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  • Basketball clubs joining forces to develop talent

    Henry James

    TWO local basketball clubs are joining forces with the aim of developing the sport’s talent base across the borough.

    The Ormskirk Saints and Skelmerdale-based West Lancs Spartans, are to combine under the banner of West Lancashire Warriors to create a pathway for player development.

    The new club will offer talented players throughout West Lancs and surrounding areas the opportunity to specialise in basketball from under-13s upwards with the chance to compete against top opposition from across the North West.

    However, the clubs will still exist independently and continue to offer separate training sessions.

    Ormskirk Saints are an established club based at Edge Hill University and offer community training on Saturday morning to boys and girls aged six to 18.

    The club completed its first season in the Basketball England junior national league demonstrating great potential for the future.

    ‘Fantastic experience’

    The Saints and new West Lancashire Warriors chairman, Mike Lea, said: “The past season has been a fantastic experience for our young players and they have achieved some great results.

    “The re-brand of the national league teams to the West Lancashire Warriors reflects the fact we have players from across the county.”

    The West Lancs Spartans, run by Gavin Dunne, were previously based at Glenburn Sports College but have moved to the new West Lancashire College campus in Skelmersdale.

    The club is currently undergoing a rebirth of its junior programne and will start training at the college sports hall on Saturday, April 30 with sessions for uhnder-12s (10 to 11am) and under-16s (11am to noon). The first session is free and both boys and girls are welcome.

    It is also planned to engage with local schools and community officer Dave Sullivan has already provided sessions in schools in the local area.

    Trials for the West Lancashire Warriors will be held at Edge Hill University throughout May ahead of the new season in September.

    Trial information can be found at www.facebook.com/westlancswarriors.

    The club is also actively looking for sponsorship partners to help support and build the programme into a successful and sustainable venture.

    Any potential players, volunteers or sponsors can find out more by emailing westlancswarriors@gmail.com.

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