After a long summer of training, all teams at Burnley Basketball Club are ready to start competing in the new season.
The Under 16s will compete once again in the National League Conference, and, after last year’s experience, they are ready to challenge for a play off spot.
The Seniors will be competing in the Manchester League Premier Division, with aspirations to do better than last season where they came very close to winning the title at the end of the play-offs.
The Under 14s are looking strong and aiming to better than last season’s runners-up at the CVL.
Coach Minozzi explained: “We are gearing up to the start of the competing season, all teams have been training during the summer and our development plan is working really well.
“From last season we have seen an improvement of performance of all our players due to the number of hours that they spent training.
“The juniors are improving every week, we have a very strong nucleus of players at all ages and they are all committed training hard.
“They have seen one of their friends, Jordan Green, going to train with Manchester Magics, the biggest junior club in the UK, and he has been selected to play for their Under 18 premier team, a huge achievement bearing in mind that there were more than 30 players competing for 15 places.
“Moreover Jordan has been selected to play for the Under 17 North West team, another accolade for him and the club, and he is now living in Manchester to be near Magics training facilities and studying at Loreto College.”
He added: “A couple of years ago we set a target to produce good Under 14 and Under 16 players, we set our development plan and we approached Shuttleworth College to host all our teams during the week.
“Now just after 18 months we are seeing the fruits of our plan and we are very proud of what we are doing.
“Jordan Green represents what any Burnley basketball player can achieve if they are committed to train hard and following advise and guidance from the coaches at Burnley.
“I think we have in the pipeline another three or four players that could follow Jordan’s path already next season and maybe a couple more the year after.”
If anyone would like to play basketball, you can see one of the coaches at St Peter’s Centre on Saturdays between 2-3 p.m., or visit www.burnleybasketball.co.uk where you will be able to find all information required.