Article Reads; About 60 young basketballers spent three days running off extra energy and learning new skills at a basketball development camp at Auburn Basketball Centre.
Run by Hoops for Health owner and coach Emma Bramston, the players, aged between five and 13, exhausted themselves on drills before putting their skills to the test in afternoon games.
"What amazed me was how they just kept going," Bramston said.
"The drills and stuff were quite intense, but they got to play at the end of the day, so they got to see those skills come out quickly in the game time.
They were happy to play to the very end and stayed back and kept playing. The parents would be trying to drag them out."
On Friday the clinic had a special visit from Sydney Kings guard James Harvey. "He was so good with the kids. He was really calm, a real people person." Bramston said.
"He talked to the kids about playing at the highest and what's required. It reinforced what the coach had been telling them throughout the day."
Players were split into two groups. Beginners focused on the fundamentals, basic movements and finished with the modified game of RunBall.
The intermediates played a more intensive game, where they were expected to make mistakes as they played to speed.
Bramston said four players from Lidcombe Public, Berala Public and St John's Auburn schools were given sports awards to let them come to the camp for free.
"The main intention is to give children in our local community an opportunity to participate in sport outside of school." she said.
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