Tyne And Wear Derby Basketball Clash
In the build-up to the Tyne & Wear football derby between Newcastle United and Sunderland both clubs picked representative teams from their PL4S basketball programmes to wear their clubs colours. The game was organised as part of the PL4S programme and Building Bridges and was supported by Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.
Both clubs brought a team of 8 players who watched the Newcastle Eagles v Manchester Giants game that took place at Sports Central on the eve of the Tyne & Wear Derby. In the half time interval both teams took to the court to play a 10 minute game with Newcastle running out 4-0 winners.
Lisa Bell, PL4S Coordinator for Newcastle United Foundation said “it was a great opportunity for both sets of players to put into practise what they learn on a weekly basis at their individual satellite clubs and more importantly they got to wear their club colours and play in a fantastic arena in front of a great crowd.
Susan Hunter, England Basketball Participation Officer said “to have two high profile football clubs in Tyne and Wear being involved in basketball this year was a very exciting prospect. Football has such a huge following so to be able to have the link into the clubs has just strengthened the delivery of basketball in the area. Not only are we able to attract players into the satellite clubs through the Newcastle Eagles badge but to back that up with the support from the football clubs has made it an even more engaging programme. For players to get the chance to be able to play at half-time of a professional basketball game has been an amazing opportunity for those selected. The natural rivalry between the two team’s shows how passionate the players are to play a sport they enjoy whilst also representing their football club and wearing their team colours.”
Fab Flournoy Newcastle Eagles Coach said “The black and white colours are so identifiable with sport in Newcastle and to see young players being able to don those colours you can see how much pride it brings to them. It is so important that through sport youngsters are able to value and experience the importance of belonging to something. This is why the PL4S programme is so important to help engage those who may not have been found otherwise.”
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