Scotland’s basketball stars of the future have returned victorious from their trip to Barcelona, having won all their matches against local teams. During their trip, Perth Phoenix under-16 girls team also had the chance to develop their coaching skills by working with younger players at a local primary school.
The team was supported on the tour by JML Contracts. The Auchterarder-based family-run business specialises in building with Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) – an innovative, highly insulated and energy-efficient house building technique.
The trip was planned in celebration of the team’s outstanding success over the last two basketball seasons. The team initially competed at under-14 level, successfully being crowned Scottish Cup Champions at this level. Following this success, the team progressed to the under-16 age group and entered the Scottish Basketball Championship Division 2 at the start of last season. They went on to win this league in their first season gaining them promotion to Division 1.
Thanks to an almost unbeaten record throughout this season, they have gone on to win the league in their first season playing at this level. A number of the U16 Girls also represent Scotland at international level.
Head coach at Perth Phoenix, Russel Kesson, said: “We’re so proud of the calibre of players we’re producing through our under-16 girls team. Their success over the last few years really is testament to the hard work and commitment of both the players and their coaches.
“We were delighted to have the chance to take the team to Barcelona to play against local teams this Easter. Basketball is one of the main sports in Spain, so for our girls to go out there and win every game was an incredible feat and gave the players chance to hone their skills even further. We really appreciate JML Contracts’ contribution to what really was the perfect way to round off an incredible season.”
Basketball’s popularity is rising throughout Scotland, with leagues and championships across a wide range of age groups offering the chance for people of all ages to become involved.
John Langley, director at JML Contracts, said: “We were delighted to be able to support the Perth Phoenix girls team on this once in a lifetime trip. It’s great to see more young people having the opportunity to get involved in sports across Scotland and being encouraged to achieve their sporting potential.”
Perth Phoenix Basketball Club was formed in 2003 and over recent years has gone from strength to strength. Run by volunteers, the club now has more than 100 members competing at a range of levels from under-12s right through to senior level.
The club’s teams train throughout the week and always looking for new members. If you are interested, then please visit www.perthphoenix.com for more information.