Nerine Trust has continued its commitment to local sport by sponsoring the Nerine Nets basketball team for three years.
The Nerine Nets, as they are now called, was originally set up in 2007 as the founder’s daughter wished to play basketball but it was not, at that time, a sport that her school catered for. The team has flourished in the last six years with school girls from all of the island’s secondary schools being members. The focus of the team is to provide school girls with the opportunity to develop their skills and play competitive matches, but most importantly have fun.
The team comprises of around 16 girls aged between 11 and 18, and whilst most members in the past have moved clubs once they have finished their secondary education, there are signs that this trend will change as players re-join the team once they have graduated from university.
The Nerine Nets work in association with the Guernsey Basketball Association (GBA) to provide young player development, and as such players are referred from the Future Stars programme set up by the Guernsey Sports Commission.
The sponsorship will cover the cost of a new team kit and GBA league fees for the three year period. Robin Smith, group finance director at Nerine Trust and coach of Nerine Nets, said: “Our aim is to always have fun and bring out the enjoyment in the game, but we are heading towards understanding more about serious, competitive play and aiming to compete with adult sides. We have a number of players who have been involved in Under-15 and Under-19 development squads and most of the team have plans to continue playing when they go to university.
“On behalf of the whole team, we are immensely grateful to Nerine for their support from the beginning and we wouldn’t have had this opportunity without them.”
The squad will recommence formal weekly training in September to prepare for the new season starting in October/November.