Over the last 6 Years since Stirling Knights was formed much has been said and written about the growth of the game in a Stirling, the coaches and the players. None more so than these two young players who's dedication and hard work toward the game they love which has opened up opportunities they never knew existed. 

Lewis McGlasson and Ruth Allison both started playing Basketball with Knights U12s back in 2011, aged 10 & 11 respectively both players took Basketball to their hearts and quite literally have never stopped bouncing a Basketball ever since. Early signs were visibly clear that this pair had potential. Their training commitment and dedication to Basketball Club life has never gone unnoticed and Stirling Knights are proud to support the future of both players and to take credit themselves with the introduction of such a life changing opportunity that is BASKETBALL into their young lives.

Ruth (16) having now left Wallace High School with flying colours academically has made the move from Stirling Knights to Zaragoza, Spain to take part in DF Deporte's Bilingual Programme, where they are playing for Mann Filter Zaragoza's U18Wteam, Stadium Casablanca in the Campeonato Aragon Junior Feminino League or U18W Regional League to you and me. The programme combines more than 20hrs a week training with studying Spanish, helping children at local schools with English classes and coaching younger age groups. Ruth is also coaching an u13 team who won their first game of the season this week. So far her days are long, full and tiring, but she is loving every bit of it and getting used to life in Spain

Stadium Casablanca Season started this week with a comfortable away win against Calasanz 86-23. Ruth pitching in with 7pts, 3 rebounds and 1 assist.

Lewis (15) making the jump last year to Santa Cruz, Tenerife to study in a Spanish School and play Basketball with Real Club Nautico de Tenerife, another former Wallace HS pupil, at first Lewis struggled with the schooling being taught everything in a foreign language but faced up to the challenge with the same determination as he does Basketball and is now fluent in Spanish.

Returning home in the summer after a successful year in Tenerife, Spain where his club R.C.N.T went to the Canaries Championship finishing 5th and Lewis representing the Tenerife, Regional Team at u15. Lewis went on to the European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria with the U16 Scotland National Team during August. 

Fully planning to return to Scotland this season Lewis settled back into club life at Stirling Knights and was looking forward to bolstering their National League Squads, however, after being spotted during his time in Tenerife during the Regional Championships was offered a full 3 year scholarship with club Terralfas Del Pi, Alicante, Spain. 

Another challenge and another language to learn (Valencian)! Lewis has settled into his new surroundings, living as a full time student athlete with his team and continuing his studies in Spanish and Valencian. Hopes are high for Lewis and his Cadete team this season who have secured their opening two wins over top competition, last season their u18M finished 5th in last seasons U18M Spanish Championships. 

Lewis who only moved to Alicante two months ago has already been impressing in both Cadete and Junior teams and has been selected into Valencian Regional Team who will compete in the Spanish Championship in early January.

Lewis and Ruth we wish you all the best in the future, you are trail blazers for Basketball in Scotland. Making your parents, friends and Stirling Knights very proud to have helped in setting you on your way whatever the future brings.


© Stirling Knights Basketball Club - 2011


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