Basketball team

The Whitby Jets basketball team receive a training session from former Manchester United player and coach at RAF Fylingdales

The team have been playing together for just one season and have enjoyed surprising levels of success competing against other clubs regionally, but are now looking to further develop their skills and grow the squad next season.

The additional training session was led by Flt Lt Weeks, who works at RAF Fylingdales – the military site on the North Yorkshire Moors that tracks ballistic missiles and space debris.

The boys were put through their paces, working on the fundamentals of the game developing skills that NBA stars Luca Doncic and Lebron James would work on every day.

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The Whitby Jets arrive at RAF Fylingdales for a complementary training session.

Coach Michael Doughty, who coaches the Whitby Jets and hosts two Tuesday night basketball sessions at Caedmon College (but open to all primary school children in Years 3-6) said: ‘It’s only the beginning of this new sports club for the city.

“Our vision is to create an inclusive club where children of all ages have the opportunity to play, meet new friends, exercise, learn new skills and promote positive well-being.”

He added: “We are trying to recruit more children and parents to get involved so that we can grow the club and allow more young people to feel involved and get all the benefits of being part of it. ‘a team sport.

“To that end, we plan to hold an initiation session this summer so that children of all ages can come and try.”

Whitby Jets player Dan Roberts shoots some hoops at RAF Fylingdales.

The youngest member of the group, Harry Morley, 12, said: “I love being part of the Whitby Jets – we’re like family!

“We had a great time – the training session was amazing and I’m looking forward to next season.”

Flt Lt Weeks said: “There is some exciting young talent amongst this group of boys and coming here shows a real commitment to the sport.

“I can see real potential here for this group of kids.”

Coach, Flt Lt Richie Weeks teaches the basics with Whitby Jets player Alfie Lindoe.

Whitby Jets is looking for new members aged 9-18 and is looking for corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Contact Team Leader Graeme Lindoe at [email protected] for more information on sponsorship or the summer discovery session.

RAF Fylingdales has been an iconic landmark for 59 years. The Ballistic Missile Early Warning Site, or BMEWS as it is known, detects objects with a ballistic trajectory that could pose a threat to the UK and our allies.