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Shooting hoops with Team GB basketball stars

Monday, May 12, 2014

Team GB basketball stars were at an event in Parliament to promote the sport and Meg Munn MP attended to find out more. Great Britain men’s captain Drew Sullivan and Great Britain women’s national team star Johannah Leedham outlined the recent successes of the national teams as well as show some of their new ball skills.

The event was organised by the Basketball All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), comes ahead of the launch of a new report from them on the positive social impact of the sport within inner cities and deprived communities.

Meg commented:

“It was great to attend the event and hear about the successes of basketball in the UK, as well as shoot some hoops with Team GB players. From what I heard it’s clear that there’s a huge amount of untapped potential for the sport to flourish both as an elite level sport, and as a way we can boost the aspirations of young people from all kinds of backgrounds.

Drew Sullivan explained:

"For many young people, it gives them real focus and is a huge positive in their lives. It’s important that we raise the profile of the sport at all levels and especially with some of the challenges currently being faced over funding."

Johannah Leedham added:

“For me, basketball is a chance to give focus and direction - especially when young people encounter challenges in everyday life. It encourages discipline and structure, as well as being a precious outlet for releasing energy. Basketball has given me opportunities and a life I could never have even imagined and without it, I really have no idea where I might have been today.”

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