Shooting hoops at Priory Ruskin

Basketball sessions are held on Thursday evenings.
Basketball sessions are held on Thursday evenings.

THIS week the Journal joined aspiring Dirk Nowitzkis at Priory Ruskin Academy for a social basketball session.

The sessions are held at the school every Thursday night and are open to all over-15s, no matter their ability.

The group regularly gets more than a dozen players coming along from secondary school teens to 30-somethings looking to return to the sport.

In my case, it was a return to the sport after more than ten years, having briefly played while at secondary school.

England basketball coach Glenn Bradbury runs the sessions.

He said: “ It’s the equivelent of having a kick around with football. It’s important everyone enjoys the sessions and I think that’s the case.”

The sessions are one hour long and split in half, with the first half an hour concentrating on helping improve skills such as passing and lay-ups and the second allowing everyone to break into a game.

Glenn, who is heavily involved with the Grantham Swallows basketball team, is pleased with the numbers but hopes to encourage youngsters from a wide variety of town schools.

He said: “We get a lot of players from King’s but we’d like to see more from Central School and others coming along.”

Each session costs £2.50 for an hour.