A BASKETBALL club is offering free coaching sessions for primary school children as a fun way to keep up physical activity in the new school term.

Barnsley Leaders Junior Basketball Club was formed in 1971 by coach Bert Beaumont.

Since its inception, the club has been coaching children, aiming to get them active.

“Basketball is a great sport because you don’t need any fancy equipment, just trainers,” said Bert.

“Players get a lot more involved as teams are only five-strong which means each person on that team is important and won’t be standing on the sidelines as much, if at all.”

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The team now has international members as their reputation has grown over the years.

“Basketall is really big in mainland Europe,” added Bert.

“I’ve had players come who cannot speak a word of English and it’s a great way of integrating them.”

The club offer free coaching sessions for primary school pupils from year three to six.

“It’s a really easy game to play and we offer the sessions as a way to get more kids interested in playing basketball because Barnsley is a football-centric town,” said Bert

Pupils will be taught all the basic skills, including dribbling, passing and shooting, at the sessions which run every Tuesday from 4.45pm-6.10pm at Netherwood Academy, Wombwell.

Registration takes place from 4.20pm and parents are invited to stay to watch. Send an email to barnsleyleaders@googlemail.com, or ring 755 354.