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Greenhouse Sports basketball participants attend NBA clinic with NBA Legend John Amaechi

 

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Greenhouse Sports basketball participants recently had the incredible opportunity to attend an NBA basketball clinic in South London. Year 8 students from Harris Academy South Norwood and The Norwood School were put through their paces by coaches, with a guest visit from NBA ambassador and former pro John Amaechi. Amaechi helped the students hone their ball skills, and gave them a rousing pep talk. He spoke not only of how fantastic it is to play basketball and learn alongside your friends, but also of the importance of listening and being on time.

These kinds of messages reinforce those skills our Greenhouse Sports coaches work to facilitate through our STEP framework, empowering young people to lead happy and healthy lives. In 2016, 96% of Greenhouse Sports schools* said that Greenhouse Sports helped pupils to become more confident.  Greenhouse Sports Coach Lucio said, “It is so important for the young people to be able to come to an event like this. Having just started playing, it is a fantastic opportunity for them to speak to people with years of experience – it really connects with them.”

 

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The clinic was also visited by Deputy Mayor of London Matthew Ryder, who has a passion for basketball and previously played for the Brixton Top Cats.

The young people who attended wanted to share their feelings about this amazing experience.

Grace from The Norwood School writes:

“I really enjoyed my trip to Lillian Baylis [the school where the clinic was held]. I learnt so many new things and got to meet an NBA legend. The coaches there were amazing and taught me how to improve my shooting skills, passing, ball handling, and my layups. They also tested our reaction times. The coaches taught us the important skills and tactics that make a good basketball player.

Whilst we were at Lillian Baylis we met an amazing NBA player, John Amaechi. He is very strong and tall so I had to look up at him when he spoke. John was extremely friendly and he signed my Jr. NBA top. This was so much fun to do. John Amaechi gave me a really helpful tip. He worked with me and made sure I always stayed low. He told us about how he started at the age of 17. He said if we carry on working as hard as we do, we can achieve anything. I am going to work hard and take on all of the information. By doing that I am going to become a better basketball player.”

 

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*according to those schools who responded to a Greenhouse Sports satisfaction survey.