Treviglas students played their first ever home South West League match against Churston Ferriers Grammar School from Torbay this week. In a big game for the team, the students were impressive against a much more experienced team. Churston Ferriers Grammar School have been the quarter final of the National League for the last 8 years and were a well drilled team, with great movement and team play. Rick Woolridge, coach of Churston Grammar, said, ‘It is great to have new teams in the league. You have some good basketballers in your squad. It’s only your first year, but your set up shows great potential!’
The development of Basketball in Newquay is growing fast, with 120 players playing in the Newquay Primary schools festival held at Treviglas, with two teams (Newquay Junior and Perranporth) winning the Cornwall School games primary basketball competition in the last few years.
Three years ago, the junior Newquay Sharks team was reborn. They have been training on Fridays at Treviglas’ Sorts Hub and developed, with County Basketball funding, leading to Newquay and Penryn being the Hubs for Cornish youth basketball. Lisa Sharman, Cornwall coach, runs the Friday afternoon sessions, open to all North Cornwall U12s.
Andy Cummins, who is the coach of the Treviglas Basketball Academy, said, ‘The development of the squad has been amazing, with new player’s joining over the last few months. Most teams we play against have been playing in the National League for years, so as a first match for the Treviglas teams, this is a big step up. Treviglas are the only school in Cornwall in this league. The U16 Academy has players from all years, as it is all about a long term development, with Treviglas being the Hub for North Cornwall Basketball.
The teams from Treviglas are travelling all across the south west to play their games. This development of the college basketball set up has been recognised by the Plymouth Raiders, who sent players to the college for a training session last year. Some of the Treviglas players are going to be involved in a match before a Plymouth Raiders national league game at the Plymouth Pavilions Arena.
If you are interested in playing basketball the Newquay Sharks U12 team train on a Friday night at Treviglas College Sports Hub 3.45 – 4.45 all abilities and years 5,6 and 7