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IZB (Inclusive Zone Basketball) Success - YU Aberteifi
A group of pupils from Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi travelled to the Sport Wales National Sports Centre in Cardiff on Tuesday 3rd March to compete in the first ever IZB Tournament to be held in Wales. The sessions after school on a Tuesday have only been running for 5 weeks but pupils have been really committed to the sessions and keen to compete against other schools.
The school entered two teams, with twelve pupils making the long journey down to Cardiff to compete against 10 other schools from all over Wales. The fixtures were very competitive but Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi won all four of their group fixtures before progressing to the Semi Finals. Aberteifi beat Ysgol Bro Dinefwr by a comfortable margin in the semi-finals with baskets from Tai Griffiths, Ewan Bodenham and Conrad Thackray. The final saw the team face Welshpool, who boasted two International Wheelchair Basketball players in their team, in what was a highly competitive and very tense final, with Ysgol Aberteifi losing by a single basket. The pupils returned having represented the school impeccably well, with their runners-up medals in hand.
Nia Jones, the schools’ AYP Officer, had this to say: “It was a brilliant day down in Cardiff with all the pupils enjoying their first experience of playing IZB in a competitive environment having had just five weeks of training. All of the pupils played their part in a brilliant tournament, representing the school impeccably, and I was immensely proud to see them support each other, work as a team and fully immerse themselves in the competition as well as ending the day with runners-up medals. It’s incredibly satisfying to see just how much they have improved over recent weeks. A massive thank you must go to Lee Coulson, who coaches the pupils every week, as well as Tai and Ewan, our Young Ambassadors, whose work and coaching with Basketball in the school over the last four years has been phenomenal and truly inspiring”.
IZB runs every Tuesday from 3.00 - 4.00pm in the leisure centre and is open to all pupils in Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi and is free!