East Cambs Warriors Basketball Club welcome new all-female Amazons team

The East Cambs Amazons' first training session.

The East Cambs Amazons' first training session. - Credit: Archant

East Cambs Warriors Basketball Club has launched its latest team – the East Cambs Amazons.

The Amazons are a new female-only basketball team aimed at players aged 14 and above, and the side’s new stars took part in their first training session on Monday June 6.

Eight players, including some experienced and some new to the sport, attended the session at Witchford Village College, and now the team is aiming to go head-to-head with other female teams in the area in friendly matches.

The club has been set up through funding from Living Sport, and head coach of the East Cambs Warriors, Rob Knapper, is excited for the Amazon’s future.

He said: “Our aim is to get as many teenage girls and women involved in game. By making the sessions fun, our aim is to promote fitness, team building and self-confidence. Cambridgeshire as a county is lacking in not only female but girls basketball teams.

“I was pleased with the first session and how it went. Out of the eight that turned up, only couple of the ladies had played the game before, but that was when they were at school. We make the sessions fun and teach the participants new skills and for many a new sport.

“From the reaction that we got from those that took part, they seemed to have a good time. We have to remember that we are a new club and basketball has never really been offered the female population of East Cambs and Fenland.

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“We hope that when they see that basketball is available, the club will continue to grow and we will attract more players.”

If you are interested in playing for the Amazons, then you can attend a training session at Witchford Village College Sports Hall on Monday nights at 8:30pm.

The first session is free, with sessions thereafter costing £3. For more information, email eastcambsamazons@btinternet.com.