Basketball boost for Midlothian

Once considered a hotbed of basketball, Midlothian once again has a club competing within the top division of the Men's National Basketball League.

Buccaneers, a club formed less than three years ago, have had their entry to compete within National League accepted by Basketball Scotland.

Buccaneers club secretary John Spence welcomed the announcement. He said: "This is great news for the area. Not only is Buccaneers Basketball Club aiming to bring back the razzmatazz from the good old days but we are also aiming to improve the quality of the basketball on offer.

"Of course, this won't happen overnight but it is our intention to market and promote the game so that people of all ages can come along and enjoy themselves. Longer term it is our goal to build a strong youth development programme which will be the best in the country."

While Midlothian has a number of other clubs such as Dalkeith Devils, Midlothian Saints and Penicuik there has been a gap for a number of years with no men's team competing at the elite level in Scotland.

Club spokesman Gordon Berry added: "Everything has happened so fast that we are working frantically behind the scenes to ensure we are ready for the new season which is only five weeks away. We are still looking for national league standard players and will be holding an open trial shortly so anyone who believes they are good enough to play at this level should contact myself on 07876 497329."