SCHOOL CLINIC BLITZ ON THE RISE
NUNAWADING BASKETBALL | School is back, and the Development Team at Nunawading Basketball is gearing up for another skills clinic blitz across the Term 3 calendar. In fact, with Basketball Victoria’s Hoop Time competition in full flight, Term 3 is shaping to be Nunawading Basketball’s busiest period of the year with 64 clinics already confirmed over the next 9 weeks.
“It’s a fun experience for both the children and our coaches alike,” Nunawading Basketball Development Officer Luke Van Rijn said.
“The excitement generated by having our elite level athletes in-school, encouraging personal and physical development to school aged children is incredible.”
“Likewise, for our players and coaches to have an opportunity to positively impact a new generation of aspiring young athletes is something very special.”
Nunawading Basketball delivers the skills clinics at no cost to local primary schools principally in the Whitehorse, Monash, Manningham, Maroondah and Boroondara areas - utilizing many of the programs elite NBL1 or emerging Big V talented athletes as clinic coaches.
“The in-class sessions have offered students so much more than I could cover myself in PE lessons with skills, but also engagement, confidence and motivation to learn. This of course translates to students' overall enjoyment of sports, positively impacting on longer term health and well-being! Thank you on behalf of all our students!” - Elisha Cotterell, Essex Heights Primary School
“As an organisation, we’re privileged to have such a large footprint in our community,” Nunawading Basketball Operations Manager Paul Flynn added.
“The Nunawading Basketball Centre will celebrate its 50th Anniversary next year and it has been our mission since day one to immerse ourselves within the wider community and utilise the skills and expertise inside of our organisation to grow the game of basketball and promote a balanced, healthy lifestyle.”
Whilst it can often be a slow start to the year, clinic sessions increase significantly into Term 2 as schools begin preparation for their Hoop Time fixtures. By the mid-year break, Nunawading Basketball had already delivered 84 clinics in-school, amassing over contact 270 hours with students directly. By year end Van Rijn and his team aims to have delivered just over 200 clinics to local primary schools.
With the status of basketball on a constant rise, Nunawading Basketball, which was recently identified as the second largest association in Victoria (registered participation with Basketball Victoria), is continually brainstorming new ways in which they can best engage with young children.
“On top of the in-school clinics delivered in Term 2, we piloted a 7-week program which saw four of the larger schools in our zone bring their students on-site at Nunawading Basketball Centre,” Van Rijn explained.
“With the assistance of our two elite American players in Kathleen Scheer and Dain Swetalla, we were able to develop a bespoke program that brought the students through a development pathway from introductory skills to simulated game play.”
“We’re keen to expand on what we can offer our schools,” Flynn continued, “but we face the intensifying issue being a lack of court space here at Nunawading Basketball Centre.”
“Our five-court facility is currently operating at capacity with programs and competitions running in every possible timeslot.”
“Add to that Hoop Time, School Sport Victoria and private group bookings during the day and we’re limited to how often we can bring primary school groups onsite and obtain a genuine experience of what it’s like to run up and down the same courts that have developed more Australian representatives than any other program in the country.”
For now though, as Term 3 tipped off at 9:00am Monday morning - Nunawading Basketball was already onsite getting a head start on what promises to be a huge quarter of basketball.