New links with Plymouth Raiders hope to boost youth Basketball in Cornwall

Truro and Penwith College is hoping to continue the growth of basketball in Cornwall through a newly formed partnership with Plymouth Raiders Basketball Club and the sponsorship of the Cornwall U16 boys’ team’s new kit.

The Basketball Academy team, along with coach Andy Cummins and Sport Academy Coordinator Emily Lord, standing in front of the Plymouth Raiders sign outside of Lyhner building

Andy Cummins, one of the academy coaches at the College, was thrilled that the Plymouth Raiders wanted to be associated with the academy programme and the acknowledgement of all the hard work that has gone into providing basketball provision for young players. “We have set ourselves some really high goals for the future and to now be in partnership with a professional club will allow us to really strive to try and achieve them,” Andy said.

Plymouth Raiders are one of the oldest and most successful teams within the British Basketball League and are a real driving force in raising awareness of the sport throughout the South West.

In addition to the partnership with Plymouth Raiders, the academy has teamed up with Morlaix Basketball International to give players the opportunity to play in Europe. They are also in talks to develop a US scholarship programme at the College, making it a very exciting time to be involved in the sport at the College.

Emily Lord, Sport Academies Coordinator at the College, said: “It is always exciting when we create links with such successful organisations. The academies provide an excellent structure to a student’s development and having strong links in place allows us to ensure that we are giving the best opportunities to our students, allowing them to take sport to as higher level as they desire.”

With a revitalised youth development programme within the county and more playing opportunities for youngsters both within schools and local clubs, the Basketball Academy at the College should go from strength to strength.

If you are interested in joining the Basketball Academy or would like more information about the youth programme for eight to 16-year-olds, contact Andy Cummins on andyc@truro-penwith.ac.uk.