- National Teams
Famfest returns next week as a collective of British basketball ‘legends’ take on some of the most talented under-21 ballers in the UK, handpicked by the Luol Deng Foundation.
The event, taking place on 3rd September at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre for the first time, will include a number of big names, ranging from Sky Sports presenter Kevin Cadle, to under-21 prospect Ed Lucas (1993 born).
Event organiser Luke Bowler, from the School of Hoops says spectators have a lot to look forward to :
“Spectators can expect non-stop action, from some of the leading components of British professional basketball to live music and dance. We’re also hosting probably one of the last BBQ’s of the summer allowing people to enjoy traditional barbecue and Jamaican Jerk Chicken amongst other dishes whilst they watch.”
Famfest was set up in 2007 (check out video of 2010’s event here), with the intention of bringing a professional level of sport and atmosphere to young people from low income backgrounds who get little opportunity to see basketball in that environment. It has since gone from strength to strength.
“After the unrest that occurred in our local community our primary objective this year was to unite not just the basketball community but young people and their families in general, in a positive event that championed some role models kids could look up to.
“Our umbrella charity Family Resource Centre UK believe in our young people so much and for that reason they offered entry to this free to anyone booking in advance. They feel our young people and the coaches that dedicate their time to improving them both on and off the court are the real examples of an Olympic Legacy – the spirit of 2012, if you will.”
The young bucks will be coached by Guildford Heat head coach Creon Raftopolous. Leading the Legends will be the aforementioned Kevin Cadle who remains in the Guiness Book of Records to this day for coaching the most successful team in British basketball history on his way to a record 300 Career League Victories and 27 major trophies. He’ll coach a team of former England and Great Britain Internationals including Peter Scantlebury MBE, Ronnie Baker and Mike Martin as well as Nigel Lloyd and Tony Windless.
The under-21 roster is yet to be formally confirmed, but will include the likes of Lucas, Henry Wilkins and Caylin Raftopoulos.
The best thing about it? Tickets for FamFest are FREE but must be booked in advance (and are being snapped up fast!) as tickets bought on the day will cost £2. Doors open at 1pm. To book; call 0203 371 0959, or book online at www.fam-fest.com.