Noel-Baker Academy sixth form students head to Porec Croatia on Saturday to compete in the under 18s ISF World School Championships.

The team qualified for the event after winning the 2016 under 17s English national schools title back in May last year. The competition in Croatia sees the best 32 schools teams from countries all over the world including countries such as China, Brazil, Chile and India. 
Head Coach Matt Shaw commented "It's a wonderful opportunity for our guys to showcase their skills on the world stage. We are really excited about it. In addition to the basketball, there is also a cultural fair and chances to interact with all the other nations. It will be a unique experience for our lads that's for sure!"
It's not the first time Noel-Baker Academy have been on the world stage, it's a biannual competition and the school qualified two years ago and participated in Limoges France. In the end they finished 25th out of 32, something they'll be hoping to better this time round. However, that won't be easy, Noel-Baker have been drawn in the same group as Serbia, Greece and Czech Republic with the top two going through to the last sixteen and the other two dropping into classification play off games. 
Tzion Essel Jaji who moved from Northamptonshire to Derby to join the Noel-Baker sixth form because of the basketball academy added "I'm very excited about the opportunity and really looking forward to playing against some of the best players from around the world. This will provide me and my team mates with valuable experience to improve on the court and really challenge ourselves against different styles of basketball."
Noel-Baker Academy has a wonderful history when it comes to basketball. Having won 3 national titles in the last 5 years. Let's hope the lads can bring home a world championship medal this year.

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