High fives all round to the rising stars of
Oxfordshire Under 11s basketball team. They took to the court in their new
Completely Care-sponsored kit and triumphed against them all!
They beat eight other teams from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hampshire to top spot at the first U11s South Region Tournament.
The 12-strong squad of boys and girls are now in training to keep their number one position for the remaining tournaments.
Their coach told us that their new, personalized team kit was actually a factor in their success.
"We can already see the difference in our players; they just feel a massive sense of unity; something any team needs to do the best they can,” says coach Shiv Mahalingham.
An ex-professional basketball player himself, he says that the team’s success isn’t restricted to the court.
"The children are seeing that hard work, effort and teamwork really do bring benefits in other aspects of their young lives.
"One mum told me that her child is performing better at school since they started playing.
"Another said that her child had previously felt isolated, as was not selected to play the ‘marquee’ sports of rugby, cricket or football at school. Now part of our basketball community, they are able to feel part of a strong team and community.”
Shiv also says that their fantastic start to the season has put many of their players in contention for places in the four-county team that will compete at a national tournament.
"Just participating against such well-established county teams has been an achievement in itself, but actually finishing first is a testament to all the hard work and effort put in by everyone,” he says.
From everyone here at Completely Care: Well done all
of you! Keep reaching for those stars.