VICTORIA Country basketball’s investment in young athletes and the Echuca Moama region is set to continue
Basketball Victoria Country manager David Huxtable joined with Campaspe Shire Mayor Adrian Weston to officially launch the 2017 BVC Jamboree on Tuesday at the Campaspe Shire Offices.
The Jamboree is a basketball development program operated by BVC that focuses attention on the U12 athletes, young coaches and up-and-coming young referees.
“The Jamboree concept was originally developed in Europe bringing young emerging basketballers together for a program of on court and off court activities,” Huxtable said. “The Jamboree is all about enjoyment and BVC work hard to provide each athlete with a great basketball experience.”
The BVC Skills Days are conducted in nine regional centres and saw nearly 1,000 U12 athletes put through the skills program.
“240 young male and female athletes have been chosen from the 2017 U12 Skills Days to attend this major event,” BVC Participation Coordinator Craig Hockley said. “The number of participants at skills days continues to increase and is another example of BVC’s investment in developing young basketballers.”
Echuca Basketball Association president Felicity Hutton was thrilled to see the Jamboree return to the region again as it generated so much positivity throughout the basketball community.
“This event is an important event for the stadium, association and the town.” Hutton said.
“Victorian Basketball is recognised for our pathways and our commitment to developing referees,” Hockley added. “We have a significant plan to continue to develop grassroots basketball and that includes the recruitment, retention and development of referees as well as providing opportunities to enter the elite referee pathways.”
With more players, coaches and games, the event will provide additional opportunities for referees to expand on their knowledge and experience.
“BVC has again made a financial contribution to providing referee scholarships for this event and the referees will receive on and off court education from experienced Vic Country referee educators,” Huxtable said.
The event has a positive economic benefit to the Echuca-Moama area with all areas such as accommodation, catering, retails shops and tourist attractions receiving a significant boost.
“BVC strongly believe in developing partnerships with Local Government and both Campaspe Shire and Murray River Shire have been supporters of basketball in this area and this event,” Huxtable concluded.
Craig Hockley also recognised the sponsorship support provided to BVC.
“This event is not possible without the support of BVC’s commercial partners – Molten, Champion Apparel and joining us this year is Ultimate Sports Enterprises,” Hockley said.
Brian Harvey from Ultimate Sports Enterprises has been a long-time supporter of basketball in Victoria and this year has partnered with Basketball Victoria Country.
Ultimate provides a complete package when caring for and developing basketball stadiums, specialising in resurfacing timber basketball floors.
All athletes, team staff, officials and BVC staff will be accommodated locally across the four-day event held from Saturday 23 September to Tuesday 26 September.