Three students from TyneMet College who became friends through the college’s NESA basketball programme played together for the first time on the Newcastle Eagles court.
It was the first game Gregor Gray and Danny Horta-Darrington had been called up alongside full-time Newcastle Eagles player Eddie Mathews.
Gregor said: “It felt really good to play together again; we all became firm friends at NESA
“The times we had on and off the court have helped us to become the players we are today and the coaching we had through NESA was paramount in this – throughout the programme we identified our strengths and areas we needed to improve on, there was unlimited opportunities to progress and the support was incredible – all which has helped me develop as a player.”
TyneMet’s health and fitness manager Chris Bunten, who was involved in coaching and training the players whilst they studied, said: “This is a really proud moment for TyneMet – to witness Eddie, Danny and Gregor play together and do tremendously well in a sport they have worked so hard for highlights the success of our longstanding partnership with the Newcastle Eagles and I look forward to seeing rising stars of the future making it on the court.”
Gregor added: “We were all really excited to be playing together again; this was the first time we had all been on the Eagles court together – it was an exhilarating experience to play in front of so many fans, family and friends.”