Middleton Students hoping for Slam Dunking Success

Students at Middleton Community Primary School, part of the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership (RDSSP), are aiming high ready for the RDSSP Open Mini Basketball Competition at the end of the month.

Pupils from Year Six are taking part in training in the playground to prepare for the contest at Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth on Thursday 26th February, against six other local schools.

Middleton Basketball Pupils high-res

Photo from left to right: Students Holly, Harriet, Finn, Nathan and Thomas

The training has been organised by RDSSP Young Sports Apprentice James Bates. He said: “Youngsters at Middleton School have limited space to practice their basketball skills so they’ve had the opportunity to learn tactics and deepen their knowledge of the rules of the game.”

“A basketball hoop has been put up in the playground so students have had the opportunity to practice during break and lunch.”

Head Teacher, Alison Dugdale said: “Our pupils have enjoyed working with James and developing their basketball skills. Developing the physicality of our children is important to us as a school and basketball is a great way to do this.”

“We are looking forward to the forthcoming competition and hope our school does well.”

Year Six students Tom, Aelish and Luke have given the thumbs up to the training.

Tom said: “I want to carry on playing basketball because it’s a fun team sport and it’s a good way to spend time with your friends.”

Aelish said: “I like basketball because it’s a great way to socialise and I like inclusiveness of the sport.”

Luke said: “I want to gain agility, fitness and a deeper knowledge of the sport itself.”


Middleton Community Primary School Contact
Main Street, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4LQ – 01629 822236