Cardiff Met Basketball Olympian and elite team mates lend a helping hand to National Under 14s Squad


​Stef Collins coaching the Wales under 14s squad.

​Olympian Stef Collins was recently joined by team mates from Cardiff Met's women's basketball team to guest coach players from the Wales basketball under 14s girls' squad.

In the first session of its kind, Stef and three 'Archers' team members guest coached 13 girls from the national under 14s squad.

Stef, a Cardiff Met Masters student, was joined by team mates with world-class basketball credentials. They include Welsh international, current British Basketball Operations Manager and women's basketball Assistant Team Manager at London 2012 – Sarah Wagstaff; London 2012 women's basketball Team Manager and Director of Basketball at Cardiff Met - Lucy Power; and Cardiff Met Masters student and former professional player - Jess Jenkins.

Stef herself was a member of the London 2012 squad and has recently been appointed Director of Woman's Basketball on the Basketball Wales Board. She is also the most capped GB player ever.

Speaking about the event, Director of Basketball at Cardiff Met, Lucy Power said:

 "This coaching event was a great opportunity for both the Archers and Basketball Wales to work together – it helped these very talented under 14s players to further develop a range of skills and also helped the Archers develop coaching skills that can really boost their employability.

 "We were very impressed with the team's hard work and determination. We hope they were inspired by being coached by some great female role models and seeing an elite women's basketball game."

Stef Collins added:

"We were honoured to be asked to guest coach the national under 14s team and would like to thank them for a highly rewarding session.

"We worked in particular on shooting, defence and team skills throughout the afternoon – the under 14s rounded the session off watching the Archers win their last home game of the season which we hope they also found inspiring.

"These young players are working hard to develop their international basketball skills as they work towards future FIBA competitions and we look forward to working with them again."