Tuesday, 1 December 2009


Basketball fans from as far afield as Dover have turned out to enjoy the final Street Hoops basketball event of 2009.

Organised by Thanet District Council's Sports Matters team, the event, which took place on Sunday 29 November at the Ramsgate Sports Centre aims to create an urban, fun and competitive atmosphere with competitive games or the chance to just turn up for fun.

The event saw an exhibition five against five game in the over 16 category and a mini tournament for the under 15s, which saw five teams battle it out on the courts. The final in the under 15s took place between Team Insert Rubbish against Team Bad Boys, with Team Bad Boys winning 12-2 in the final.

Street Hoops Basketball was launched in September 2008 to encourage young people from the age of 11 and over to try out basketball in a safe, fun environment with urban tunes to create that urban atmosphere. The event also aims to develop the sport, to make it accessible for anyone to join in and encourage people to get involved with clubs and community sessions.

The event, which is supported by Thanet Leisure Force, Ursuline College and Thanet Rhinos has been held monthly, with special guests "Street Ball Extreme" attending on special occasions to showcase their skills and tricks.

Colin Rouse from the Sport Matters team said: "It was fantastic to see so many young people attend and take part in this growing event. Street Hoops is all about fun and developing and improving your skills in a safe environment. As well as taking part competitively, we have excellent coaches on hand to coach young people on the evening, including the head coach of the Kent Crusaders. Our aim is simple, that's to improve and develop the event as much as possible, so we encourage new and existing players to continue attending."

The next Street Hoops event will take place on Sunday 31 January 2010 between 5pm and 7pm at Ramsgate Sports Centre. Each session costs £1.50 per person. Flyers and mini-calendars are also available from your local leisure centre.

If you would like more information about the council's Sport Matters events and activities, please visit www.thanet.gov.uk/sport or contact Colin Rouse on 01843 577032.

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