Panthers have a lot to cheer about

"Girls Only" basketball coaching session  at Mackie Academy

"Girls Only" basketball coaching session at Mackie Academy

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Portlethen Panthers are swelled with pride this week as two of their coaches received awards.

Jamie Leese received SportsScotland ‘Community Coach of the Year’ while Jack Ricci was BasketballScotland’s ‘Young Coach of the Year.’

Jack Ricci received the BasketballScotland "Young Coach of the Year" award

Jack Ricci received the BasketballScotland "Young Coach of the Year" award

Both coaches have done great work for the club with everyone pleased to have them on board.

Jamie started playing baskeball at Blairgowrie High school in 1990 aged 14, and played up to 6th year. He also played in the Tayside local league senior men’s team for Blairgowrie Bears and the Brechin Braves Under 19 National League Squad.

Jamie started to coach at Panthers approx. 3 years ago and has a vast knowledge of basketball; he is energetic, enthusiastic, passionate about basketball and his reward comes from the effort that his players’ put it – whether at training or on court playing competitive games.

While at a recent Portlethen Community Basketball Club Session the Young Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Jack Ricci for his contribution to local basketball sessions. Jack’s commitment to playing, coaching and developing young player’s skills and knowledge of basketball has been of huge benefit to his local Primary school, Secondary school and Club. He is a positive role model for his peers and younger players. This year Jack has added to his commitments by delivering sessions in Altens, so he will be even more involved in basketball this year.

Jamie Leese received the SportScotland "Community Coach of the Year" award.

Jamie Leese received the SportScotland "Community Coach of the Year" award.

The club are also celebrating after holding a ‘girls only’ basketball coaching session to attract new members. The session held at Mackie last week had 26 attending 
with 15 girls being new to 
the sport.

For anyone between 8 and 12 years old - the next Panthers Super-Leagues event will be held at Inverbervie Sports Centre on Sunday 22nd November, from 3pm to 5pm. For further information and to book your place, please contact Jackie Bruce, Panthers’ Club Champion on 07730 800027 or email portlethenpanthers@gmail.com