Nine regions from across England took part in the U13 girls regional development tournament over the two days. With players impressing over the weekend the next step in the talent pathway is the regional performance centre programme starting from October across the Country.
After a weekend of highly competitive basketball, London won the Tournament beating the South East region is a closely fought final.
After her side secured the top place in Sunday’s Final London’s Head Coach Doreen St Marthe said “I’m very proud. The girls have come a long, long way but we’ve still got a way to go. They’ve worked hard, they’ve gelled together and they’ve been practicing the basic skills they need to do to be successful.”
Following the Final Kristen Amey, South East Head Coach said “Its always disappointing to lose but when you come up against a team physically, bigger and stronger we always knew it was going to be tough but it was a really nice clean game. We came up this weekend not expecting to do as well as we thought.” In the top four placed teams, three were headed up by female coaches. “Getting into coaching is the best thing you can do! Girls respond really well to female coaches and it’s such a rewarding experience. The advice I would give to anyone wanting to get involved is do it as soon as possible as it’s so rewarding.”
The 9am game between East Midlands and East (12-4) and the South West and North East (12-4) saw the teams looking to finalise their spots in the 5-9 placings, then after a break for the semi-finals the South took on the North East Region (11-5) and the South West team against the East (6-10).
The Semis saw South East beat Yorkshire and London defeated the North West.
As Sunday progressed, the final standings began to take shape. The North East finished 9th after a winless weekend but their players and coaches will have a lot to take away from the two days.
East Midlands and South West followed, before South and the East regions. In the 3rd/4th place game, Yorkshire took the honours there to secure 3rd and leave the North West in 4th.
The final positions were:
2) South East
4) North West
7) South West
8) East Midlands
9) North East
The British Shooting Test took place during early afternoon with Saturday’s top scoring player from each region taking to the court. After some huge encouragement from her team mates and supporters, London’s Nicholle Lavinier was crowned the winner.
Vladan Dragosavac Talent Development and Performance Manager said “this weekend was very successful and gave us the opportunity to better understand the level of basketball around the country for this age group. Compared to last year the standard of play has been raised and we were able to assess player’s skills and everything necessary for this age group. This is the first step for this age group at the regional level and all of these players will now get an invitation to the regional performance centre programme starting from October. It was also great to see so many women coaches leading their regional programme and supporting the girls in their pathway.”
For photographs and video highlights from the weekend, please check our twitter feed.
Finally, a big thank you to everyone involved in this weekend’s event, making it a great success.