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Regional Girls Basketball Festival

09 MAR 2018

On Thursday, January 25th, Dumfries Academy played host to the D & G Annual Girls Basketball Festival. Involving more than fifty participants, teams from Wallace Hall Academy, Castle Douglas High School and Dumfries Academy all took to the court after a skill session led by David Evans from Basketball Scotland. Evans is the current coach for Scotland’s National Womens team and has been instrumental in the development of Girls Basketball across the country.

In the junior tournament bracket (S1-S3), Wallace Hall Academy was successful in claiming first place overall while Castle Douglas High School took back the senior title from Dumfries Academy who won it in last year’s event. All girls who took part represented their schools with passion and heart. Dumfries Academy coach Scott Powell was pleased with the turnout but hopes for more: “Of course it’s great to see so many girls enjoying basketball. The buzz and the success is easy to see for anyone here. Unfortunately, we always seem to have a problem in getting other schools to send players. There are four high schools in Dumfries alone and I can’t help but wonder how many other girls would jump at a chance to be part of this fun if they were supported.”

Andy McNay, Principal Teacher at Castle Douglas High School, echoed Powell’s remarks and cited department costs and volunteer hours as a barrier to further involvement: “With budgets so tight around the region and PE staff stretched with other club involvements and school responsibilities, it’s not always easy to make days like this happen on the scale that we would like. Still, today we’ve at least seen three schools and 50 girls enjoy a great day of competitive sport with excellent National-level involvement.”

With no local club or nearby affiliations available, keen basketball players from schools in Dumfries and Galloway rely on opportunities like the Annual Girls Festival to showcase their talent and to meet other athletes in friendly competition. Lending his expertise in officiating the round-robin tournament, David Evans was able to see for himself the talent and potential held by girls for basketball down here and applauded the efforts of teachers and coaches whose after-school and volunteer time enable the sport to grow. Evans was enthusiastic about returning to Dumfries in the future for friendlies and development opportunities.


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