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Kids get tips from pro basketball coach

Vancouver Bandits Kyle Julius shares knowledge with school players

School basketball players have been getting guidance from Vancouver Bandits bench boss Kyle Julius during the off-season.

Throughout the first semester of the 2023-24 school year, the Bandits head coach and general manager has been visiting schools across the Lower Mainland hosting basketball skill and training sessions.

So far, Julius has worked with 68 teams from 29 schools, including, in Langley, Aldergrove Community Secondary School, as well as H.D. Stafford, Credo Christian, Langley Christian, Peter Ewart, and R.E. Mountain.

“Having the Bandits work with schools in the Lower Mainland is exciting,” Julius said.

“These coaches and student-athletes are doing great work.”

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In a typical practice with Julius, student-athletes experience a pro-style warm-up, followed by drills and training routines.

Each practice concludes with a question-and-answer session.

Rachel Beskau, an educator and basketball coach at RE Mountain Secondary in Langley called it an “incredible opportunity.”

“To have a coach at the professional level was extremely beneficial for our student-athletes. Our kids felt inspired during practice and we plan to put Kyle’s drills directly into our basketball programs,” Neskau commented.

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