As the U10 National Challenge is scrapped, clubs take on development role
Sunday saw the West Lothian Wolves Annual U10 National Invitational tip at Deans Community High School. The event which is now the largest U10 Basketball Tournament in Scotland and possibly the UK is now in its 2nd year after the success of last year’s event.
This event aims to bring grassroots basketball together again for U10 Basketball. Despite the retention of the National Challenge for U12 and U14 players, the youngest age group was dropped a few years ago leaving the base level of players unattended.
Realising the importance of developing players at their youngest, West Lothian Wolves stepped in to host an invitational tournament for the age group. The tournament allowed for teams all across the country to come together and play from Edinburgh to Inverness and everywhere in between.
A spokesman for Wolves said ahead of the tournament,
“The key to the growth of basketball starts at the youngest ages and this is why we are dedicating so much time to running events like this, 9 boys teams and 5 girls teams all under the age of 10 is really exciting and we are delighted that so many clubs have taken the opportunity to join in. We are expecting an entertaining day with lots of skills and smiles on display and most importantly the kids love of the game continues”
The teams are split into 3 groups of 3 for the boys and 1 group of 5 for the girls before going on to the final stages.
Boys Groups and standings
|1st West Lothian Wolves||Falkirk Fury||Boroughmuir Blaze|
|2ndDundee Madsons||Beacon||Inverness City Lions|
|3rd North Lanarkshire Chiefs||Ayr Storm||Dunfermline Reign|
Girls Group and standings
|1st West Lothian Wolves|
|2ndInverness City Lions|
|4th Highland Bears|
The Spokesman continued,
“We had interest from a couple of teams in England but the dates did now work out. This is an event we want to continue to grow and if we can get the dates and venue to work for next year teams have already shown interest from England, Ireland and Spain. But the most important part in all of this is developing young players.”
With a brilliant day of grassroots hoops on show, it was Inverness taking on the hosts Wolves in the girls final, with the hosts taking a 22-10 win. Over with the boys, after the group stages the teams were split into seeded groups.
Dunfermline ran out winners of the Bronze group, the best of the 3rdplaced teams. In the Silver group, it was Beacon coming out on top. However, it was a double for the hosts as their U10 Boys put on a strong performance to clinch the top spot.
1st – Wolves
2nd – Fury
3rd – Blaze
4th – Beacon
5th – Madsons
6th – Lions
7th – Reign
9th – Storm
1st – Wolves
2nd – Lions
3rd – Blaze
4th – Bears
5th – Beacon
All Star 5
Harris Rennie (Reign)
Enya Turlaja (Beacon)
Hamish Eason (Madsons)
Kayla Douglas (Wolves)
Taylan Ertekan (Fury)