Police basketball team aim high in mission to win final

Officers and staff from Leicestershire Police Basketball Team are competing for the cup title as they play in the William Taylor basketball cup final this week.

The team will play this Sunday (22 April) at Leicester Community Sports Arena, in an attempt to take the silverware.

The men’s basketball team was established in 1982 and is made up of both non-police players and police officers and staff. Since 1982, the team has taken home the title of cup finalists in 2012 and 2017, as well as runners up in the Police National finals in 2016. The force also has a women’s team which was established in 2012.

PC Mark Innes who works at Force Headquarters and is captain and secretary for the team, said: “This is the second consecutive year the basketball team has reached the final of the William Taylor Cup.

“This is quite an achievement as shift work and high demand makes it very difficult to get everyone together consistently for training and matches. To have reached the cup final is testimony to the hard work and determination of the team.”

PC Ian Bradshaw, who has worked at Leicestershire Police for 26 years, and is the current chair of the club added: “We are really excited about playing in the cup final. The team has worked really hard this year, at times with reduced numbers.

“Our friends and family will be there to cheer us on and fingers crossed we bring the trophy back with us!”

You can follow the team’s progress on Twitter at: @LeicspolicBBall.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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