SHOEBURYNESS High School have been crowned national co-champions after seeing their cup final cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Shoeburyness had been due to take on St Bonaventure’s School in the under 16 Premier Division final.

But coach Daniel Seaman remains incredibly proud of his side.

“The boys have been a pleasure to coach and very much deserved to become national co- champions after all their hard work and dedication over the years,” said Seaman.

“They have been positive role models and a credit to the school. They may not have their last dance playing together at Shoeburyness High School but their achievement will be proudly recognised for years to come.

“This is a huge achievement as this was in the premier league, which is the highest level of basketball in the country.”

But the team have become accustomed to success throughout their time at the school.

“This school team have had numerous local achievements,” said Seaman.

“They were crowned Southend Schools league champions for four years in a row, as well as making the Essex Cup finals two years in a row but unfortunately this final also got cancelled due to covid-19 along with the nationals.”

Basketball England’s Senior Delivery Manager Gail Richards added: “We appreciate that teams have put in a tremendous amount of effort throughout the season to reach their respective finals and being named as co-champions is the least that they deserve.”