North American teams to visit in July

Canadian basketball coach Kim Smith (far left) and her tour team pose with members outside Tynwald during the team's visit to the island last July. While in the island they visited local schools and attractions as well as playing the Isle of Man national women's team. They are due to visit again this year

Canadian basketball coach Kim Smith (far left) and her tour team pose with members outside Tynwald during the team's visit to the island last July. While in the island they visited local schools and attractions as well as playing the Isle of Man national women's team. They are due to visit again this year

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Isle of Man Basketball Association recently announced that two North American teams will be visiting the island in July.

NBC Camps International Tours will be sending boys and girls under-19 teams to play against local teams, see the sights and share experiences from their own home towns.

‘The goal of NBC International Tours is to help these young athletes in their leadership skills and allow them to see and experience everything possible,’ says Bonnie Tucker, director of NBC International Tours.

‘For many of these young people, travelling overseas is a dream come true. NBC Camps is the largest basketball camp in the world and every year athletes from our North American sites apply for basketball tours of the UK and Europe, with young players working hard through the year to earn the tour fee for almost two weeks of touring.’

Last year saw a team of Canadian female basketball players swing through the island on their UK tour, spending their time seeing Tynwald, enjoying the Manx beaches and visiting schools to share their basketball skills and Canadian perspective.

They rounded off their time in the island with a close game against the Isle of Man’s national women’s basketball team, falling just short of beating the locals in a friendly but competitive match.

At the end of these tours each player rates their experiences and last year the Isle of Man came out on top. On the back of such great reviews, NBC have decided to double the numbers this year, sending both boys and girls teams to the island, arriving on Tynwald Day for two nights.

Local organiser Martin Dunne says: ‘It’s great that the Isle of Man has been so well received and to welcome even more international basketball players this year, but there is plenty of organising to do. NBC loves to have the athletes home stayed so they get a real experience of the places they visit.

‘I’ll be looking for homestays for the athletes and we will be working to get as many local players as possible involved in matches and training with the teams while they are in the island.

‘Unfortunately cost is an issue too, so we’re hoping to get support for court expenses from local businesses through sponsoring the tour’s visit to the island.’

Bonnie Tucker finished: ‘To experience the history in the Isle of Man is breathtaking and to have a healthy competitive game against athletes of another culture is exciting.

‘We have been running International Tours for more than 30 years and the Isle of Man is always a highlight.

‘Thank you Isle of Man for opening your arms to NBC International Tours members. We love the Isle of Man!’

For more information on the NBC International Tour to the island search Facebook ‘NBC USA on IoM’ or contact Martin Dunne at guldunne@hotmail.com

More information on NBC Camps in the UK can be found at www.nbccamps.co.uk

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