MORE than 40 youngsters from Gladstone have dramatically improved their basketball skill at an in-depth sleepover camp at Kev Broome Stadium.

The children were at the stadium from Friday night through to lunchtime yesterday and spent every moment on court when not asleep.

It is the second camp of this sort run by Gladstone Basketball this year after the May edition.

Both run by Gladstone Basketball general manager Derek Rucker, the boss and coach said the future was looking bright.

"It has been quite successful. We had about 40 kids and tremendous help from our sponsors," Rucker said.

"They have all shown tremendous progress over the six months I've been here.

"Gladstone's basketball future is looking really, really good."

Not only has the talent been great on the court, but the attitude and attentiveness of the players added to the success of the camp.

The kids were also shown where they could end up if they continued to improve, with the best players in Gladstone joining together for a match Saturday night for the kids to watch.

"Saturday night was an inter-squad scrimmage with Gladstone's finest basketballers," Rucker said.

"I am quite happy with how everything has gone and I hope the camp gets bigger and better every time."