Broch basketball kids net themselves a national call-up

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Eight young basketball players from Fraserburgh Storm have been selected to play for Scotland at their respected age groups.

Marcus Stuart (U11), Vits Gabrans (U12), David James Barclay (U12), Nathan Buchan (U12), Eilidh Noble (U12), Kelsey Grant (U12), Jorja Duncan (U12) and Cael Milne (U15) have all been called into the national setup.

Leo Harper, Chairperson of Fraserburgh Storm Basketball and Head Coach of the U11 girls national squad said: “I’m extremely proud of them all.

“At the end of the day we as coaches are there to guide our players, but they are the ones that must go that extra mile and put in the extra hours practicing.”

Mr Harper also thanked all of the coaching staff and parents of Fraserburgh Storm for their continued support of the team.

The talented youngsters will now have a minimum of forty hours training from top national coaches before they travel to play in international tournaments in Andorra and Ireland.

Mr Harper said: “As Head Coach of the U11 girls national squad, I truly understand what it takes to reach this level of play on all fronts, but none more so than the pure determination I witness from the Storm players day in and out.

“All of the above players are extremely self-motivated, and have that hunger and desire to excel - what they have achieved is success.”

Being part of the National Squad requires each child to receive sponsorship and raise approximately £300 each to help contribute towards travel and overseas competition.

BBS (Basketball Scotland) in return will offer various sponsorship packages to any willing party willing to sponsor any or all of these talented children.

Parents have also created a donations fundraisingpage at www.crowdfunder.co.uk.

If you would like more information about the fundraising or think your child would like to try basketball, then contact fraserburghstorm@gmail.com.

Sessions are also running in primary schools across the Fraserburgh network which are delivered by Leo Harper.

Storm also deliver Easter and summer basketball camps for children aged between five and twelve.

Mr Harper said: “We have a philosophy that good results derive from hard work and perseverance and I believe this is a valuable life skill that all children should inherit.