Hoops 4 Health

Hoops 4 Health has been our flagship community programme over the last 6 years. It allows us to use the professional players as positive male role models in the community, talking and engaging children in years 4, 5 and 6 in discussions and activities to promote healthier living. Through this scheme we are also able to provide sponsors and partners with useful and informative statistics compiled during the scheme.

We begin the scheme using a Roadshow in each of the chosen primary schools. This runs for approximately 1.5 hours, and sees 4 of our professional players working with all of years 4, 5 and 6. The children are split up into 4 groups and these rotate around each of the players. Each player will run an engaging, fun and informative session, covering:

  • Dangers of Smoking
  • Healthy Eating
  • Importance of Exercise
  • Basketball

The Roadshow begins and ends with an “assembly” of all those students taking part, and chances for them to win prizes based on the sessions that they have just been through.

The second stage of the scheme is 4 hours of basketball coaching for each school - it is up to the school who is involved in the coaching.

The third stage is a series of basketball tournaments, that each of the schools will be involved in. Each school will be invited to take part in one tournament, with the winners progressing to a Plymouth final.

The Plymouth final is played before a Plymouth University Raiders BBL home game at the Pavilions, with the winner being presented with their medals and trophy on the court in front of 1400 people, immediately before the professional game starts.