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Thirty youngsters took to the court as Bishop's Stortford's new basketball club was launched at Birchwood High School.

Stortford Vikings has been set up by teacher and father-of-three Phil Molyneux for children aged 9 to 14.

He held a taster session for 30 kids last Thursday (Nov 11) – tickets were allocated on a first come, first served basis after more than 150 had expressed an interest.

Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53028855)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53028855)

Molyneux started playing the sport at the age of 13 and competed in the National League before gaining international experience playing and coaching in America and Hong Kong.

Last week, he covered the basics of dribbling, passing and shooting. Everything was then combined in three quick games at the end of the session.

He is hoping to grow the club quickly in order to have several teams at different age groups so members can compete in leagues.

Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. Phil demonstrating how not to bounce the ball....Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029530)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. Phil demonstrating how not to bounce the ball....Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029530)

Molyneux, a Year 5 teacher at St Edmund's prep school at Old Hall Green, near Puckeridge, has a degree in coaching and performance development along with a masters in sports business management, and has set up the club on his own.

He is keen to include local sixth-form students or those completing Duke of Edinburgh's Award certificates who are interested in gaining knowledge of coaching basketball.

Training sessions are set to be held on Thursdays at two venues: Birchwood for children aged 9 to 11 (6pm-7pm) and Bishop's Stortford College for ages 12 to 14 (7.30pm-8.30pm).

Molyneux would also like to hear from potential sponsors who could help with branding and training equipment. See www.stortfordvikings.co.uk for more details.

Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53028861)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53028861)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53028865)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53028865)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53028867)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53028867)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53028868)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53028868)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53028869)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53028869)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029522)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029522)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029523)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029523)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029526)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029526)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029527)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029527)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029528)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029528)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029529)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029529)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029532)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029532)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029548)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029548)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. Jo and Phil demonstrate the chest pass. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029567)
Birchwood Sports Hall, Bishop's Stortford. Basketball taster session for new team - Stortford Vikings. Run by Phil Molyneux and former England Ladies basketball player Jo Brown. Jo and Phil demonstrate the chest pass. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53029567)


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