We want Scunthorpe to be a hotbed of basketball talent
If you have been inspired by the performances of Team GB Olympians such as Jessica Ennis, Bradley Wiggins and Mo Farah you're definitely not alone.
But for the members of the Scunthorpe Steelers Basketball Club the list of Olympic heroes is very different.
You'd be forgiven for not knowing the likes of Luol Deng, Joel Freeland, Johannah Leedham, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Natalie Stafford – just a small selection of the TeamGB representatives who have been battling it out in the basketball arena over the last few weeks against some of the best teams in the world.
It probably won't come as a surprise to most that neither the GB men's team or women's team progressed past the opening stages in London, but that doesn't necessarily mean failure on their part.
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Expectations were modest among the UK basketball community and on several occasions the GB teams almost upset the odds, showing the progress they have made.
Despite the disappointing results I'm still hoping the presence of the GB basketball teams in our home Olympics will "inspire a generation" to pick up a basketball and give the game a try.
We've been working tremendously hard as a club over the last few years to raise the profile of this fast-paced end-to-end sport in our area.
The Steelers have competed for many years in the DABA League, a Doncaster-based competition in which the team have enjoyed great success over the last few years.
We finished as cup and play-off finalists in the 2007/08 and 09/10 seasons, cup winners in 08/09 and most recently cup finalists again in 11/12.
We also have a "development team" which is comprised primarily of local under-18 players. This team competes in a Humber-based league.
Success for our teams in these leagues is obviously great and we welcome all we are able to achieve, but perhaps our biggest challenge is to encourage young people locally to take up the sport.
Development is a huge part of what we do.
With many of our senior players now qualified as coaches and officials we are able to put back into the sport at grassroots level and pass on our experience to local youngsters.
We have members as young as five years old who come along on a weekly basis to join in our sessions. Hopefully one day these young basketball players will play at an even higher level than our current senior squad and be able to pass on their knowledge to another group of young players.
As a relatively small club when compared to UK basketball powerhouses such as Manchester, Hackney and Newcastle, our long term goal is expansion.
Our aim is to have teams competing at all age groups, which is entirely possible and with our team of dedicated coaches, led by Chris Bycroft and Ian Clark, we hope Scunthorpe can one day become a hotbed of basketball talent.
We have been lucky enough to achieve funding from national governing bodies and initiatives in the past to help us push towards these goals, but unfortunately there isn't an endless supply of money and basketball is not as well funded as a lot of other sports in the UK.
Historically it's also no secret that schools are more inclined to promote other, more popular, sports.
At times it can feel like we are fighting a losing battle but we persevere and we would encourage any local youngsters who want to try something a bit different to come along to one of our sessions.
The first one is free, so you have nothing to lose.
Our junior sessions are always fun and young players who join us have a great opportunity to really achieve something.
Basketball is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK and we would like Scunthorpe to be at the heart of that growth in our region.
If you'd like to join us at one of our training sessions there are several ways of contacting us: via our Facebook page "Scunthorpe Steelers Basketball Club" or via email: email@example.com.
Please get in touch with any enquiries.