Adviser - Spring 2016

Hoop it up

Luke Mascall- Wright (left)

With players selected for national sides, Ipswich Basketball Club are going from strength to strength - and Scrutton Bland continue to lend their support

A recent report from Sport England has highlighted the fact that more adults have taken up sport in Ipswich since the London Olympics than anywhere else in the country. The statistics show an increase of 9.3% of adults playing grassroots sport for at least 30 minutes a week. To the sports professionals who are based in our region, the figures are testimony to their tenacity and hard work: getting young people into sport, and instilling an awareness of a healthy lifestyle. And no one is harder working and more tenacious than Nick Drane, Head Coach at Ipswich Basketball Club. Nick and his coaching teams at Ipswich Basketball Club have been producing elite players in Suffolk since 1976 and the club is now one of the largest and most respected clubs in the UK. Many of their players have represented their country at both junior and senior level and they have also had players go on to play at professional level in the UK and in Europe. Currently they are running

teams from Under-12’s through to senior national league teams, and Scrutton Bland are very happy to be helping them by providing sponsorship for both the Ipswich Basketball Team and their ‘Playground to Pro’ Community Project. Scrutton Bland has been a major sponsor of the team since 2013, and the latest deal will see the company strengthening its support for the team. It will partner the club in their community-based work which takes coaches of the Basketball Academy into schools in the region and to provide training to the children. Tim Mulley, Senior Partner at Scrutton Bland said: “As an established business and employer in Ipswich and north Essex we are keen to engage with the local community and getting involved with local sports is just one of the ways in which we do this. “We have some talented sports men and women working with us, including one of Ipswich’s star players, Tyme Regent-

Tyme Regent- Bascombe

“The Community Project is a great way of engaging children with the sport at a young age, whatever their background . . .”


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