The Sporting Schools program – Helping Kids become Champions

In Australia, no matter where you live there is a great opportunity for your kids to play competitive basketball. The Australian Government through its Sporting Schools program provides funding and support for a range of programs suitable for the introduction of young children to the game. It does this through programs like ‘Aussie Hoops’ in co-operation with Basketball Australia.

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Here are the details, courtesy of the Sporting Schools website…

Essentials for Schools

Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops is Basketball Australia’s official junior game development program for 5-10 year olds.  Adapted for the school setting, Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops introduces children to basketball with a nationally accredited coaching curriculum and a program consisting of warm-up games, skill activities and modified games all delivered by accredited coaches.

Program Details

Basketball Australia has assembled a network of experienced, passionate local coaches from clubs and associations who will deliver Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops programs in your school.

Programs include:

  • A fun and engaging basketball program, delivered by accredited coaches
  • Offers to students for continued basketball involvement at a local club
  • Nationally endorsed curriculum linked to F-10 outcomes
  • State/Territory and National service and administration fee

Registered school contacts can login to their Sporting Schools account to access the Booking System and view all the packages available in more detail. You can also visit the Sporting Schools Help Centre for further information.

Can Teachers Deliver?

Yes, teachers can deliver basketball in Sporting Schools by meeting the requirements below.

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You will need to:

  • Hold a valid state and/or territory teacher registration
  • Confirm adequacy of insurance

And meet the following requirements:

  • Basketball Australia Community Coach Accreditation
  • Contact State Sporting Organisation for Endorsement

Equipment

After having booked a program or receiving approval for a teacher delivered program, schools can purchase an array of Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops Sporting Schools Resources. Download your order form here.

Contact

For booking enquiries please visit the contacts page of the Sporting Schools website to find your state contact.

Optional Extras

Contact your State/Territory Aussie Hoops Coordinator about the following Sporting Schools basketball experiences:

  • Professional player visits
  • Stadium visits

Additionally, once your students have had a taste of Aussie Hoops through Sporting Schools, they are invited to join one of over 250 Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops programs delivered nationally each Term, where they receive a participant pack including:

  • Green/Gold Aussie Hoops reversible singlet
  • Spalding Aussie Hoops size-5 basketball, modified to suit small hands
  • Aussie Hoops backpack

Contact your coaching provider or State/Territory Aussie Hoops Coordinator about your school hosting an Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops program after-school each term, for either your own students or the general community.

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Ultimately, some kids develop into sensational athletes and get the opportunity to create real careers playing the game they love. And they get to play that game for their country in the Olympic Games! What an honour.

Here’s some good advice from Rachel Jarry, Dual Olympian and Australian Opal.

School Yard to Sports Star: Rachel Jarry

What are your memories of playing sport at school? Did you play any other sports?

I remember playing many different sports at school. I always loved being part of a team and playing with friends. As well as basketball I played netball, softball, newcombe/volleyball, AFL and lacrosse. There were probably more that I’m forgetting!

How did you get started in the sport of basketball?

I started playing at school and then my Mum started a domestic club out of my primary school so some other friends and I could play. My first team was an Under 8 mixed team where the boys on my team played ‘keepings off’ with the girls! Fair to say I learnt to play defence pretty quickly so I could get the ball back off my own team mates.

When did you realise that you could compete at the highest level?

I always had that goal and once I was in my late teens I realised it was a possibility. However, I probably never really believed I would until I actually got the call up to the Opals squad at age 19.

What was it like being selected for the Australian squad at such a young age with many older team mates?

It was a bit intimidating but also very humbling. I had played for the Bulleen Boomers in the WNBL with some amazing veteran team mates so I knew how valuable learning from experienced players would be. The older Opals girls really helped me find my feet and were always so supportive. I’m very grateful for the team mates I had as they made me feel so comfortable in a very intense environment.

What are your top 3 tips to children about playing sport?

  1. Play a range of different sports. It’s fun to try different things and you might find something you like that you wouldn’t expect!
  2. Always have good sportsmanship. Whether you win or lose, make sure you shake your opponent’s hand and thank the referees.
  3. Enjoy yourself! Sport is fun and you should always be having a good time.

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So from that humble asphalt school yard court in suburban or country Victoria, the sprung timber sports flooring of Olympic competition awaits every five year old who starts to play the beautiful game of Basketball.

Whether it’s a huge stadium in Tokyo in 2020 in front of an audience of millions or simply that new court at the Geelong Special School on a Saturday afternoon – play the game – Basketball – and enjoy it.

Nellakir – champion competition sports flooring – where champions are made.

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