Student Needs Urgent Funding
Luke Spilsbury, of South Wirral High School, has already been scouted by the Welsh U15 national team, but financial difficulties could be about to stunt his chances of progressing.
The year 10 student was delighted when asked to train with the national side in the coming months. However, training camps in Belfast and Scotland, as well as South Wales every weekend, will add up to around £1,100.
His family just cannot afford this and are asking for help wherever possible.
Luke, who won the Junior Streetball Tournament in 2014 as well as the Anthony Walker Tournament with Cheshire Wire, said: “I’ll be really sad if I can’t go.
“I want to represent Wales, and I know that I’m really passionate about that. When I found out I had been chosen, I was so happy.
“It would be amazing to go; I’d love it.”
His basketball obsession started in 2010 when the Cheshire Phoenix took his school class to a game; from then on he was hooked.
Often playing for the year above him in school, Luke dreams of one day playing in the NBA.
His Dad, Paul Spilsbury said: “Basketball means the world to him. He goes to bed; he wakes up, and that’s all he thinks about. He’s very determined, always the last one to leave the hall and he’s put a lot of training into it, I’m very proud. If anyone could donate anything, I would be very grateful. It’s a talent that my son’s got, and it’s a shame that financial restraints could pull him back.”
Luke has already represented North Wales and is a prominent member of the Cheshire Wire Basketball Team.
His head of house at school, Mr Lawless said: “When you see him with a basketball you realise that he’s head and shoulders above everyone else. Unfortunately, as a school we just can’t fund it; it’s a crying shame really.”
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Article was written by Student Journalist, Tom Cantoni, City of Liverpool College. Read it on their website, here.