On Thursday, 17 November, the Nottingham Academy will host the annual Inter Academy Basketball Festival for seven secondary Academies sponsored by the Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT).
Over 160 pupils from the Nottingham Academy, the Nottingham Girls’ Academy, the Skegness Academy, the Weston Favell Academy, the Stanground Academy, the Houghton Regis Academy and the Kingswood Secondary Academy, will take part in the Festival. Each Academy will put forward 20 Year 8 and 9 pupils.
The Basketball Festival has three key objectives:
- To enhance the skill / technical development of basketball throughout the GDFT;
- To utilise the exceptionally high level of basketball coaching available at the Nottingham Academy; and
- To increase the opportunity for Inter-Academy competitive sport for pupils.
The event is being held in the Wildcats Arena which is the only specialist basketball arena in the country and will be supported by four Nottingham Wildcats players; Melissa Mendes, Ashley Harris, Tina Benic and Lauren Hebert. The players will be on hand to provide coaching based around passing, shooting, dribbling and defence.
Jamie Kilner, Director of Sport at the Trust, said: “The sport departments within our secondary academies have extensive expertise and enthusiasm for sport and this Inter Academy Basketball Festival is just one example of our commitment to providing competitive sporting experiences for students across the Trust.
“Basketball is hugely popular across all our academies and we have a basketball programme at the Nottingham Academy which is integrated into the school day. The festival will give pupils from other secondary academies access to the highest quality facilities and an opportunity to play sport in a prestigious venue.”