Scotland Junior Women’s National Team Head Coach Donna Finnie took charge of a basketball camp at Mayfield Sports Centre, Tayside in Scotland at the weekend.
The “Girls Allowed”, an event only for females, was organised by SportTayside & Fife and attracted over 40 girls between the age of 11 and 18 from all parts of Tayside and Fife.
The event fits in to the wider Year Of Women’s Basketball project, which is being promoted by FIBA Europe and basketballscotland to recognise the major contribution women and girls put into the sport and aims to attract more youngsters to basketball.
The camp was run in conjunction with the National Junior Women team’s weekend training session as they prepare for the European Championships in Romania this summer.
All 12 of Coach Finnie’s basketballscotland junior internationalists assisted with coaching and gave lifestyle advice to the developing young players.
The girls were given fundamental coaching on their passing, dribbling and shooting, as well as team offense and team defense concepts.
All of the girls, who had come from Arbroath Musketeers, Menzieshill Madsons, Dundee Sharks, Perth Phoenix, Kinross Cavaliers and Forfar Witches basketball clubs, received Year of Women’s Basketball goodies such as T Shirts, posters and lanyards.
After the clinic, many of the girls stayed behind to watch the Scotland team play Arbroath’s National League U18 Men’s team in a practice match.
Chris Dodds, SportTayside & Fife’s Basketball Development Manager, said “girls basketball is on the up and up, with a big demand for basketball in clubs and schools in Tayside and Fife. The girls here received top quality coaching which will benefit them as they develop as basketball players. They can aspire to be like Coach Finnie and her junior squad, who are excellent role models for them.”