Ideas are like energy. Potential waiting to be unleashed. Take Sarah Murphy’s idea as an example.
Appropriately enough for a Centre resurrected by basketballers, Sarah’s idea was to develop the women’s side of the sport.
With Blaze Basketball Club already a founding partner of The Crags, yet without a girl’s section, and Sarah saw the potential for girls basketball to find a home at The Crags.
“I wanted somewhere where girls could come to develop and improve,” she explained, “Something I’ve done from a young age is coach girls’ basketball and The Crags seemed like a great place.”
Sarah picked The Crags because of the central location, not to mention the close proximity to three partnership schools – Boroughmuir, Gillespie’s, and St Thomas’ – as well as an even greater number of partnership primary schools, all full of potential club members.
With these fantastic resources right on her doorstep, Sarah was able to visit the surrounding cluster schools to promote the club to their pupils. Sarah was then able to invite the pupils along for basketball open sessions at The Crags, which run every week.
The Crags soon began to see the under-12 and under-14 development groups (which Sarah leads as the coach) grow in strength and numbers. Not only has Sarah grown new teams, she has also been able to grow as a leader.
Of course, the location isn’t all that The Crags has to offer: “The facilities at The Crags are great: we’ve got access to a massive games hall which we can use for much of the week.”
The features of the Main Hall means that Sarah has also been able to help organise basketball tournaments to be played at The Crags, again helping to recruit new players in to the group. The size of the hall creates endless amounts of opportunities for new and innovative uses.
With The Crags’ assistance, Sarah was able to set up a girl’s basketball teams for Blaze Basketball Club – a club who’s volunteers make The Crags model a success.
“Training slots were given straight away, any help that was needed was provided. The Crags have also helped to promote the growth of girl’s basketball, so it has not just been me having to go out to schools on my own. We’ve had lots of coaches helping out…it’s been great.”
Crags Activities Co-ordinator, Eoghann Dover, has been really impressed with Sarah’s enthusiasm: “The amount of time Sarah has given to develop the girls section at Blaze, shows just how passionate she is about the development of girls basketball. Sarah is a great ambassador for Blaze and The Crags. It is great to see her ideas growing.”
Sarah had an idea… give us yours.