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Promotion for Eagle eyed Adam

A STUDENT at Thorp Academy has earned recognition for his excellent court gains with promotion to the top tier of the Elite Performer Programme.

A STUDENT at Thorp Academy has earned recognition for his excellent court gains with promotion to the top tier of the Elite Performer Programme.

Basketball player Adam Routledge has gone up a rank on the scholarship scheme after reclaiming a place at the academy of the Newcastle Eagles.

Routledge was handed his EPP tie earlier this week and is delighted that his achievements have been recognised at Thorp.

“It’s reward for my hard work really, and I’m pleased,” said Routledge. “I didn’t make it on to the academy the year before, I was disappointed so I had to train all year to make it happen this time.

“I had to work even harder to make sure. I have been training two times a week with Newcastle East Griffins, then the other days I wouldn’t have a court to go and practice on so I would go in the garden at home with the hoop.”

Routledge feels the extra work at home has really benefited him.

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He said: “I started watching the game when I was nine or ten, when my mam took me along to watch the Eagles. I then came to Thorp to play for Ryton Rockets, a local league team, and loved it.

“I started to train more after that, found more than one session to go to by moving to the Griffins. I love it now and I just want to keep getting better.”

The Year 11 student, who is studying for his GCSEs this summer and has plans to further his education and develop his talent with the Eagles, has impressed everyone at Thorp.

Danny Evans, the director of the Elite Performer Programme, said: “It’s great to see since last year, and him not making the squad, that he has continued to work hard and push to regain his place.

“Adam is an excellent student at school and being promoted a tier is great reward for his studies and sporting talent. We hope more of the students aspire to move up the tiered structure within the EPP through hard work.”

Routledge, who plays point guard or shooting guard, has previously been part of the Eagles academy. Having reclaimed his spot on the 12-man squad he is focused on staying there.

He said: “Every summer the Newcastle Eagles hold trials to get onto the Premier North team. Two years ago I trialled for the Under-14s and got on but I didn’t quite make this last summer.

“The furthest we go to play is Birmingham and teams from all over face us, like from Manchester. I love playing and just want to keep improving.”