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Wednesday, 25 September, 2002, 07:43 GMT 08:43 UK
Top honour for sports pioneer
Ken Charles and winning team in the 1960s
Mr Charles coached some of the stars of the 1960s
A Cambridgeshire man has been awarded an international honour in recognition of almost four decades of sports coaching.

Ken Charles, 69, still coaches children in mini-basketball, despite having retired.

While head of Greneway School in Hertfordshire in the 1960s he pioneered the sport - designed for children under 12 - in the UK.

Now the international basketball governing body Fiba has given him honorary membership - a privilege shared by only six other people worldwide.

Ken Charles coaching children
Mr Charles still coaches today

The award is considered to be one of the highest honours in basketball.

However Mr Charles, who lives in Whaddon, is no stranger to prize-winning.

His club Corvus Cornix became internationally renowned in the 1960s as a training ground for sports stars.

Mr Charles told the BBC: "From here in this school, we had seven girls who played for English Schools.

"Two played for England and one played for Great Britain, and really was one of the very best players we have had in the country ever."

The game is played by boys and girls under 12, often in mixed teams.


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