First inter-schools Basketball League in Benbecula

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More than 30 children aged Primary 5 to Primary 7 from five primary schools across the Uists travelled to Benbecula to compete in the first Scottish Salmon Inter-schools Primary Basketball League competition recently.

The league has been established by basketballscotland in conjunction with Active Schools, and is being supported by The Scottish Salmon Company.

The competition was held at Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula, which is also the training site for the ‘Uist Otters’ basketball club. The club was launched in November 2014 and is the first to have been established in the Western Isles.

The teams from all five schools played exceptionally well, and the Balivanich Bulls, Uist Thunder, Daliburgh Hawkes, Lochdar Pacers and North Uist Magic teams all put up a valiant fight, however it was the Daliburgh Knicks team from Daliburgh Primary School, South Uist who eventually triumphed and took home the coveted trophy.

HR Director of The Scottish Salmon Company, Debra Nichol-Storie, said: “The hard work and dedication of basketballscotland has enabled children across the Western Isles to experience healthy living in a way that is both fun and competitive.

“It is wonderful to be able to see the impact that initiatives such as the new inter-schools basketball league has already had upon the communities in which we live and work, and we are proud to be able to support basketballscotland as part of our involvement in the development of sport in the Western Isles.”

John Kerray, basketballscotland’s Regional Development Officer, added: “Thanks to the support of The Scottish Salmon Company, primary schools in the Western Isles are getting more chances to get their pupils involved in basketball than we could ever have hoped.

“The new league was the perfect opportunity for children from across Uist to come together and show off their new skills. We hope to get even more schools involved in the future.”

basketballscotland is committed to giving young people on the Western Isles the same opportunities available to those on the mainland to play basketball. The league was supported by The Scottish Salmon Company as part of its wider involvement in the development of sport in the Western Isles.

Pictured are the children celebrating their participation in the first Scottish Salmon Company Inter-schools Primary Basketball League.