The Newcastle Eagles’ Hoops4Health programme is a highlight in the calendar for many of our Trust partner primary schools and this year it was no exception. This year the Trust supported schools to take part by covering the cost of participation and a total of 16 schools signed up to the programme. The Hoops4Health programme has 4 different stages:
Stage 1 – Roadshow
Stage 2 – Coaching
Stage 3 – Regional Tournaments
Stage 4 – Tournament Finals
The North Tyneside regional tournament took place on Thursday 13th January at the Vertu Motors Arena with NTLT schools fielding 28 teams in total, that’s more than 200 young people taking part in the competition from Trust Partner Schools! The top 4 schools from the tournament then had the excitement of going forward to play the semi finals and hopefully the final during pre-game and half time of an Eagles home game.
This year the top scoring NTLT schools were Benton Dene Primary School, Ivy Road Primary School and Wellfield Middle School, and they were joined in the semi-finals on Friday 2nd February by Shiremoor Primary School. The first semi-final match was between Shiremoor Primary School and Wellfield Middle School with Wellfield Middle School taking the win and going through to the final. The second semi-final was a tense match between Benton Dene Primary School and Ivy Road Primary School with the game ending 0-0 and going to a penalty shoot out. Although Benton Dene Primary School fought hard, it was Ivy Road who won through in the end to make it an all NTLT Partner School final.
The final itself took place at half time during the Eagles’ match against London Lions. The men’s team were providing the crowd with a very tense match but nothing prepared them for the tension that would arise from the match between Wellfield Middle School School and Ivy Road Primary School. Although both teams played extremely well, when the final whistle blew it was still 0-0 meaning another nail biting penalty shoot out. It’s safe to say the crowd were on the edge of their seats watching shot after shot miss the target but eventually, and to the sound of a roaring cheer, Ivy Road Primary School made the final basket giving them the win, 3-2.
NTLT popped along to Ivy Road Primary School to find out more about the winning team and to hear what they thought about the experience. Team captain Valentina said that she was “really happy” to have won and that she really didn’t want to drop the lovely, but heavy, glass trophy that she was presented with. When asked about the tournament stage of the competition, it turns out that this team really were on the road to winning as nobody managed to score against them in any of the heats and this is thanks to Mr Pease’s fantastic coaching as well as great team work. Although playing on a full size court, in front of a crowd of thousands was a little bit scary at first, they were soon able to settle down and now have a passion for basketball with all players saying that they wanted to continue playing basketball in the future!
Congratulations to Ivy Road Primary School and well done to all of the teams who took part in the competition!
- Posted on 6th February 2024