Basketball backing welcomed in Levenmouth

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YOUNG basketball players from Levenmouth hope to enjoy their hoop dreams for a little longer, after further sponsorship was committed to the sport in Scotland.

On Sunday, Scottish Sports Futures announced the continuation of its partnership with Shell as title sponsor of Twilight Basketball, which will provide support worth £90,000 over three years.

Levenmouth Monstars (pictured), are among the squads heavily involved in Shell Twilight Basketball, which is designed to encourage integration, healthy lifestyles and good citizenship, as well as developing new skills and sustaining participation in sport.

Currently running 10 programmes across Scotland, with a further two launching soon, Shell Twilight Basketball is delivered by professional Glasgow Rocks basketball players, mainly on Friday evenings.

It is supported by the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities Scheme – a programme of free sports, arts and business activities for young Scots aged 10-19, which is funded by money taken from the proceeds of crime.

CashBack also supports Jump2it, a basketball initiative aimed at primary school pupils.

Fiona Bayne, of Shell, said: “Shell Twilight Basketball is an exciting initiative that is making a real contribution to social inclusion by giving young people the opportunity to make a number of positive choices for their futures while having fun and learning vital skills.

“We are delighted to be able to work with Scottish Sports Futures, the Scottish Government and Glasgow Rocks in delivering this programme.”