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Her World, Her Rules Basketball Festival

(9 May 2019)

Over 200 students from schools across Country Durham and Stockton-on-Tees have had fun and learnt new skills during the ‘Her World, Her Rules’ basketball campaign led by our WBBL team, the Durham Palatinates. This has been an ongoing programme designed to engage and increase participation and enjoyment for basketball on a large scale.

What is #HerWorldHerRules?

'Her World, Her Rules' is a global project and social media campaign, led by FIBA which has been designed to promote women’s and girls’ basketball throughout Europe using a variety of different activities which are delivered in partnership with National Federations. The main aim of the campaign has been to attract both primary and secondary aged girls to the sport, and has been supported by some of the most prominent female players such as Alba Torrens, Emma Meeseman and Maria Vadeeva.

What have we done?

Additionally as part of the campaign, our coaching team have been delivering basketball sessions into 7 schools on a weekly basis over the course of the season, reaching over 100 students. This culminated in the ‘Her World, Her Rules’ festival held at Queens campus Sport, where another 100 girls developed their ball dribbling, shooting and game-play skills. 

On top of their coaching and studying commitments, our wonderful team have been busy playing themselves, having had their best season to date; reaching the trophy finals in Glasgow, finishing 5th in a very competitive WBBL league and also reaching the Benecos-UK WBBL playoff semi-final. During the festival, Durham Palatinates ‘Her World, Her Rules’ ambassador Harriet Ottewill- Soulsby was announced in the WBBL British Team of the Year! 

 What has been said?

Queens Sport Development Officer Peri Anderson said, “It was brilliant to see so many girls engaging in basketball and to see them using the skills they had learnt in the session in the game-play at the end. It was fantastic to see them enjoying themselves and great not only for basketball but for girls and women’s sport in general.” 

‘Her World, Her Rules’ ambassador and Durham Palatinates star player Harriet Ottewill- Soulsby said, “This has been a great campaign to be involved with and I speak on behalf of all the coaching team when I say that all the students have been a pleasure to work with. It has been a great opportunity to develop basketball in the area and we hope that this can continue in years to come.”

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