BELFAST – Aquinas Grammar Schools’ basketball teams head off to the USA next week for 10 days to match up against some of Florida’s premier high school and AAU teams. This is the third school tour to the USA following two very successful previous trips.
Twenty-seven players will make their way to the Sunshine state under the auspices of PE teacher and basketball coach Joe McAufield who has established a real basketball culture in the Ravenhill Road school over the last decade. In addition to the twelve competitive games, the boys will participate in a two-day basketball camp, attend an NBA game and spend a day attending classes at a prestigious Floridian High school.
The tour should provide great preparation for the teams for Ulster school leagues, which commence after the midterm break. Last year, the U16 team had a very successful run in the National Cup and also won the Ulster title. It’s not all about the hoops action – the boys will have some time for shopping and all the theme park attractions Orlando has to offer.
You can follow the tour on Twitter – @AGSbasketball
*The team’s travelling uniform is sponsored by Optilase (UK’s No.1 leading eye surgery clinic) and the Xperience Information Technology group.