Hard working summer for Burnley’s basketballers

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BURNLEY Basketball Club has been hard working behind the scenes all summer.

The seniors section of the club has now two teams, both competing this season in the MABL league.

Burnley 1 will be playing in the MABL Premiership, and Burnley 2 will start from the bottom of the league in MABL Division 2.

The coaches are very happy with both teams’ performance in a couple of friendlies during the summer period

Burnley 1 won comfortably against Rossendale 72-58, while Burnley 2 had two friendlies against Chorley Cougars, winning both by an average of 15 points.

Burnley 1 coach Michael Thompson said: “Both teams looked in good shape, we are still trying few things on offense and defense but overall we are looking good for this time of the season.

“I am very pleased to see a second senior team at Burnley, it fits very well with the development that we have done in recent years. We can now have a smoother transition from junior to senior basketball and we have a very good bunch of players and coaches that will make Burnley proud this season.”

On the junior side of the club, the numbers are increasing every week for all age groups and Burnley Basketball Club is looking forward to the new Shuttleworth Basketball Academy coached by James Tucker starting this month.

Tucker said: “I am looking forward coaching the new Basketball Academy at Shuttleworth College, we are going to target all pupils at the college and we are going to create at least a couple of teams, for boys and girls.

“The teams will play in the LBA CVL that Burnley organises at Shuttleworth on Wednesdays, and we will develop a good pathway for players that wants to enjoy the game, keep fit or compete at national level.”

Also Burnley Basketball Club is starting new wheelchair basketball session at BBTen Sport Centre, providing weekly wheelchair basketball session every Tuesday from 5-6 p.m.

For any more information, check the website, www.burnleybasketball.co.uk or facebook page www.facebook.com/burnleybasketballclub