Daliburgh Knicks win first isles basketball tournament

The first Scottish Salmon Inter-Schools Primary Basketball League competition was held in Benbecula last Friday, with over 30 children from five primary schools taking part.

The league was established by basketballscotland in conjunction with Active Schools, and is being supported by the Scottish Salmon Company.

Friday’s competition was held at Sgoil Lionacleit, which is also the training site for the Uist Otters basketball club. The club was launched in November 2014 and is the first to have been established in the Western Isles.

The winning Daliburgh Knicks team with Christine MacQuarrie from Active Schools and John Kerray, basketballscotland’s regional development officer

The winning Daliburgh Knicks team with Christine MacQuarrie from Active Schools and John Kerray, basketballscotland’s regional development officer

The Balivanich Bulls, Uist Thunder, Daliburgh Hawkes, Lochdar Pacers and North Uist Magic teams all put up a valiant fight, but it was the Daliburgh Knicks from Daliburgh Primary School who eventually triumphed and took home the coveted trophy.

Debra Nichol-Storie, human resources director with SSC, said: “The hard work and dedication of basketballscotland has enabled children across the Western Isles to experience healthy living in a way that is both fun and competitive.”

John Kerray, basketballscotland’s regional development officer, added: “Thanks to the support of the Scottish Salmon Company, primary schools in the Western Isles are getting more chances to get their pupils involved in basketball than we could ever have hoped. The new league was the perfect opportunity for children from across Uist to come together and show off their new skills. We hope to get even more schools involved in the future.”