Fury and Rocks ‘jump to it’ in local schools

PIC:  FALKIRK. Cow Wynd. Comely Park Primary school. Basketball demonstration & education session with Glasgow Rocks.  Johnny Bunyan takes part in the education suide of things.
PIC: FALKIRK. Cow Wynd. Comely Park Primary school. Basketball demonstration & education session with Glasgow Rocks. Johnny Bunyan takes part in the education suide of things.
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Clark Eriksson Fury, Active Schools Falkirk, ten primary schools and more than 1,000 pupils are the latest focus for the Glasgow Rocks – Jump To It programme.

They ensured the sport is big in Falkirk.

The Rocks, the only pro- basketball club in Scotland, deliver roadshows across the country with their 12 players hosting individual sessions.

Fury also follow these with six hours of coaching.

They recently dropped into Comely Park primary school which are among the ten schools to benefit from visits, and took Jonny Bunyan back to his old classroom.

Iain Watkinson, deputy head, said it was “first class and the pupils really enjoyed the session. “The lifestyle messages coming from professional athletes really means something to the pupils and the interaction in all the sessions was excellent.

“To have Jonny Bunyan back in the school as a Rocks player was a great touch and meant they could relate even more to the event.”

Pupil Jamie McAllister added: “The visit by the players was brilliant.

“I enjoyed the way the players spoke to us about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and it was especially enjoyable for me as I play in Fury’s basketball scheme.”

In January 2012 schools will each have two teams competing for the right to be in a ‘final four’ who will play at a Rocks British Basketball League match for the title of Falkirk’s Jump To It champion basketball school. All the sessions are free with Fury and Active Schools running the local competition and the Rocks managing the final games.

Representing Rocks at Comely Park - a school producing 10 Scotland caps - were the only two Scots, Gareth Murray and Jonny Bunyan, with Latvian Martin Malnieks.