Redbridge youngsters win Youth Games bronze
PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 March 2013
Basketball squad hailed by manager
Redbridge team manager Austin Kentebe was bursting with pride after his team won bronze in the inaugural London Youth Games Inclusive Zone Basketball tournament.
The ground breaking four-team competition was run in association with England Basketball and is a four-a-side game, developed to enable players who cannot participate in a full game of basketball to enjoy playing the game.
Kentebe said: “I’m very proud. This is a brand new sport for them.
“None of the players we brought are basketball players and we’re from a school with a lot of physical disabilities.
“For a lot of them this is the first tournament they’ve ever actually done.
“Psychologically it’s a lot different than playing at school, it’s a lot different than playing in the playground, so they adapted to that well.”
Redbridge battled well in the group stage and achieved a 4-2 victory over Haringey, but fell to defeats against Southwark and Richmond.
They had the chance to gain revenge against Richmond in the semi-finals, but were beaten 6-0.
That set up a rematch with Haringey for the bronze medal and the Redbridge youngsters capped a great day at the UEL Sportsdock Arena with victory.
Kentebe ended a memorable experience by calling for increased borough involvement to get more children with disabilities into sport.
“We need to get every borough involved in this, there are a lot of kids missing out on sport,” he added.
“I believe every kid should have access to sport, every child should have sport and do sport every week so if we make it easier for them to do that, then even better.
“We need the support of the boroughs and the support of the schools as well.”
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