Historic season for 'Mighty Lions' in Ashford - PHOTO

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It has been a historic 2016/17 season for The North School Lions Varsity Basketball team as they ended their seventh season having amassed a record breaking 31 wins and reaching their first ever ‘Final Four’ in the U19 National Schools competition.


The path was challenging for the Lions, as they overcame two former National Champions, arch-rivals and elite opposition from both home and international soil.

Aside from their National Schools success, the Lions captured their 6th Christmas
Invitational Tournament trophy and secured their 6th successive East Kent Schools League title.

Victory in the East Kent League was a particularly meaningful feat for the Lions as they completed a six year, 65 game undefeated run in the competition before stepping away from the league to pursue other competitive opportunities in 2017/18.

Preparations have already begun for the 2017/18 season and the outlook is extremely
promising with the Varsity team retaining 10 of the 12 players from the 2016-17 campaign.

The North School Lions Varsity Basketball Team

Head Coach of the North School Lions, Andrew Sunderland commented: "It was an
unbelievable year full of memories that will be etched into the history of the program. The maturity, experience and physicality of the players who carry-over will be invaluable going into next season; but for now we just need to focus on attaining outstanding academic results and improving as individuals over the course of the off-season."

After a season for the ages, comparisons will be rife for the 2017/18 squad, but when the pre-season starts in September, Coach Sunderland and his players will be looking to forge their own identity as they pursue their own place in Lions Basketball history.

Anybody who is interested in joining The North School Lions Basketball Academy can contact Head Coach, Andrew Sunderland at

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