team to enjoy the exhilarating clash.

Gavin Rickelton, sports development officer, said: “The event was fantastic, it was really nice to see so many of our young people and their carers come together for an exciting sporting match.

“Everyone did really well and it was a great social event too.”

The group was made up of looked after children in community foster placements and residential care, care leavers, children in need, foster carers and residential child care officers.

Coun Lesley Rickerby, Executive Member for Children and Young People, said: “Some of these children have overcome great hurdles in their lives and through sport they have the opportunity to express themselves, and learn from professionals how to work as a team and interact with each other.

“Basketball is great exercise and a fun activity to be involved in.”