Cardiff Met Archers' 24 hour charity match raises thousands

​14/05/2015

​Justas Jodkevicius from Archers Basketball U16 boys team dunks the ball in the U16 boys and girls game slot.

Archers Basketball  seniors representing Team Crohns and Colitis at the end of their all night stint.​

Cardiff Metropolitan University's basketball club recently raised over £3,000 for Crohn's and Colitis UK and Prostate Cancer UK.

The club split itself into two sides and battled it out at the Archers Arena, Cyncoed, over a gruelling 24 hours.

The idea for the charity event came from Cardiff Met student and basketball player, Callum Shields, who has suffered from Crohn's since the age of 13. Callum teamed up with Ruth Thomas, the longest serving Archers WBBL player, who lost her father to prostate cancer last year.

The 24-hour event saw players divided into team Prostate Cancer UK and team Crohn's & Colitis UK. The match tipped off with the U14's run by Barney Blake, George Webb and Jed Easton. After an hour on court, the U12s, run by Beth Jones, Annie Scanlon and Kojo Hazel, gave it their all.

The U16s took over next and produced the highest scoring game of the event; 107 – 95 to team Prostate Cancer UK. Team Crohn's finally got their first win during the U18s session, when the total accumulative score was 325 – 307 to team Prostate Cancer UK.

The senior players took over at 10pm with a huge turnout of current and past players as well as parents, who played solidly for 11 hours straight through until 9am.

At the half way point the score was team Prostate Cancer UK 720 – 695 Team Crohn's & Colitis UK.

Just after 7am, parents of the younger Archers Basketball players joined in the seniors with the momentous event, showing that basketball is truly for all ages.

The U10s took over at 9am, followed by the U12s, U14s, U16s and U18s until 1pm on the Saturday.

After 21 hours of solid basketball, all previous players were welcome to take part in the final three hours of play. In the last hour the last game was close, with two points in at all times and both teams trading three point shots to take the lead. The last five minutes of the game saw everybody on court in a final push to the finish.

The final score when the countdown clock hit zero was team Prostate Cancer UK 1524 – 1468 Team Crohn's.

Congratulating the players on this huge achievement, Cardiff Met's Director of Basketball, Lucy Power, said:

"This 24 hour match was a hugely awe-inspiring event. Every single player should be enormously proud that the entire Archers family came together to support Callum and Ruth and raise a fantastic £3,000 that will be split between two very worthwhile causes."