2020 Primary School Tournament
What an amazing event the LBA Primary School competition was! For five consecutive years now, The London Basketball Association and its partners have organised this tournament, and we must say, the fun and excitement seem to get better each year! The turnout this year did not disappoint either: 11 different schools competed in this year’s tournament, with over 80 pupils taking part, which is amazing!
A Team GB guard, Commonwealth Silver medallist, LBA’s Operations Manager, women’s basketball prodigy with a career of playing professional basketball internationally, as well as a charity activist and a basketball coach – Melita Emanuel-Carr hosted the event and made sure that the children had a great time! She kicked things off with some fun warm-up exercises in order to avoid injuries. This was followed by several drills including passing, dribbling and the fundamentals of 3v3 basketball, which helped the pupils prepare for the upcoming matches.
As the matches got underway, we found out that the students representing Hampden Gurney School had never played basketball prior this tournament. Children told us that they learned how to play from a 15-minute instructional video their PE teacher found online! We also had a chance to talk with the grandfather of one of the boys from Hampden Gurney – Richard. After approaching one of us, Richard said: “I had no idea how great of a team sport basketball is! Those kids have never held a basketball in their hands before and look at them! They are all having the time of their lives!”.
What an incredible story! Knowing that more and more young people are getting involved in basketball gives LBA great satisfaction and keeps us motivated to provide the best basketball experiences to youth across the capital.
We would like to congratulate St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School for winning this year’s tournament, and we wish them the best of luck in this summer’s Level 3 London School Games Competition! Teamwork makes the dreamwork, and this is exactly what we saw while watching kids from St Vincent winning game after game with big smiles on their faces. Great team chemistry! Melita summed up the event by saying: “It was amazing to see so many kids participate in the tournament and be so keen to learn new basketball skills”.
Of course, organising this event would not have been possible without our wonderful partners and sponsors. Firstly, we would like to give a big thank you to our sponsors: The Westminster City Council, Everyone Active, John Lyons Charity, St. Giles Trust, Active Westminster, PALS Westminster and Garfield Weston for all their support and dedication. Furthermore, we want to thank Nando’s Kensal Rise for providing us with vouchers which were awarded to the winners of the tournament. Finally, we want to say thank you to all the schools and their staff for participating in this year’s tournament. We hope you had a great time (we know you did!) and we would love to see you again next year!