Basketball silver for Croydon school


By - Monday 30th March, 2015

The Harris Academy South Norwood basketball team missed out on a place in the national finals, but claimed second place in the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games.


Photo by London Youth Games Foundation, used with permission.

Release begins: Watched on by Great Britain basketball captain Drew Sullivan it proved to be a good day for Harris Academy South Norwood from Croydon at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games schools basketball finals at SCORE Centre on Thursday 19 March.

The finals at SCORE Centre were the culmination of months of knockout competition which saw the top four teams in male and female under-14 and under-16 competitions battling it out for a spot in the National Schools Finals in May.

Harris Academy had a tough match in their semi-final with Capital City Academy from Brent coming out 73-70 winners before facing Harris Academy Battersea from Wandsworth in the final.

The final proved to be a high quality and intense encounter but it was the Wandsworth school who took an early lead and ran out 89-72 winners.

Team manager Michael Wright said that a key injury played a big part in just missing out on a spot in Nationals:

“We was hoping to get all the way actually but because we got an injury to one of our players, one of our main players in the semis I think that predicted the way the game went a little bit.”

He also highlighted the value of the competition in developing some of the younger players.

“The standards been very good. Development wise it’s been very good because the younger players get a chance to come in and they’re doing very well.”

Drew Sullivan, currently playing for London Lions in the British Basketball League, spoke about how he got involved in the London Youth Games for Haringey:

“I played for Hackney at club level so everybody I competed with lived in Hackney and I was one of the few guys who lived outside the borough.

“When the London Youth Games came around I wanted to compete in it so I went out and found the coach who was running the Haringey team at the time and I asked if I could compete and he was happy to take me on.

“I spent a few weeks practicing and playing with them, went along to the London Youth Games but unfortunately lost to my friends from Hackney!”

Basketball is one of 31 sports in the 2015 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games. The London Youth Games is Europe’s largest annual youth sports event and is driving the legacy for increased participation in competitive sport and volunteering for young Londoners.

A record 126,897 young Londoners took part in the record-breaking 2014 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games, taking the event to over 1 million participants since it first launched in 1977.

To find out more about the competing or volunteering at London Youth Games, visit www.londonyouthgames.org or follow @ldnyouthgames on Twitter.

Release ends.

Release sender: London Youth Games Foundation.

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