NINE schools were hoping to be jumping for joy as they battled it out to be crowned Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Schools Under 14s Boys basketball champions.
The event was held at Hyndburn Sports Centre and, for this first time, Broadfield Specialist School took part alongside Accrington Academy, Hollins. Mount Carmel, St Christophers and more.
There were two groups with the top two schools competing in the final which ended up being Bowland High School against Ribblesdale with the latter winning.
However it was all about trying to get more pupils involved in basketball and boost a new club which has started up in the area – the Hyndurn and Ribble Valley Hornets Basketball Club which worked with Hyndburn and Ribble Valley School Partnership to run the event.
England Basketball’s target for this year is Boys Under 14 basketball and, with the new club, this was a great opportunity to get children from school into the club environment.
Partnership competition manager Roger Haythornthwaite said: "Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Hornets team manager James Tucker did a great job in running the competition along with Under 16 volunteers from the club. A year ago, we did not have a basketball team in the area for youngsters and it shows how far we have come.
"The plan is to get an Under-14 team to play in the Lancashire League as the talent in the area was great to see and, as a Partnership, I can only see basketball getting stronger."
Training days for the Hornets are Monday 7-8pm at Norden High School and Sports College Sports Hall.