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Posted Wednesday, February 7th 2018

Flyers in the Community - February 2018

Bristol Flyers’ community development officer, Jenny Lewis gives a round up on the work being done by the club in the community.

The Bristol Flyers' professional players and community coaches have had a very busy start to 2018 and have been working hard coaching basketball sessions across Bristol to inspire and develop the number of people playing Basketball across the city.

Through school based sessions, after school clubs, HUB sessions, development sessions, holiday camps and walking basketball coaching, we are able to offer basketball opportunities for more age ranges than ever before.

We are delighted to announce that we been awarded funding from Heart Research UK and SUBWAY, specifically to help develop the 'Bristol Flyers' Health Squad' programme. This programme aims to empower youngsters with the knowledge to be able to make positive lifestyle decisions as they progress through life. Through teaching about issues such as emotional wellbeing, how to keep the heart healthy and sugar to name but a few, combined with practical basketball sessions, we endeavour to put the pupils and their families on the right path to happy and active lifestyles.

We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received from Heart Research UK and SUBWAY, the money they have donated will help us to extend the reach of our Health Squad programme to more children across Bristol.

In addition to working with youngsters, we have also started a walking basketball session for people over the age of 55 at Hengrove Leisure Centre for an hour on Friday mornings from 11am. These sessions are a fantastic opportunity for older people to come along and try basketball or pick it back up if they haven’t played for a while.  With a huge emphasis on having fun and being active, these sessions are open to all abilities.

We are looking forward to running an action packed three days of Flyers Holiday Camps on Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th February at Abbeywood School. Sessions run from 9am-3pm and are a fantastic opportunity for boys and girls between the ages of eight and 14 years old to develop their basketball skills through fun sessions coached by the Flyers’ professional players.

For more information about any of our community programmes, please contact Jenny Lewis on jenny.lewis@bristolflyers.co.uk who will be happy to help with any enquiries.