London Lions stars to launch Islington youth event

Rod Brown, London Lions

Rod Brown, London Lions - Credit: Archant

Star players from London’s only professional basketball team will help to relaunch a popular Islington youth programme later this month at Sobell Leisure Centre.

Six members of the London Lions team, who are based at the Copper Box Arena, will feature in an exhibition match when the inaugural Saturday Night Out takes place on September 27.

The monthly event, for 13 to 19-year-old boys and girls, is a revamped version of the Saturday Night Project that ran in the borough in recent years.

The players will perform a basketball skills exhibition after the match and there will also be competitions and an opportunity for spectators to win free tickets to upcoming Lions games.

Future sessions, which run from 6pm to 10pm, will feature sports such as football, badminton, squash and gymnastics, as well dance and a number of other activities.

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Islington community sports officer Steve Heard said: “It’s an inclusive community event and the idea is for young people to have fun in a safe and constructive environment.”

You can gain free entry on September 27 by bringing one of the leaflets with information about the relaunch event that will be sent to households around the borough.

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