Sarah Backovic’s Basketball Column: Bad times remind us what Sheffield Sharks are about

Sheffield Sharks' Mike Tuck scores the lay up against Cheshire Pheonix. Picture: Andrew Roe
Sheffield Sharks' Mike Tuck scores the lay up against Cheshire Pheonix. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Without a doubt this has been a tough season for the Sharks with over 10 games lost by one or two digits, leaving in its wake the feeling of a souls being destroyed leading in to the 20th anniversary celebrations.

At least the 20th year of survival is some cause to smile for one of the most successful teams in British basketball history who, alongside the Sheffield Hatters have firmly created aspirations for young people in the Steel City to play the game.

In addition, the association with enhancing education through sport and mentoring of young people with Sheffield Education department and the hugely popular and highly innovative playing for success project has seen over 30,000 young people pass through the Sharks Study support centre.

Further to this, we could draw upon the numerous partnerships with leading businesses like B braun, South Yorkshire Housing and One Health to develop social inclusion and health and well-being activities throughout school ages across the region.

In the dawn of time and reflection over the last 20 years, we must draw upon the wider benefits we as the Sharks have brought to the table and remember we are not just a sports club, we have contributed to the fabric of our community.

We have no boundaries when it comes to opening our doors as a sport or through our many community programmes.

We appeal to all demographics in some way and the rich tapestry that makes up our support should be proud of the legacy created.

So when we hit the rough seasons all we can do is draw from all those positive aspects of who we are and dig deep so we can end on a season high.

“At the core of what we do is Basketball and the idea is win as much as possible, but sport teaches you life lessons and how to act in victory and defeat.

“We have the Playoffs left to play for, and everything about the season so far suggests that we can do it.

“It’s time to stop analysing and just do it, and do it to make the season one to remember for all our supporters” said Chairman Yuri Matischen.

Every game seems like a must win for the Sharks and the security of a play off spot begins with an epic road trip to Glasgow this Friday.

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