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LBA’s Young Hoopers take over the Copper Box

The London Basketball Association’s Young Hoopers took over the hallowed home of the London Lions, walking on the same court as some of the best British basketball players.
Girls from all different backgrounds of our Young Hoopers’ programme came together to watch the London Lions take on the Oakland Wolves at the Copper Box Arena.
This was all made possible courtesy of the London Lions, with such collaborations enabling our girls to draw inspiration from some of the world-class talents within the London Lions women’s team.
The half-time show even saw one of our own girls participate in a free-throw contest.
We spoke to some of our Young Hoopers and parents about what days like this mean, and the impact the Young Hoopers scheme is having on them.
It was a great experience, I loved it. Seeing these girls play on the court has been a great experience for us, Alexa said.
Now we are all working better as a team and it has improved our confidence and communication skills. Days like this help show us what can be possible
While on the Young Hooper scheme and the impact it has on the girls, Darcy told us: Not just my basketball skills [have improved] but also my ability to work in a team.
While Tony, the CEO of LBA, added: What a fantastic experience for these young girls, to be here and watch their seniors perform at the highest level in British basketball can only motivate them.
We will continue to put in the work at grassroots level and train the next generation of hoopers.
This special day ended with the London Lions beating the Oakland Wolves 115-60, wrapping up a trip that will live long in the memories of the next generation of our female hoopers.