Basketball: Final challenge for young stars at Sharks match

Sharks players and school pupils celebrate on court
Sharks players and school pupils celebrate on court
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Pupils from two Sheffield primary schools are to battle it out at Sheffield Sharks match next Friday (April 17), as an eight-month initiative to improve young people’s health and wellbeing ends.

Monteney Primary School will face St. Catherine’s Catholic Primary School during half time of Sharks’ match against the Manchester Giants at the EIS.

The game marks the final of the B. Healthy – B. Braun Half Time Cup, which allowed 20 schools and 200 children to play during the half time break of a Sheffield Sharks game over the course of the 2014- 2015 basketball season.

B. Braun Medical launched the B. Healthy – B. Braun programme in January 2014 with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of young people across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.

So far, more than 20,000 children have had a chance to participate in the programme.

The scheme provides primary schools with a range of athletic and academic opportunities, including professional basketball and dance tuition, a video clip competition and an enterprise project, as well as talks on nutrition and exercise.

Sharks forward and project-lead at B. Braun Medical Patrick Horstmann, said: “It’s going to be fantastic to see the schoolchildren we’ve helped train to come back and put the basketball skills they’ve leant into practice on the court, competing for the ‘B. Healthy – B. Braun Half Time Cup’ title in front of a real audience.

“They’re all very excited to play at a Sheffield Sharks match again and their enthusiasm is a real testimony to the positive impact the B. Healthy – B. Braun programme is having on the attitude of schoolchildren in our region towards healthier, more active lifestyles.”