Falkirk courts are back in session with Fury days

Sony Centre Fury Basketball Club have now entered their fourth full week of training – outdoors.

Friday, 31st July 2020, 12:47 pm
Updated Friday, 31st July 2020, 12:49 pm

With Government guidelines allowing the resumption of non-contact training almost a month ago, Fury started slowly, with small numbers on the outdoor court at their training venue - Falkirk High School.

That has moved to more game like situations with contact being allowed and numbers increasing in the past two weeks.

Fury’s fourteen under-age teams have really embraced the new training with great attendance at 60-plus sessions.

17-07-2020. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. Day 116 of UK wide coronavirus lockdown. Day 8 of Phase Three of lockdown easing in Scotland. FALKIRK. Falkirk High School, outdoor basketball court. Sony Centre Falkirk Fury Basketball Club running outdoor training sessions for 14 of their 18 teams as lockdown restrictions begin to relax. Now at over 50 sessions completed. Under 16 girls training session.

Fury were at the forefront of ending the Scottish basketball season when they decided they would not play in their scheduled five play-off semi-finals, due to be played in March.

Fury headcoach John Bunyan said: “It was clear on the day our Senior Men were scheduled to play Edinburgh Kings in the play-off semi-finals that Covid matters were escalating and the Kings and ourselves both agreed the game should not take place that night. It’s clear we made the right call.

“While we have no date to get back to competitive basketball, or indeed get back training indoors, we all remain optimistic that basketball will have a meaningful 2020-21 season.

“Indeed to their credit Basketball Scotland, have again kept the play-off semi-finals on the table as a possible point to start back.

“Having five of our top six teams at the semi-final stage in the play-offs was a measure of how well we had done in season 19-20.

“Myself and 14 other coaches have been back with our players and while we have to take each stage at a time, we are impressed with the energy and commitment our players and parents have given to our outdoor sessions.”