The Girls camp coached by GB Womens player Lauren Thomas-Johnson on Tuesday was a great success, with girls travelling from all over Yorkshire to attend.
Lauren an accomplished England international at cadette, Under-16 and Under-18 levels, stepping up to Under-20 level with Great Britain in the 2007 European Championship, averaging an impressive 17 ppg. Moving to the USA to progress her basketball career in 2004. leading Kirkwood to back-to-back NJCAA Tournament championships in 2007 and 2008 and was MVP in 2008. Joining Sheffield Hatters in 2011, she helped us to a fourth consecutive National Cup and the 2013 EBL Division One play-off title.
Lauren passed on her wealth of playing and life experiences to the girls attending, all of which thoroughly enjoying the day.[su_quote cite=”Lauren”]I’m really enjoying coaching at the moment. The girls were great, all of them worked really hard and it was a pleasure to coach them. I’m looking forward to do more camps, maybe the next one with Steph Gandy.[/su_quote]
A number of girls also commented on their experience on the camp:[su_quote cite=”JD”]It was an inspirational experience with an inspirational woman, I learned a lot. She talked a lot about her home life which inspired me a lot also as I hope to be a lot like her when I’m older. It was also fun and I would be happy to do it again[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Brigha”]It wasn’t just the coaching that I enjoyed it was the talk Lauren gave after lunch, which I found really inspiring, I have lots of things I can go away and try and improve on[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Maryann one of the girls parents”]I thought she was inspirational, motivational worked on core skills, and gave the girls some key things to work on[/su_quote]
We are all looking forward to Lauren’s next camp at All Saints which could see Steph Gandy as part of the coaching team, watch this space!!!