BRINGING our basketball programs to all corners of Victoria, Mallacoota and Cann River are the latest communities to start up their own Hoop Time events.
The program ran on Tuesday 23 May after an enquiry from a Mallacoota P12 College teacher sparked interest in the delivering the program to the eastern border town of 972 people.
Sending two of our Hoop Time Coordinators 500km from Melbourne to run the program and facilitate the day in Mallacoota, our coordinators will also train up someone to run possible days in the future.
So the teacher gauged interest with the local schools and enough interest was formed with the students of Mallacoota P12 College the nearby Cann River P12 College to run a small day at the Mallacoota Main Hall, their beloved one-court venue.
Mallacoota P12 College teacher Jennie Rush said it was a great thrill to see Hoop Time come to eastern Victoria and provide the students with a new avenue to participate in basketball.
“Our aim in Physical Education at Mallacoota P-12, is to help students gain the skills they need to join in various sport and recreation activities to stay fit and healthy – this term we are playing basketball in P.E class and have also started a Friday night basketball competition,” Rush said. “I have fond memories of both participating in Hoop Time and playing basketball as a kid, so I thought why not just see if there is any possibility of running Hoop Time in our area?
“Growing up in Mallacoota our students, especially younger students, have a very limited choice when it comes to competitive team sport.
“Having an event like Hoop Time to participate in was an amazing experience as students were given the opportunity to build new friendships with Cann River students and experience the comradery that comes from team sport.
“They were able to further develop their basketball skills and have a lot of fun while doing it.”
As a landmark event for Basketball Victoria and Regional Eastern Victoria, 10 mixed teams from both schools competed to enjoy all that Hoop Time has to offer; fun, excitement, prizes and the enjoyment of the wonderful sport of basketball.
Rush encouraged other remote and regional Victorian schools to get involved with Hoop Time as the opportunity to engage students, teachers and the community as a whole is invaluable.
“I was surprised just how easy it was to get the program started. Chris and the team at Basketball Victoria were extremely flexible and catered the day to our needs perfectly,” Rush said. “Hoop Time was a fun-filled, healthy community event with many parents and teachers coming along to watch and all the students from both schools supporting and cheering for each other.”
Basketball Victoria School Programs Coordinator Chris Angus said it was fantastic to see Mallacoota and Cann River get involved with Hoop Time as the program can cater for schools from any part of Victoria of any size.
“It is great that Basketball Victoria can support our regional areas through the Hoop Time program,” Angus said. “It is often that these types of requests are put in the ‘too hard basket’ because of the logistics involved, but if we truly are Basketball Victoria, we should invest in these kids as they are Victorians who passionately love the sport.
“It is really exciting to know that Hoop Time continues to spread across the state and what the program provides small communities like Cann River and Mallacoota is some fun and excitement for the kids that they normally wouldn’t receive.
“Whether in metropolitan areas or the furthest reaches of the state, Basketball Victoria and Hoop Time remains an option to everyone and we encourage all schools to contact us about starting up their own region days.”