Thomas Gainsborough School basketballers enjoy national success

The Thomas Gainsborough under 14 basketball team

The Thomas Gainsborough under 14 basketball team - Credit: Archant

A school PE teacher has spoken of her pride after two of her teams narrowly missed out on becoming national champions.

Thomas Gainsborough School's under 16 basketball team

Thomas Gainsborough School's under 16 basketball team - Credit: Archant

The Under 16 and Under 14 teams at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard beat all-comers in the Suffolk and regional rounds in the National Schools Basketball Competition.

The Under-14s made it all the way to the last eight – the furthest in the competition that a TGS team of this age group has ever got - but lost at Northampton School for Girls 83-38 against strong opposition containing players from National League level.

Meanwhile, the Under-16s team lost at Nottingham Academy 68-46 in their final 16 match.

PE teacher Vicki Brownsell said: “I am so proud of the students and how far they got this school year. It has been an absolute pleasure to coach them and hopefully next year we might just make it to the final fours.”


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