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Dagenham Park youngsters are hitting the heights in fine style

PUBLISHED: 16:16 13 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:15 11 August 2010


Picture Spencer Griffiths

Picture Spencer Griffiths

WINNING a local basketball league is just the start for a group of Dagenham youngsters with success at a higher level firmly on their minds, writes MATT DINER. Year 11 pupils from Dagenham Park School came up trumps in their highly competitive league, win

WINNING a local basketball league is just the start for a group of Dagenham youngsters with success at a higher level firmly on their minds, writes MATT DINER.

Year 11 pupils from Dagenham Park School came up trumps in their highly competitive league, winning all of their fixtures and with places available for exceptional talent at the Barking Abbey Academy, the boys have aspirations to one day make it big.

Although delighted with their performances, head of PE, Andy Gray, was keen to point out the chance that the youngsters get is key.

"Obviously, we are delighted with their performances and how they have played," he beamed.

"It gives them the opportunity to play basketball locally on a regular basis."

He was also keen to highlight, not only the sporting, but cultural impact basketball has had on the team.

"We are a very inclusive school. We managed to persuade these lads to come here to encourage others to play basketball but also so they could improve their English," he said.

"If you look at their school team it's African, English, it's Lithuanian, it has a whole range of different players and that's the joy of sport. It's not just about the game, it's about integration."

Along with Leyton Orient's Community Sports Programme, the school is running a junior basketball league for years five, six, seven and eight at Dagenham Leisure Centre.

It is free and those interested can call Lee Miller on 8556 5973 for more details.

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