Schoolchildren coached in basketball before playing with Sheffield Sharks

A Sheffield sport and dance company had a ball with schoolchildren when they taught them a new skill.

Friday, 22nd November 2019, 4:34 pm
Youngsters learn all about basketball
Youngsters learn all about basketball

DE Sportz and Dance coached basketball with the children at Dobcroft Juniors and Woodhouse West Primary during the recent school term.

The children from both schools showed such great promise and enthusiasm for the game, that founders and head coaches Derek and Emily contacted the Sheffield Sharks to inform them of the children’s interest in the sport.

The children were then invited by the Sheffield Sharks to play a short game at half-time at one of their games at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

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Many parents attended, together with teachers from the schools to cheer the kids on, together with the Sharks crowd.

After an entertaining and hard-fought game the Dobcroft Dragons finished winners over the Woodhouse West Warriors.

Spokesman Derek Hird commented: “it’s wonderful when we get such enthusiastic kids together playing sport and to have the support of the Sheffield Sharks makes it a really exciting time.

“The experience of playing at one of these games with the huge crowds who follow the Sharks will stay with the kids their entire lives, and I hope it will encourage them to continue playing sport as they grow into young adults and beyond.”

The Sheffield Sharks, currently known as "B.Braun Sheffield Sharks" for sponsorship reasons, are a professional basketball team based in the city.

The Sharks play in the British Basketball League and play their home fixtures at Ponds Forge.

For more information about the team visit the website