THEY’RE 21 games unbeaten, the champions of Teesside and they’ve only been playing the game a matter of months.
Owton Manor Primary School’s basketball team are seeing off the competition of all teams put before them.
First the team eased to victory in a competition against their cluster of schools
Then they won the town competition before taking their A-game to the Teesside wide final and also coming away victorious.
Tracey Ward, PE coordinator at the school, in Owton Manor Lane, beamed: “The team has done absolutely brilliantly. They’re all on a high, it’s just a shame there isn’t another competition for them to go for after winning the Teesside one.”
Other than talented player Harrison Stevens, who plays for Hartlepool HEAT basketball team, the other youngsters had barely any experience of picking up a basketball before they tried the sport in their PE lessons earlier this academic year.
Mrs Ward and PE coach Graham Tregear picked the team from those lessons for the cluster competition which was to be the start of their outstanding run to the top of the Teesside tier of school basketball teams.
Mr Tregear said: “We are a really small school but at the Teesside competition we were up against schools more than twice the size of ours and schools who get funding to run basketball coaching sessions.
“That just shows how well our youngsters have done.
“We have some really talented kids here.
“One of our players, Ellie Maddison, was singled out by an England selector at the Teesside competition as being the best young female player there on the day which is absolutely fantastic.”
The trophy-winning team is made up of Harrison Stevens, 11, Leah Wilson, 10, Aaron Muir, 10, Callum Morfoot, 10, Jayden Davis, Rhiannon Tingle, 11, Ellie Maddison, 11, and Brooke Butcher, 11.
Mrs Ward and Mr Tregear also thanked Paul Atkinson from Manor College of Technology, who is the school cluster leader.
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