Flixton Girls School is a single-sex comprehensive school in Trafford and whilst previously being a sports college, basketball had not been an area that had been developed and resourced.
When a new teacher joined the school who had previously played to Manchester Giants level, he started coaching basketball at the school.
Flixton and Basketball
The Trafford Basketball League was set up in 2012 and Flixton had little success in progressing beyond the early stages for the first 4 seasons. When Paul started coaching at Flixton, for the first two seasons the Under 16 team were undefeated in the Trafford Basketball League. They won the North Trafford and Trafford Level competitions back to back in 2016 and 2017.
They had the opportunity to represent Trafford at the Level 3 Greater Manchester Games in 2017 and 2018. The students are not uniquely or historically basketball players, having no external involvement in any National League programmes such as the Manchester Mystics. Their success came through a love of sport and a dedication to physical activity, as well as a winning mind set; qualities that underpin the ethos of the school.
Level 3 School Games
The Level 3 event was extremely well run and organised. To play in a tournament at that level allowed the players to measure their own talent against the best of the best across the whole of Greater Manchester – many of whom are National League or Regional Basketball players.
For our players to rub shoulders with and go head to head against those kinds of players it instilled in them both a sense of determination and competitive drive to perform well, in addition to being a fun, learning experience.
Of the 8 teams represented at the Level 3 Games, Flixton finished a respectable 6thplaceoverall in both 2017 and 2018. In 2018 they narrowly missed out on 5th place in the closing minute or so of the playoff game. Heads were held high and all girls left, although disappointed, with a smile on their faces and the determination to return again in the future. Having played against some absolute quality players, the experience has provided the players with a platform to showcase our own talent and a benchmark by which we could measure that talent. It was an unforgettable experience for players and coaches alike.
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