Hartlepool Sixth Form College teams up with Newcastle Eagles

OPPORTUNITY: Fab Flournoy (centre) with the young players at the launch event
OPPORTUNITY: Fab Flournoy (centre) with the young players at the launch event

HARTLEPOOL Sixth Form College have teamed up with the Newcastle Eagles Foundation to launch a new basketball programme.

The programme has been designed to give 13-18 year olds the opportunity to be coached by players and representatives of the Eagles.

The launch event, which was held at the College during half-term, was attended by 45 young basketball players and Eagles player-coach Fab Flournoy.

Fab said: “This is a fantastic programme that provides players of all abilities the chance to play and develop in a community setting.

“This type of programme provides life changing opportunities that go far beyond the scope of basketball and I am really pleased to be involved.”

Fab had some words of wisdom for the group and was joined by a number of Foundation coaches for a two hour coaching session that included ball handling, passing and shooting practice.

The programme will initially run as a community hub with sessions being held every Tuesday in the College’s sports hall from 4:30pm until 6pm.

The sessions will give players a chance to come along and play and could provide a pathway into the Eagles’ representative teams for those who show enough promise on the court.

Ben Robinson, Director of Sport at the College, said: “I am very excited about the opportunities that this partnership will offer to young basketball players in the region.

“Basketball was a childhood love of mine and gave me so many opportunities and I am delighted that the young people in Hartlepool and surrounding areas are going to be able to benefit from excellent coaching and can be inspired by visits from ESH Group Newcastle Eagles professional players.

“The developments over the next few years promise to be very special.”

If anyone missed the launch event and would like to attend the sessions, then email benjamin.robinson@hpoolsfc.ac.uk