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Greenhouse girls talent-spotted by Basketball England

Following fantastic performances at the Basketball England Regional Development Tournament last weekend, three students from our basketball programme at Clapton Girls Academy have been selected to attend a training camp for potential England Junior squad members this summer.

Aaliyah, Alecia and Jade took part in the BE’s Regional Development Programme in the 10 weeks leading up to a showcase selection tournament. The girls fought off tough competition to be invited to represent London in their age category as part of a team, finishing 2nd overall in a close final play-off.

The three girls have been invited to attend training with Basketball England coaches at a special camp hosted by University of Worcester in August with a view to continuing their development towards potential international squad selection. Their hard work and dedication during training, and their progression through our STEP Framework of skills has supported the girls as they develop their potential.

Their coach at Clapton Girls School, Greenhouse Sports’ Fe Keown said: “I am so proud of them, they’ve worked really hard and the coaching team wish them every success at the camp.”

Aaliyah: “A determined, driven and strong leader who continuously challenges herself to get better. Aaliyah has taken every opportunity given to her, from training and playing across the water in South London with U14 Pioneers to being asked to step in to the starting five at the Finals of the London Youth Games (U18 level) for Hackney.”

Alecia: “It is of no surprise to me that Alecia has the highest attendance of all participants at Clapton Girls Academy. She is committed to developing her game and enjoys learning new skills. Alecia also made the commitment to playing for both U14 and U16s Pioneers this season where she has grown in confidence throughout the season.”

Jade: “Jade is bursting with energy and can’t sit still however it is probably the same reason she is one of the most naturally gifted athletes we have come across here at Clapton Girls Academy. She is a super-fast learner of new skills and has the coordination, balance and agility of a supremo gymnast. Jade has got better at controlling her emotions and has been able to get out of her comfort zone in terms of pushing herself to improve.”

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