Today the Lady Rocks are celebrating after scoring a donation of £1,000 to fund an initiative that will create the basketball coaches of the future!
St Maurice’s Basketball Club, otherwise known as the Lady Rocks, have been given the cash by Persimmon Homes North Scotland as part of the builder’s Community Champions project.
The club is embarking on a new youth leadership programme named ‘Lady Rocks Taking the Lead’, a new concept that will provide further education and leadership development for 30 teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 18 years.
Josh Anderson, Club Development Officer at Lady Rocks, said:
“We are thrilled to be chosen to be one of Persimmon’s Community Champions! We hope that through education, hands-on experience and voluntary placements that we can improve the employability chances for these young ladies giving them the opportunity to work in sport, whether that be in coaching, management or development.”
As well as duties on match days, the girls will take part in weekly sessions where their skills will be assessed by mentors. Each one will also be deployed across the academy network as young leaders to help boost the development of grassroots basketball among young children.
Iain Innes, Managing Director at Persimmon Homes North Scotland, said:
“We are always supportive of projects that help young people develop existing skills and improve their confidence to turn their passion into a career. St Maurice’s Basketball Club’s ‘Lady Rocks Taking the Lead’ programme displayed the qualities we are looking for to make a perfect Community Champion and we are delighted to support them!
We are still looking for groups, clubs and charities across North Lanarkshire to apply for the Community Champions funding and would encourage any that has been unsuccessful previously to reapply.”