Active Middlesbrough Day 2008 Time & Teesside Basketball League produced a stunning basketball event outside Mima in Middlesbrough Town Centre for the Active Middlesbrough Day. A host of activities was on display including athletics, boxing, football, hockey and others as well as the basketball. Game Time have a lot of experience in delivering such events and were joined by James Thomson & Cherydan Gouldthorp from Middlesbrough Lions, Steve Lynas from Redcar Mariners and Solomon Gebresalassi from Nunthorpe Velocity, representing the TBL. A partnership between Game Time and TBL is being formed to help promote basketball and the opportunities available to young enthusiasts in the area via the Teesside Local League, Tees Schools League and the many coaching sessions run by Game Time and local clubs across the region.

Over 600 youngsters from 12 local primary schools enjoyed the free event, organised by Middlesbrough Sports Development, with Jimmy Wattis adding “The basketball has been very popular, the kids looked to really enjoy it.”

The aim of Active Middlesbrough Day was to get kids trying different sports and to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Organiser Jimmy Wattis said: “The Festival of Sport celebrates the huge range of activities available in our area and it is also a chance for young people to experience some of these sports they may not normally have the opportunity to try.”

Middlesbrough Council’s executive councillor for public health and sport Barbara Thompson said: “This is a really spectacular event and a great way to launch our Festival of Sport which includes the Sports Mela, Middlesbrough Tees Pride 10k and 3k Fun Run and Middlesbrough Mile.

“I hope Active Middlesbrough Day will inspire some of our young people to take up sport – I know that all of them will have had a day of fun and exercise.”

Councillor Thompson then tried her hand at basketball, first of all spinning the ball on her finger with James Thomson before shooting some hoops with her colleagues.

TBL Chairman; Wade Tovey has signalled the importance of TBL and its partners being active and well represented in the community and especially at events such as this adding “We have a duty to provide an avenue for these youngsters to engage in basketball, should they wish to do so. We also want to show them how enjoyable a sport such as basketball can be.”

Special thanks to Ransome Sporting Goods for providing the baskets for the event.

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