Tuesday 9th December 2008 by C. Freeman
Year 8 student Sean Spooner has received a community award after setting up his own basketball team and now he is following up offers of funding so that the team can train indoors this winter.
Sean, and his friend Nathan Parmar, set up Corby Bombers when they were both at Danesholme Junior School. Sean said: 'Nathan and I started playing basketball but we didn't have a team to play in because there wasn't any around for our age group so we started our own up.'
Now the club meets at West Glebe Park and the training sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays regularly attract around a dozen players with Sean and Nathan passing on tips during each hour-and-a-half session.
Sean recently won the Positive Activities Group Community Sport Award. PAG is a multi-agency organisation that encourages and celebrates the achievements of young people from Corby. Nine awards were given out at a recent ceremony and Sean received £100 of vouchers for winning his category.
He was invited to talk about Corby Bombers and his nomination for the award on Radio Northampton and Mr Jim Harker, the Leader of the County Council was so impressed with Sean's achievement that official funding might be made available to the basketball team. If so Sean would use any money to hire indoor sports facilities over the winter months and Brooke Weston has already offered the use of its sports hall at a subsidised rate. Sean said: 'If we are allocated any money for the club then we will spend it on indoor facilities as no-one turns up for outdoor training when it's winter.'
To find out more about joining Corby Bombers then email sean at firstname.lastname@example.org