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THE basketball teams at Havering College have taken part in a masterclass coaching session with one of the UK's most highly respected players.

Dru Spinks – who holds 27 England caps after a basketball career at national and international level – ran a skills session at the college's Quarles Campus in Harold Hill, Romford, Greater London.

Dru, who stands at 6ft 5ins, inspired the cross-college male and female basketball teams with his tips on ball handling, shooting, passing, movement, defence, dribbling and fitness.

The event was organised in conjunction with Sportivate - a Sport England funded programme that gives more young people the chance to discover a sport that they love.

Sportivate sporting champion visit co-ordinator Amber Madkour said: "Dru has retired now but he works with us to tell young people about his own story and how he made it to play at the elite level for 15 years."

The former Milton Keynes Lions player will be returning to Havering College to run another Sportivate coaching session soon.

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Dru said: "Basketball is a very inclusive sport. It is exciting, sharp and fast paced. My main purpose is coming to Havering College is to inspire the students and get them to fall in love with the game of basketball even more."

The Havering College Basketball squads are made up of students studying Electrical Installation, Business, IT, Media, Sport, Construction and other courses.

BTEC Level 3 Business student Emmanuel Odunsi, 18, from Harold Hill, said: "It is a great surprise to have a sporting champion of such calibre helping us with our training. I played basketball for my old school, St Edward's and it's great that Havering College has a basketball team that I can be a part of."

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