For the first time in decades, Jersey has a women's basketball league with 40 players signed up so far.

The new competition tipped off this week with four teams set to play six rounds of fixtures over the next few months.

The Jersey Basketball Association says it hopes to expand the league in future and increase the number of games if there is demand.

It also launched its first ever junior academy league this week, which has been created to five local 11-15 year-olds competitive action.

While I've been part of basketball, there's never been an opportunity for ladies to play against other ladies in matches. They all play generally in the mixed leagues, but never the opportunity to showcase against other ladies so it's really great that we've had the opportunity to set this up this year. It's going to do wonders for confidence, and our aim at this is just creating a fun and - most of all - a competitive environment they can have fun in and show their talents off.

James Reed, Jersey island ladies coach
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