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Reach for the Sky Basketball

Reach for the Sky Basketball is a South Lanarkshire based organisation which aims to tackle communities social and economic issues by providing opportunities and pathways for young people and community members using the sport of Basketball as a vehicle.

Reach for the Sky was founded by Managing Director Graham Hunter after having come to the end of a long dedicated run of playing basketball from club level and International in Scotland to High School and University in the United States of America.

Reach for the Sky has engaged with over 8000 young people over the last two years – covering all ages and both sexes with in-school, after-school and outwith-school opportunities.

Academies have been established in seven communities across South Lanarkshire, each with their own personalised, colour-coded merchandising. Whilst the focus is primarily on having fun and getting involved, there are league games on a Saturday morning and basketball camps during school holidays.

Graham has received funding and advice from a number of sources including FirstPort, Business Gateway and the Robertson Trust, however faces a challenge in ensuring long term sustainability. Keeping participation fees to a minimum means the ideal route is to develop Service Level Agreements or contracts

Reach for the Sky is currently in discussion to expand their service into other local authority areas.

For further info, contact:

Graham Hunter
Reach for the Sky Basketball
The Atrium Business Centre
Suite 4
North Caldeen Road
Coatbridge
ML5 4EF
Tel: 01236 702041
Email:graham@reachfortheskybasketball.com

Website: www.reachfortheskybasketball.com

Alongside fun and competition, as players get older they are encouraged to develop skills in refereeing and coaching. Their response has been gratifying with territorial boundaries successfully crossed, friendships made, and health improved.  Graham hopes this enthusiasm will enhance life and work opportunities, perhaps leading to future employment for today’s players within Reach for the Sky and beyond.

Discussions are underway to extend the enterprise into two other local authorities. Graham plans a street-version with young adults, but mostly he wants to use sport to address the myriad of challenges facing young people.


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