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SCHOOLS BASKETBALL: Tydd St Mary Titans learn fast in debut season

By Keith Drayton

Youngsters at Tydd St Mary C of E Primary School are celebrating a successful first season in competitive basketball.

This year the school decided for the first time to enter a team into the Norfolk Basketball League.

The Tydd Titans took to the court in a brand new kit and, over the course of the year, played in eight tournaments – competing against teams from Norwich, Ipswich, King’s Lynn, two American airbase squads and only one other primary school, which has over four times the number of pupils on roll as Tydd St Mary.

The Tydd Titans with coach Steve Ely (11860950)
The Tydd Titans with coach Steve Ely (11860950)

Head teacher, Mrs Sonya Ripley, said: “Throughout the year we have gone from strength-to-strength, beating all teams – with the exception of Norwich and the American squad – at least once.

“The children have thoroughly enjoyed it and we have been supported by our committed parents who have travelled to every tournament to encourage the children.”

At the end of the year the Titans had a presentation evening, with Warren King being awarded MVP (Most Valuable Player) for the season.

The youngsters at the 02 Arena (11860957)
The youngsters at the 02 Arena (11860957)

Mrs Ripley added: “It was a very difficult award to present, given that all the children had improved considerably during the season and played a significant part at every tournament.”

The youngsters were then taken to the O2 arena to watch the British Basketball League women’s and men’s final.

Mrs Ripley revealed: “We intend to enter the league again next year as only four of the nine players are moving on to secondary school.

“Coach, Steve Ely, is already training new squad members to step up to the challenge of competitive game play.”


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