12th December 2023
The US Team Kitsap Admirals players delivered coaching to pupils from The St Leonards Academy
Keen St Leonards pupils coached by American basketball players
Secondary school pupils from The St Leonards Academy had the chance to receive coaching from three USA basketball players in September.
The US Team Kitsap Admirals players were over in the UK to participate in the annual World Cup Basketball Tournament in Hastings.
The opportunity came about following Open School Funding (OSF) and organisational support from Active Hastings after the school identified little provision for youth basketball in Hastings and St Leonards.
One mum said after the session: “After school, Alfie went to a basketball coaching community session with Kitsap Admirals from the USA, and he loved it. They were lovely to meet and really encouraging. He left with a huge smile.”
Local Co-ordinator Sarah Ruusuvuori said: “As a launch to the community sessions, the Kitsap Admirals players also offered their expertise to a community session, seeing 35 young people from Hastings, St Leonards and Bexhill enjoy basketball.
“The Kitsap Admirals were inspirational in their delivery.”
The community sessions St Leonards Academy offers see a regular 20 children attending.
As part of the Open School Funding, The St Leonards Academy also highlighted the need to offer more netball to the area’s young people and community groups.
To help with this, they successfully applied for funding to purchase new netball equipment and pay coaches to deliver sessions to their students and community groups.
Thanks to this, two community netball sessions for primary and secondary-aged children take place each week and an after-school club for the Academy’s students.
Sarah said: “The sessions engage with approximately 40 students a week, all of whom enjoy developing their netball skills and having fun.
“The Academy is working towards hosting a game with young people formed from the community sessions to play against a local team.”