Tuesday 21st February 2006 by C. Freeman
Year nine student, Oliver Brown is multi-talented, playing both football and basketball to a very high standard. Oliver, who usually takes a defence or midfield position has been playing since he was five years old. Not only does he turn out for the Brooke Weston team, but he also plays for the Ise Lodge football club in Kettering every week, as well as the Kettering and Corby District team.
During the last couple of games for the District team he has been put on the pitch as a striker and managed to score a goal against the opposition from Luton – not bad after being put on as a sub!
Oliver's grandma used to be Secretary of the Kettering League and even started off Grange United football club on Kettering's Grange estate. With his mum having been a football referee, his uncles playing and his Dad's uncle playing for Wolves and coaching the England youth side at football, Oliver's sporting pedigree is showing through.
It is the skills that he developed at football that have helped him make the transition to basketball where he plays point guard or wing man positions. 'I started off in football in goal so that gave me good hand-eye co-ordination and one of my mates asked if I wanted to come along to basketball… in the end I've made it through to playing basketball for the school, county level and for the East Midlands region.'
Of the two sports Oliver currently prefers basketball and his aim is to keep his place in the Midlands team, as the East and West Midlands regions are amalgamating into one team, meaning that many players may be dropped.