Shrewsbury School has a thriving community of basketball players who train three times a week and normally play one match per week against local schools in both knockout cup and league competitions. Training takes place on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and is available to boys in all year groups. There is a strong core of overseas students who perform very well in basketball and have often acquired the skills at their previous schools in clubs and schools in Hong Kong. The players work with a committed external coach under the guidance of Mr Hughes, Housemaster of Ridgemount, who also arranges the fixtures. There is an U19 and U16 team who play in the county league and knockout and this year we have entered English Schools’ Basketball League where we play five other schools in the West Midlands area. We have won two of our three fixtures to date and have a tough away fixture in Stoke next Friday.
Along with the training sessions there are opportunities for boys to go and watch the Shropshire Warriors play in Telford and the coach also organises a Sunday training camp once per term, which is always popular as it gives boys a chance to really work at their skills in an intense period of time.
It is hoped at some stage to consider a basketball tour, perhaps even to Shrewsbury International School Bangkok and basketball will undoubtedly receive a huge boost if we are to build a new indoor sports hall.
The players are excited about the opportunity they now have to design their new Kukri kit.