Alford Bears basketball team.
Alford Bears basketball team.

With the new season under way, Alford Basketball Club continues to flourish and the Alford Bears (senior men) are looking good .

Their new strip has been sponsored by Robert Fletcher of Prospect Plumbing in Lumphanan.

“It’s great to be able to help out a local club” said Robert, who is also a player with the team and has been instrumental in motivating the side though it’s first league season last year.

“We have players of all ages and it’s a great opportunity for some of the senior boys to get a chance to compete at a higher level.”

The side are hoping to improve their league standing this year as it continues to develop. The club is always keen to attract new players of any age.

At the other end of the age range the primary section has been inundated with new players which is a big boost for U12 coach David Wyllie.

He said: “Thanks to basketball Scotland’s Future Clubz programme we will be able to run outreach coaching sessions in some of the local primary schools this season, which will continue to help with recruitment.’’

The prospect of running a separate U12 girls team for the first time also looks good. The club hopes eventually to enter teams at U10 level into the local Regional Development League.

With three players in last year’s Scotland U12 squad and two in the U13 squad, Alford will be hoping to be represented in the national squads again this year at U12, U13, U14 and U16 level.

With the backing of the Academy David is entering an Alford team in the U14 Boys Scottish Schools Cup Competition for the first time in many years.

Initially, matches will be in a local round robin league with the winners playing opposition from further afield in subsequent rounds.

The first game against Cults Academy was a convincing win despite a third quarter rally from the Deeside visitors.

This year the club will also field a side in the local U18 league. The season started well with a convincing 51 - 18 victory over local rivals
the Gordon Schools from Huntly.

The club is looking for further sponsors, so if you are interested please get in touch.

On Saturday, November 23, the annual fund raising ceilidh will take place with Clachan Yell in Craigievar Hall. Tickets are £12/£10.

The club also won a competition organised by Basketball Scotland for a new website. This has been put together by Effortless Sites and is now live at: www.basketballalford.com.

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