Two brothers from Alford Basketball Club have been selected to play for Scotland at U12 and U13 level this year.
Finlay (U13) and Angus (U12) Wyllie were initially selected for Basketball Scotland’s Future Starz programme last October, which takes the best young basketball talent from around the country and aims to encourage and help them to develop their skills and knowledge of the game.
Following a weekend camp and eight further sessions of coaching from some of Scotland’s top coaches, Angus and Finlay attended the trials for the Scotland teams in Edinburgh in March.
After a tough weekend of training and games, Angus was selected as one of 20 players for the U12 Scotland team and Finlay was selected as one of 14 players for the U13 Scotland team.
Over the next two months both boys took part in further training and development sessions, culminating in a tournament in Andorra for the U12 boys and a tournament in Gothenburg for the U13 boys. As part of the tournament in Andorra, the U12 team played and won the first U12 Basketball International against the Andorran national team.
Finlay and Angus started their basketball career a couple of years ago, when they took part in the ‘Bounce Into Basketball’ programme which was provided by Basketball Grampian in conjunction with global energy services company, Senergy. The programme took basketball training to primary schools across Aberdeenshire and organized festivals for the young children to take part in. Finlay and Angus both took part in festivals at Westhill and Kintore and this was their first taste of playing basketball for real.
Both boys have been supported in their efforts with Scotland, by being sponsored by Senergy, which has offices throughout the world, including premises in Alford, Banchory and Aberdeen.
Finlay said: ‘I remember going to the festivals and thinking that it was great fun and that I wanted to practice and play more basketball. I am really grateful to Senergy for giving me the chance to experience the festivals and also for supporting me with the Scotland U13 team’
Steve Ludlow, chair of Senergy’s CSR steering group, said: “We have a commitment to providing support in the communities in which we operate and we are delighted to continue to support Finlay and Angus as they progress through the ranks. We wish them both all the very best in their forthcoming tournaments with the national team.