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Raiders start new training scheme


Plymouth Raiders have joined forces with Marjon Cannons to provide basketball training programmes for youngsters across the city.

The merger is designed to improve the selection process for players who want play basketball professionally.

George Hatchell, the head coach at Marjons told BBC Radio Devon that the new arrangement will benefit everyone.

"We're creating a new central league where players will get a game and a training session once a week," he said.

The scheme, which will be known as Plymouth Marjon Basketball Club, will be headed up by experienced coaches from both clubs and include players from the Under-14s right through to senior level.

Hatchell said the professional set-up at the Raiders will provide a good example for young players to follow.

"Plymouth Raiders have been the top team in Plymouth for the last 20 years and they've been flying the flag for the city.

"The development programme will be just as strong as the professional programme in Plymouth if both clubs work together and provide coaches to go into the school and develop basketball."

Children from across Plymouth are being encouraged to get involved with the new club and there are plans for promising players to represent the South West nationally.

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