Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington received a masterclass from Team GB basketball stars last week during a special event in Parliament to promote the sport.
Team GB players, including Dan Clark, Azania Stewart and Georgia Jones, were on hand to show MPs some new ball skills, as well as to raise awareness of the recent successes of the national teams, and the potential of the sport to turn around the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Speaking after the event, Tom said, “From what I heard today it’s clear that there’s a huge amount of untapped potential in the UK and I know that in Sutton there is a growing appetite for basketball.
“Sport is a great way to reach out to and boost the aspirations of young people from all kinds of backgrounds."
Sutton currently plays home to two basketball clubs; Carshalton Comets and Sutton Storm and Rockets Basketball Club. Both clubs are open to players of all levels of ability and offer coaching to get the very best of local residents.
Luke Bowler from Carshalton Comets said: “I completely agree with Tom's comments. We have witnessed children labelled as "problem kids" excel in their studies, gain a passion for life and live a generally more harmonious life.
“It is the inherent principles of teamwork that are most transformative. By emphasising this through coaching, players learn to accept personal responsibility as part of a group and, as a result, families and the wider community are positively impacted.”
Mr. Brake will be attending a session with the Carshalton Comets in the near future to see first-hand the impact that basketball has on local residents.
For more information, visit www.carshaltoncomets.co.uk or www.suttonstorm.co.uk.