Young basketball players of tomorrow had to put a little extra effort into their training session as they were put through their paces by British basketball legend Drew Sullivan.
The 6ft 8in tall Olympian taught South Oxfordshire Heat Basketball Club members a basketballing lesson or two at an extra special session at Didcot Girls School on Saturday.
Sullivan, a former Great Britain captain and British Basketball League (BBL) icon, retired this year after two years at Leicester Riders, who he helped to two BBL titles, a BBL Trophy, a BBL Cup and a play-off triumph.
Now, he wants to use his experience to help the grassroots development of boys and girls in the UK.
He sat and chatted with the Under-10s before taking the older players through an intensive 90-minute training session.
Heat coach Shiv Mahalingham played against Sullivan in the early 1990s and arranged the session to help motivate the young children who train every week at the club.
Club trustee Des Dawkins, whose daughters play at the club, praised the initiative. He said: “Drew has helped inspire our players by leading a coaching session.
“He has reached the highest level of British basketball with hard work and commitment and this demonstrates to our players what they could achieve in all aspects of their life. We have never seen them so captivated or energised.”
Sullivan added: “Having the opportunity to try and inspire young players is something that means a lot to me. I’ve benefited from many different people investing their time in me and I feel it is only right that I do the same.”