Timbumburi girls jump into the basketball community
Andrew McDonald, from Timbumburi Public School in NSW, was delighted with his Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops basketball program delivered through Sporting Schools.
“Following the Sporting Schools program, our school of just 140 students was able to enter five teams in the local basketball competition,” Andrew said.
“The legacy of the program continues where we are now consistently seeing students of all ages take part in local basketball competitions,”
“In addition to this, our students have found avenues in representative basketball, coaching and umpiring. They are not just joining a sporting team, but entering a sporting community and making a real contribution,” he said.
Andrew believes his students were able to make the final eight of the PSSA Knockout last year due to the knowledge handed down by their Sporting Schools coaches for both training and playing the game.
For Tamworth Basketball Association’s Peter McDonald, the interest from the program has generated new teams in their competitions.
“Tamworth Basketball has had great results with the uptake following on from the Sporting Schools program. We have had a number of teams entering the local competitions from schools where we have delivered programs,” Peter said.
“It is especially pleasing to have teams entering our junior competitions from schools that had not previously had basketball teams; Timbumburi supported the formation of their teams only as a result of the interest generated from the Sporting Schools program,” he said.
Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run an Aussie Hoops program at your school? Check out all the details on the Basketball Australia page.