Over 250 boys and girls from the running and wheelchair game recently developed their skills and created lasting friendships as they participated in one of three Jr. NBA Camps held by basketballscotland over April and May.

In a strategic move aimed at broadening the reach and impact of basketball development in Scotland, the camps were held across three key cities: Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen. This shift away from the 2023 camps, which were all held in Dundee, was to provide more young athletes with access to this exciting opportunity.

The camps were designed to allow players to work in groups with players from other clubs who they might not know at all or who they may only know from competing against each other on the court but never had the opportunity to play together. Each circuit was created to challenge the player to explore creativity, finishing through contact, playing 1v1 (with a focus on utilizing change of pace and direction to help get past their defender) ball handling with hand-eye coordination work and much more!

Over 40 local coaches across each region were also invited to come along and get involved. Their different expertise and guidance added to the experience for the young athletes.

“We are delighted with the turnout and the enthusiasm shown by all the participants at camp this year.” commented Jake Sirrell, who leads on the Jr.NBA at basketballscotland “It has been fantastic to see so many young people engaging with basketball and developing their skills with the support of our coaches who volunteered their time to give players the best possible experience. We look forward to the upcoming Jr. NBA Festival, where we will continue to provide a place for some friendly competition and skill development while representing an NBA team!”

Following the success of the three camps, basketballscotland is excited to once again hold a Jr. NBA Festival in early June, which will bring together players who participated in one of our three regional Jr.NBA camps. Players will be split into NBA teams, allowing them to compete as the team – and take the jersey home as a memento afterwards! Who will win the Jr.NBA championship ring this season? For those who attended regional camps, invitations to the upcoming festival will soon be with you via email.

We’ll see you on the court!

Glasgow | Boys 

Edinburgh | Boys 

Edinburgh | Girls and Wheelchair  

Aberdeen | Boys 

Aberdeen | Girls and Wheelchair