Maddiston Primary School took a massive support to the Emirates Arena in Glasgow where the school basketball team gave them plenty to shout about as they won the Falkirk Program of the Scottish Sports Futures Jump2It Basketball Finals.
The program started with the Glasgow Rocks Pro Basketball team visiting ten primary schools in Falkirk and delivering roadshows on a healthy lifestyle.
This was followed up by local club Clark Eriksson Fury in partnership with Active Schools Falkirk and the SSF delivering six hour-long coaching sessions to 20 pupils at each school. Two teams in each school were then formed and a 20-team competition at Grangemouth SC saw teams from Maddiston, St Francis, Bankier and Moray qualify for the Final Four at the Emirates on Sunday.
The semi-finals saw Maddiston defeat Moray and St Francis defeat Bankier.
Moray took third place and in the final which was played at the half-time of the pro Rocks – Sheffield Sharks British Basketball league game saw Maddiston take the trophy.
Around 1500 basketball fans gave Maddiston a special cheer before watching the Rocks go on to defeat Sheffield and Fury’s Jonny Bunyan – who also plays for the Rocks – got a great reception when he hit the court from the 300-plus Falkirk fans who were present to support the Schools final and the Rocks.
Fury Headcoach John Bunyan who coached at seven of the schools – including Maddiston – praised the standard of all ten schools in the program and the fantastic turnout from parents at the Emirates final.
Fury BC will continue to involve all the players in the Jump2It program which is supported by the Scottish Government’s Cashback program.