Sunderland youngsters try USA sports

Youngsters from schools across the city and beyond have been taking part in an American Sports Camp at Sunderland High School, Ashbrooke. These fans of sport USA style are pictured taking part in the baseball session. During the week they also had the opportunity to try out rollerblading and cheer-leading.

Youngsters from schools across the city and beyond have been taking part in an American Sports Camp at Sunderland High School, Ashbrooke. These fans of sport USA style are pictured taking part in the baseball session. During the week they also had the opportunity to try out rollerblading and cheer-leading.

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CITY kids have been enjoying home runs at a star-spangled sports camp.

Baseball, basketball, American football, roller hockey and cheerleading have featured at the American Sports Camp at Sunderland High School.

The week-long camp was open to children from all schools who were given expert instruction from the Newcastle Eagles basketball team and the DC Presidents American football team among others.

Organiser Steve Huntley from Multisports UK set up the annual camp almost 20 years ago when he was sports development officer at Sunderland High.

“It’s the only camp of its kind in the UK and was started back in 1994,” he explained. “At the time the school gave me the challenge of setting up a camp that could offer something different and was open to the community.

“I lived in California in the early 80s and was teaching in sports colleges. I was always bowled over with the enthusiasm Americans had for sports and how supportive families were of grass-roots sports.”

Roller Blades Hockey Great Britain coaches also attended the camp in Ashbrooke.

Steve said: “This week has been phenomenal. The kids have gone through everything: mud, sweat and tears, but they have had a ball.

“The ethos of the camp has always been about introducing non-traditional sports to children who aren’t just footballers. Baseball, in particular, has been extremely popular this week.

“Every time we come back to the North East, Sunderland High School are so supportive of the event in providing their facilities.”

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