Kids fly like Eagles

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YOUNGSTERS from Morpeth and Ponteland were successful when they played on the same court used by one of the country’s most famous basketball teams.

Organised by the Newcastle Eagles Community Foundation, more than 50 participants from different areas of the county were selected from Sport Unlimited basketball activity programmes to compete prior to the Eagles’ recent home game against Guildford Heat.

The inaugural competition, which had a round robin format, was enjoyed by all those who took part and the winning teams from Ponteland and Morpeth both received prize medals and goody bags for their efforts.

Sport Unlimited, managed by Northumberland Sport in the county, is a national programme which targets ‘semi-sporty’ young people as part of the Government’s drive to get more of the 10 to 19 age group involved in sport outside of school.

Neville Duncan, Sports Development Manager with Northumberland Sport, said: “I would like to thank the Newcastle Eagles Community Foundation for supporting the Sport Unlimited programme.

“I know all those who attended had a great time, especially with the Eagles winning, and really appreciated the time spent on court which will hopefully have raised their confidence and encouraged them to keep on playing.”

Northumberland Sport will continue to offer incentives across a range of sports, including the chance to win an iPod Touch and other prizes for those attending a certain number of sessions.

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