New basketball club launches in the Isles

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Members of the ‘Uist Otters’ basketball club were put through their paces by coaches on Saturday at their first weekly team training session.

The session held at Liniclate High School, Benbecula. The club has been set up by basketballscotland in conjunction with Active Schools, and is being supported by The Scottish Salmon Company.

Local coaches, Angus Carruthers and Naomi Coleman have divided the young people training at the club into four teams, with both girls’ and boys’ teams competing in the under 12 and under 14 age groups.

Training, including skill development drills and friendly matches, will take place on Saturdays from 12 to 2pm at Liniclate High School.

In March, the younger teams will travel to Inverness to compete in the Highlands and Islands Under 12s Primary Championship, whilst the under 14 teams will take part in the Under 14 North of Scotland Competition.

Talented players from the club will also be given the chance to attend the basketballscotland ‘Future Starz’ national camps, a basketball player development programme open to players from across Scotland.

HR Director of The Scottish Salmon Company, Debra Nichol-Storie, said: “By supporting initiatives such as the launch of the Uist Otters, we hope to promote healthy lifestyles to the next generation in a way that is both fun and competitive.

“We are very proud of the part The Scottish Salmon Company has been able to play in supporting activities in the communities in which we live and work.”

New players of all skill levels are encouraged to get involved with the Uist Otters, anyone interested in attending training sessions should contact Angus Carruthers at acarruthers4@hotmail.co.uk.

Pictured are some of the members of the new basketball club the ‘Uist Otters’ (photo courtesy of the Island News & Advertiser)