Wednesday, 29 April 2009


Thanet district Council press release,

More than 40 young people have taken part in the latest Street Hoops basketball event in Ramsgate.

Held on Sunday (26 April), 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 three different age groups, either 11 to 13 year 14 to 17 years and 18 years and over.

Local DJs from Pie Factory Music create a lively and vibrant atmosphere with new urban music, and you can even try your skills at scratching and mixing with the pie factory team.

Sunday's event attracted over 40 freestylers, who battled it on the court with urban beats playing in the background. The eventual winners on the night were Team LG and Team 'win' in their age groups. Kent police were also at the event, engaging with the young people and handing out water bottles on the night.

Colin Rouse, who led on the event as part of the Sport Matters team, said: "Once again, the event proved how basketball is developing throughout the district. It was great to have such high numbers, even with the weather being hot and sunny outside! We have one more indoor event left in May, before we take Street Hoops outdoors onto the community MUGAs, so we'd like everyone to come and enjoy our final indoor session of the season."

The next Street Hoops session takes place on Sunday 31 May, with registration from 4.45pm and the event taken place at 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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