For the fourth year in a row Jump2It basketball roadshows visited Falkirk schools for coaching and basketball competition.
This year the program has almost trebled from year 1 to 21 schools – the biggest Futures program in Scotland for one council area.
Kieron Achara and Jujuan Smith attended Langlees, coach Sterling Davis headed to Slamannan and homegrown star Jonny Bunyan headed back to his old primary at Comely Park.
Achara seemed to be revelling in his role delivering an anti-tobacco message andtold The Falkirk Herald: “It was a lot of fun.
“It makes such a difference when the kids are as attentive, enthusiastic, well-behaved and eager to learn as they were (at Langlees).
But he laughed: “It’s also very tiring – I have a lot of respect for teachers! I could never do their job.”
While Scotland Sports Futures and the Rocks players provided the roadshows to over 3000 children, Fury will deliver a months coaching to 400 plus players who will then contest a local competition with the top four teams playing out for the Falkirk Jump2IT title at a Rocks BBL game.
Maddiston Primary will attempt to win the Falkirk Jump2it competition for the third year in a row. The first winners of the competition St.Margarets are again taking part, as are Comely Park who have gone close on all 3 previous competitions.
The program is also seen as a key in Fury’s talent identification scheme. A number of players will be invited to join the club’s already successful under-12 boys and girls development squads.
Falkirk already has a thriving Primary School league with 18 schools competing regularly. Active Schools who support SSF and Fury in the organization of the program consider the concept one of their most successful delivered in schools.
Gillian Thomson, Senior Team Leader of Physical Activity for Falkirk Trust told Heraldsport “The number of children playing basketball in primary school is at an all time high and with so many opportunities to play, the sport can only continue to grow in the Falkirk area” .
Fury Headcoach John Bunyan who delivers the four sessions after the Roadshows added: “ Having the opportunity to bring our sport to so many pupils in Falkirk is fantastic. The players taking part, I know, will contain some of the stars of the future in Scottish basketball.
“We already have some very talented players in our primary school age squads but I have seen some very exciting prospects.”