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chris cleary - leading the way

This season was undoubtedly one of the most unique years in club history with our regular programme being interrupted by a global pandemic in March 2020. Fortunately the league and cup competitions reached a conclusion with only the playoffs being affected.

The pandemic paused all basketball operations across the country until August where we had to begin to assess guidance and evaluate whether our club could return to the courts. After a majorly challenging time, a programme to bring as many players as possible back was drafted using outdoor risk assessed courts.

The introduction of an outdoor Bootcamp in partnership with SKFitness was a huge success with over 80 players attending weekly. Due to strong partnership links, the club managed to secure the majority of our regular let’s in the Lagoon Leisure Centre when it reopened and we became one of the first clubs in Scotland to commence indoor training again.

Over the past few weeks we have managed to increase the number of players attending training to approximately 160 per week.

With no day confirmed for competitions restarting in Scotland and with the challenges of trying to provide opportunities for our entire membership, I think as a club we have managed to balance ambition with caution. We believe that we have led the way in restarting indoor basketball programming and it is the hope that other clubs can follow in the weeks ahead.

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