Friday, 30 January 2009

BRINGING BASKETBALL PLAYERS INTO RAMSGATE

Thanet district Council press release

More than 50 basketball players from as far afield as Maidstone have been taken part in the year's first Street Hoops event at Ramsgate.

Held on Sunday (25 January), at the town's sports centre, Street Hoops is organised by Thanet District Council's Sport Matters team and supported by Pie Factory Music, Thanet Leisureforce, Thanet Rhinos and Ursuline College.

The event, which takes place on the last Sunday of every month, gives young people the opportunity to play competitive basketball in teams of three or five in two different age groups, either 11 to 13 year olds or 14 to 17 years old. Local DJ's from Pie Factory Music create a lively and vibrant atmosphere with new urban music.

Sunday's event attracted over 50 participants, with the team DRD the eventual winners in the 14 to 17 category, who had travelled all the way over from Canterbury. The winners in the 11 to 14 tournament were the Ducks.

Colin Rouse, who led on the event as part of the Sport Matters team, said: "Considering the weather was so poor, it was fantastic to see such a great turnout. This proves that basketball is getting more popular throughout the district. We also had players travel from Dover, Canterbury and Maidstone, so we must be getting something right! It's a fairly new concept for us, but we hope to make Street Hoops even bigger and better in the months ahead."

The next Street Hoops session will be taking place on Sunday 22 February from 5pm until 7pm at Ramsgate Sports Centre. For more information, contact the Sport Matters team on 01843 577032 or collect a flyer from your local leisure centre.

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