BASKETBALL: In just its third year, FIBA Europe has included Scotland’s Under-14 International Summer Slam – taking place at Meadowbank Sports Centre in Edinburgh this weekend – as one of the official FIBA European tournaments.
This season there are five girls’ teams – Scotland, Northern Ireland, Hessen (Germany), Luxembourg, Dublin (Ireland) – and four for the boys – Scotland, Northern Ireland, Luxembourg and Zaragoza (Spain).
Scotland’s Under-14 basketball National Squad players were selected from the Future Starz programme and both squads enjoy regular training sessions, basketball camps and friendly games.
Leah Stewart (James Young High School) captains the girls’ squad and she said: “Our progress so far is very positive. We played our first friendly game and it was evident that the last few weeks of intense training had certainly paid off. Training has been intense, concentrating on our skill level, co-ordination, our plays, fast breaking moves and offence/ defence”.
Andrew Deighan (St Andrew’s Academy), spoke of his expectations for the boys’ team. “I have really high hopes and I believe we will do really well at the Summer Slam. We have all improved on our individual skills to make the team so much better.”
Scotland Under-14 girls head coach Dave Evans added: “I’m looking forward to the event and seeing the youngsters compete at an FIBA competition at home. It’ll be great to see all the hard work that the players have put in to all the practice sessions, come to life in game situations.”