Village school crowned basketball champions at county games

BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS -- Linby-cum-Papplewick Primary won the School Games title.
BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS -- Linby-cum-Papplewick Primary won the School Games title.
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Youngsters at a school in the Dispatch district went into their summer holidays with an extra spring in their step after they were crowned county champions in baskeball.

Linby-cum-Papplewick Primary achieved their accolade at the 2014 Nottinghamshire Sainsbury’s Summer School Games.

They qualified for the prestigious finals day by becoming the best school team in their district. And they competed against other district champions at the Nottingham Wildcats Arena in Nottingham. Several wins later, they lifted the title and received trophies.

Proud parent Jayne Johnson told the Dispatch: “This is a massive achievement for such a small village-school.

“It could not have happened without the excellent tuition that Megan Geoghegan has proided to the pupils.

“Megan started basketball with the Wildcats, whom she still plays for, and went on to represent the East Midlands. This season, she has been selected for the England Under-17s’ squad.”

The School Games featured more than 1,200 children from almost 100 schools across the city and county. Inspired by the London 2012 Olympics, the event is designed to boost participation in competitive sport by young people of all abilities and backgrounds.

The opening ceremony was attended by a host of VIPs, including two of Britain’s Olympic medallists, slalom canoeist Tim Baillie and Paralympian Dan West.