Basketball boy escapes detention and speaks to 10 million on radio show

Alfie Winsborrow pictured with his mum Tracey Rettey at their Aylesbury home
Alfie Winsborrow pictured with his mum Tracey Rettey at their Aylesbury home

An Aylesbury pupil got out of detention after appearing on Chris Evans’ Radio 2 breakfast show to speak about a fundraising event at his school.

Eleven-year-old Alfie Winsborrow, from Churchill Avenue, Southcourt, was featured twice on show, which draws in 10 million listeners, to speak about the 24 hour basketball marathon which saw 150 pupils play through the night.

Alfie, who attends Princes Risborough School, said: “I was nervous before I went on the radio, but I tried to not let it show.

“They called me back because my name was picked out a hat, they managed to get me just before I got on the bus for school.”

“I don’t tend to listen to Radio 2 but it was funny!”

He spoke to Evans and his team before and after the event and the presenter was full of praise for the pupils’ efforts.

Alfie said: “Everyone there was very nice.

“Chris Evans was very impressed and said that most people can’t do anything for 24 hours, let alone play basketball.”

Although he insists that the new found fame has not gone to his head, Alfie admits that he is enjoying some of the benefits of speaking to nearly 10 million people in a morning.

He said: “I got out of a detention because of it, so I couldn’t be happier!”

The fundraiser has already reached its £6,000 target and the money will be put towards purchasing equipment for the new sports hall at the school.

For Alfie the efforts to raise the money were more of a challenge than the struggle to stay awake through the night to keep playing.

He said: “I had to do jobs in the house to get my sponsorship money.

“I was walking the dog, cleaning and hoovering. That was definitely harder than the basketball.”

The basketball did have its difficulties and the fundraising success was tainted slightly by a defeat on court.

Alfie said: “The basketball was all right. I got tired and had a bit of a headache.

“I only dozed off briefly through the whole time. I couldn’t sleep because I was worried I’d get drawn on.

“We won all of our games apart from one and that was only because one of the girls threw a strop and chucked the ball away.”

Alfie’s mum Tracey Rettey said: “I am very proud of him for embracing the opportunity and taking on the challenge.”

Alfie himself is pleased with his work for a good cause, but thinks that his charitable work in the future could be limited by one important factor.

He said: “It’s really good to give something back to the school.

“I would like do more, but they make me get up at 6am every morning so I’m not sure about that.”