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Behaviour programme creates European basketball champions

Teams from Bristol Metropolitan Academy travelled to Belgium to take part in the Flanders Coast Trophy

Posted by Lucinda Reid | October 04, 2017 | Sports & leisure

Bristol Metropolitan Academy basketball teams had an amazing summer when they won not one but two European titles.

The basketball programme has its foundations in attendance and behaviour. All the players and parents sign a contract to confirm that they will maintain certain standards to retain a place in the basketball programme. They have to have a 4.3 behaviour average, 96% and above attendance and good punctuality, if these standards are dropped then they will not play for the team.

Two teams travelled to Belgium to take part in the Flanders Coast Trophy. The under 14s and the under 16s. The under fourteens won their tournament beating all teams, 16 teams in the age group. In the under 16’s won their tournament beating all teams 12 teams in the age group. They beat teams from Belgium, Holland, France and Sweden and an amazing achievement when you consider that this only the second time the teams have entered this competition.

The teams are doing so well that five players have been selected for their national sides, which is a precedent in itself.

- Nassim Ladjimi (Yr11 15 years old) represented Tunisia U17s vs Algeria U17s in August. Marvin Dinnall (Yr11 15 years old) had a successful trial and has been selected for U16 England training camp this winter.

- Kacey Cox (Yr10 14 years old) had a Successful trial and she has been selected for U15 England training camp this winter.

- Nathan Symons (Yr10 14 years old) had a successful trial and has been selected for U16 Wales training camp this winter.

- Hasan Ali (Yr10 14 Years Old) had a successful trial and has been selected for U16 Wales training camp this winter.

The players make huge sacrifices to stay in the squad. They train at least four times a week with most players completing seven to eight sessions. Three of those sessions’ players will start training at 7.00AM.

Parents and families supported the trip by fundraising and there was also financial support from the academy.

Tom Hooper, Head of PE said, “I am massively proud of the work of the PE Dept, the coaching staff and of course the students who have put a lot of hard work and effort into this ground breaking project. I hope that players will go on to play for their national teams which will be a massive achievement, but it is important to me that their effort and behaviour in regard to their studies is maintained and continued."

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