Eagles drop in on school

Newcastle Eagles coach Fab Flournoy at Blyth School Community College.
Newcastle Eagles coach Fab Flournoy at Blyth School Community College.

More young budding basketball players have taken to the court thanks to a partnership between a Blyth school and Newcastle Eagles.

As part of their community foundation scheme, which launched in 2006, the Eagles have been working with Blyth School Community College to help increase pupils’ interest in the sport.

PE teacher Dan Kennerley, who set up an after school basketball club, said: “I am delighted to say that, through our partnership with the Eagles, we have seen a steady increase in attendance at our after school club.

“Activities during the year included a visit by Eagles player Joe Chapman, a native of Chicago, now in his third year with the Eagles.

“After an informal presentation, in which Joe gave students an insight into the ups and downs of the game, and how he became involved with the sport, he treated students to a demonstration of his skills, along with examples of drills performed by all players during their gruelling training sessions.”