BASKETBALL: England star Dru Spinks in town

Youngsters with Dru Spinks
Youngsters with Dru Spinks
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Sportivate project at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre

England Basketball star Dru Spinks, visited Rugby and provided a welcome inspiration to youngsters at a Sportivate project.

Dru has long been one of England’s top basketball stars and visited the Sportivate basketball project at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, run by Better, the UK’s largest leisure provider, which is on Bruce Williams Way.

As a Sporting Champion representing the Sport England’s initiative, Dru Spinks is a world class athlete and the aim of the visit was for the star to share his experience and knowledge with young people living in Rugby.

Sportivate is the £56 million National Lottery funded Olympic and Paralympic legacy initiative that gives 14 to 25-year-olds, who aren’t particularly sporty, six weeks’ subsidised coaching in a new sport. It is just £2 per session to participate in the basketball sessions at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre and they take place from 8-9pm every Wednesday until the 6th August. However, the session with Dru was free as was the one for his second visit.

Using his wealth of experience and enthusiasm for basketball Dru Spinks led the hour which attracted new players to the session. The aim of Sporting Champions is to inspire the younger generation and increase participation in the sport.

Bruce John, aged 25, one of the basketball participants says: “Dru is a legend in the basketball world.  It was amazing to meet him, a real inspiration.”