Mavericks launch girls’ basketball clubs in Swaffham and Hunstanton

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More girls and young women will have the chance to take up and enjoy basketball thanks to the launch of two new satellite clubs in Swaffham and Hunstanton.

King’s Lynn Mavericks Basketball Club are launching sessions at Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham and Smithdon High School in Hunstanton in April after securing funding through Active Norfolk and the Satellite Clubs Initiative.

Satellite Clubs is a Sport England programme that supports community sports clubs in establishing extensions of their club at a new venue and are specifically aimed at the 11-25 age group. Their purpose is to grow the number of young people participating in regular sport and physical activity.

Mavericks is a progressive women’s basketball club that plays in the Norfolk Basketball League, Norfolk Cup and Iceni trophy. Currently a 20-member team that trains on Wednesday evenings 7pm–9pm at King’s Lynn Academy, they are actively encouraging and welcoming new women to play.

Nicole Cross from the Mavericks commented: “As a women’s basketball team we are very keen to encourage girls and ladies into basketball and help to improve their confidence, ability and skill levels.

“We are looking to develop players to play now and for the future, that’s why I feel that the sessions that have been set up with help from Active Norfolk are such a great opportunity to get girls and young women into basketball.”

George Webster, children and young people sports project officer at Active Norfolk, said: “King’s Lynn Mavericks are leading the way and displaying how local sports clubs can branch out, reach more young people and introduce them to an inclusive, accessible and affordable sporting activity.

“The Satellite Clubs offer exactly this and are open to young women and girls aged 11-25 of all ability levels.”

The sessions at Nicholas Hamond Academy take place on Thursday evenings (starting next week) 6pm–7pm and at Smithdon High School on Mondays (starting April 20) 5–6pm. First five sessions are free, and just £2 thereafter.

For more information contact Nicole Cross on 07765 980775 or email nicole cross1318@yahoo.com