Basketball Victoria update: Management Restructure

The following is an update from Basketball Victoria regarding our Management Restructure and Departmental Realignment.

Following a Board endorsed internal review, Basketball Victoria has undertaken a management restructure and departmental realignment to assist in delivering greater services to associations, to create internal efficiencies and to enhance pathway and league delivery, as well as sport promotion.

As part of the internal realignment, three new departments were formed to accommodate the needs of the community and the organisation – High Performance/Pathways, Member and Community Services as well as Leagues and Competitions.

High Performance/Pathways, led by newly appointed General Manager Grant Wallace, will continue to deliver existing programs and pathways across the state with 10 High-Performance Hubs enabling greater opportunities for the State Development Program. It won’t matter if you are from Knox or Echuca, all athletes will be given the same opportunity to make it to the top level, with consistent coaching instruction and philosophies strengthening Victoria’s development pathways across the state.

Led by General Manager David Huxtable, Member and Community Services will deliver increased focus on member support and grassroots basketball for Victoria’s 161 associations and 500 clubs. An immediate priority will be on a Return to Sport plan and offering further assistance with business continuity after the impacts of COVID-19. This department will include coach education, grassroots programs such as Aussie Hoops and will also oversee the Inclusion and Diversity team. Basketball Development Officers in regional areas will continue in their roles in growing the game in country Victoria.

Leagues and Competitions will combine the resourcing of our four leagues – NBL1, Big V, CBL and VJBL – as well as all Victorian Championships, tournaments, 3×3, school competitions and Technical Officials – under the leadership of General Manager – Dean Anglin. This department will enable the sharing of capabilities and expertise and through greater collaboration, will deliver better basketball tournaments, leagues and events.

BV will also continue to maintain investment in communications and digital support, continuing the success and roll-out of PlayHQ and the Digital Transformation Project, as well as continue the production and delivery of great basketball content that will continue to promote the sport.

“We’re proud of the ongoing efforts of Basketball Victoria staff as well as the collaboration amongst our associations and community during the COVID-19 lockdown,” Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said. “This realignment will help Basketball Victoria provide Victorian associations, clubs and participants throughout the state with support and services, while drawing on the expertise and skillsets of all staff across our organisation.

“We recognise the challenges our associations and clubs have faced this year, so we have established a Member and Community Services department. This department will work closely with our associations and clubs throughout the state, as we return to conducting our sport under a new ‘COVID Normal’ environment across the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.

“Players and coaches across the state will have greater opportunity through our five regional and five metropolitan High-Performance Hubs, while still being able to represent Victoria Country or Victoria Metropolitan respectively and continuing to be part of our nationally recognised pathway programs, teams and events.”

“In addition, shared capabilities and skills will also strengthen our new Leagues and Competitions department to ensure everything we produce of a consistently high standard.”

“We believe that, as a result of our restructure, we will be better placed to serve our member associations and clubs as we navigate our way to reactivation and recovery in 2021 and beyond.”

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