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UEL basketball captain targeting more success

PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:25 16 October 2014

Brentwood's Dougie Bennett is back at UEL for a fourth year to play for the basketball squad

Brentwood's Dougie Bennett is back at UEL for a fourth year to play for the basketball squad

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Dougie Bennett wants to win everything and has Commonwealth Game ambitions

University of East London student Dougie Bennett is looking to help the basketball first team win everything this season as they start their new campaign in the BUCS Premier League South tomorrow (Wednesday).

Bennett will captain the first team as he starts his fourth year at UEL after completing his Sports Coaching degree in the summer.

The Brentwood athlete is currently undertaking a masters in Strength and Conditioning but has his eyes set on earning more basketball success.

“We’ve gone promotion, promotion, promotion and last year we got promotion into the Premier League South and it was a really big deal,” said the UEL basketball captain.

“The buzz around everywhere is just amazing. I want to turn that into winning and I want to go to the BUCS Finals and do really well there.

“Our goal is to win everything and it has to be to win everything.

“Everyone is looking at UEL and thinking ‘where have they come from?’ and that three-year cycle we have been through, which was hard, has been worth it.”

Bennett believes the changes that have occurred at UEL since he moved to the University have been “astonishing” and discussed how it will only continue to get better.

He added: “In my first year we were going to have a British Basketball League team called Essex Pirates but that didn’t happen and the changes since then have been astonishing.

“Every sport, not just basketball, has blown up and the facilities are incredible.

“The turnaround in our form as a basketball team has been fantastic.

“The way UEL has grown in the last three years, it is really going to just get bigger and in ten years time who knows what it will be like.

“I believe UEL can be the top university in London by 2015 and then the challenge will be to compete with Loughborough. UEL has everything an elite athlete could need.”

Bennett also has ambitions of representing Scotland in the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018 after he captained his country at under-18 level.

The UEL captain admits he will do anything possible to boost his chances, adding: “I have always believed in staying focused on a certain goal and I think it is one that is more than achievable.

“There is no question that the logistics aren’t great. There will be a lot of night mega buses up to Scotland but if that is what it takes to get there then that is what I’ll do.

“I’ll be doing absolutely everything to be putting on a Scotland jersey at the Commonwealth Games.”

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