YNYS Mon Celts basketball team are gearing up to test their skills against Italian opposition early next month.

The club will be brushing up on their skills over the next few days as they prepare to welcome international guests to the inaugural Ynys Mon Celts Spring Invitational Tournament on March 2 at Holyhead Leisure Centre.

Professional Academy side Roseto of Italy will be jetting into Anglesey on St David’s Day before competing in a five-team tournament in Holyhead the following day against two Ynys Mon Celts teams and North Wales clubs Wrexham and Mold.

The tournament signifies huge progress for a club that was only re-established some four years ago on the island, having competed in an international tournament last year in Brussels with them now welcoming one of the best young sides in Europe to Anglesey in a week’s time.

A spokesperson for the Ynys Mon Celts Committee, said: “Since this new club was re-established four years ago, the Celts have been all about encouraging the development of young basketball players and providing the best possible experiences for local youngsters to come together, make new friends, and enjoy what is a fantastic and inclusive sport.

“This fantastic tournament ticks all of those boxes, and we’re delighted to have international guests from Roseto in Italy attending he inaugural Ynys Mon Celts Spring Invitational alongside Wrexham Basketball and Mold Magic.

“Our kids have continued to develop at a staggering rate, we have more players training with us than ever before, our club is constantly growing and offering the best opportunities to local kids, and now we have this very special tournament on the horizon – we can’t wait for it to get going.”