Herefordshire's new basketball club has designs for bright future

Hereford Times: Worcester Wolves' Will Creekmore leads one of the drills at the first Hereford community basketball club session in Whitecross. Worcester Wolves' Will Creekmore leads one of the drills at the first Hereford community basketball club session in Whitecross.

HEREFORDSHIRE’S new basketball club has designs for a bright future.

The new community club is attracting more than 20 people to their weekly sessions.

Now coach Chris Cox is urging children to name the new club and design a logo.

“The aim is to try to get a basketball club going in Herefordshire and develop it from the bottom,” said Cox, who is Worcester Wolves Basketball Club’s development officer.

“We are actively seeking local volunteers, officials and senior players to help keep the club running and to make sure the identity of the team remains in Hereford.

“Our plan is to get enough players to run various junior age-group teams and to create a seamless link to the adult team.

“To support the development of the club, the Worcester Wolves have set up a competition for young people to name the new club.

“The logo should reflect the Hereford community and represent the players who will be wearing it on their chest.”

The new Hereford club is for players aged between seven to 18 years old, and takes place on Sundays from 11am to 1pm at Whitecross School.

Worcester Wolves stars Will Creekmoore and Stefan Djukic helped coached the young players at the Hereford club’s opening session.

PE and school sport development manager Peter Knight said the demise of Hereford Mavericks, who played in the Gloucestershire Basketball, Association, had left a void for basketball in the county.

“The Hereford Mavericks battled through and managed to finish their season in April last year,” said Knight.

“The people who ran the club have left the area and, unfortunately, the club came to a halt.”

Knight added: “The aim is to create a sustainable basketball club in Hereford which is strong from top to bottom. This project is something we have wanted to do for some time.

“Hereford is not a priority area for England Basketball but the county sports partnership has put some money in for Chris Cox to come and coach.”

Worcester Wolves are also running sessions at Hereford Sixth Form College, for people aged 14 to 19 years, on Fridays between 4.15pm and 5.15pm.

“Sessions are mixed and all abilities are welcome,” said Cox. “There is no commitment required people, just turn up and play.

“In Worcester, there are plenty of opportunities to play basketball but that hasn’t been the case in Hereford. Hopefully, the sessions will change that.”

The closing date to name the club and design the logo is midnight on February 23.

For more details about the competition or the basketball club, call Chris Cox on 01905 542661 or e-mail: c.cox@worc.ac.uk

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