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Eagles shoot hoops at Sunderland College

Sunderland College’s head of sport Graham Mytton with Eagles players Andrew Thomson, head coach Fab Flournoy and Darius Defoe, and the college’s sports development officer James Hair.

The stars of Newcastle Eagles dropped some slam dunks as they celebrated the launch of their community foundation at Sunderland College’s brand new sports facilities.

The British Basketball League winners showed their support for the new partnership by training at the college’s state-of-the-art sports hall where they showcased their skills to a selection of sports students.

Sunderland College has joined forces with the Eagles Community Foundation to encourage young people in the city to take up the sport.

The group, which was set-up in 2006 to boost basketball participation in the region, will be holding regular training sessions and competitions at the college’s new sports building at its Bede Campus.

Newcastle Eagles head coach, Fab Flournoy, said: “Sunderland College facilities are state-of-the-art and the team really enjoyed training at the new venue.  We are thrilled to support the development of a new basketball club site in Sunderland and this facility and partnership support from the college will be key to its success.”

The Eagles Community Foundation launched the programme at Sunderland College this week, which is being supported by Tyne and Wear Sport through Satellite Club Sport England Funding.

Three sessions will run every Monday evening from 5.30-6.30pm for under 14s, 6.30-7.30pm for under 16s and 7.30-9pm for under 18s. The first session for participants will be free of charge.

Sunderland College is welcoming a range of community groups to use its facilities following the opening of its £22million Sports and Visual and Performing Arts buildings this month.

The sports centre includes a multi-use sports hall, sports science performance lab, sports massage treatment areas, exercise studio and a fully equipped £100,000 fitness suite.

James Hair, the college’s sports development officer, said: “It was a great privilege to have the Newcastle Eagles first team train at our new facilities and we are delighted to be in partnership with the Eagles Community Foundation.

“The foundation presents fantastic opportunities to people of all ages and the college is thrilled to be involved in its good work.”

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