Basketball Victoria (BV) is pleased to announce a three-year partnership extension with disability employment service provider Echo Australia (Echo).
Echo has been in partnership with Basketball Victoria since 2011 and supports an amazing range of Victorian basketball programs for participants with disability.
The partnership will now include Echo becoming the naming rights partner of our Specialist Schools competition, set to be called the Echo Cup. The Echo Cup is a round-robin competition specifically for secondary school basketball players with a physical or intellectual disability, giving schools a chance to compete against the best in the state and give their students elite sporting opportunities.
Another key initiative of our partnership will be the continuation of Echo’s Sportswork program. With a successful pilot run in 2019, the Sportswork program offers selected participants the opportunity to develop their leadership and basketball skills, building resilience and confidence to explore career pathways and employment. We are in the process of finalising the Sportswork program in 2022 with information set to be released soon for interested students.
Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said Echo’s involvement in Victorian basketball has been resoundingly successful and was pleased to continue the partnership between both organisations.
“We’re excited to extend our partnership with Echo, to deliver inclusive basketball programs to Victorians of all abilities,” Honey said. “Echo has been a fantastic partner for the last 10 years and it recognises the incredible role that sport can play in helping to improve the self-confidence of people with disability.
“All participants are provided the support they need to go after their ambitions and goals, which makes Echo a truly amazing organisation and an impeccable partner for Basketball Victoria.”
Echo CEO Michael Locke said this partnership renewal continues a long and fruitful relationship between the organisations and he looks forward to the continued evolution of the partnership.
“Echo are pleased to deepen our decade long commitment to Basketball Victoria and our local sporting community,” Locke said. “We are proud to partner with a dynamic organisation like Basketball Victoria that demonstrates a strong commitment to the development of inclusive communities.
“Through new and collaborative programs like Sportswork, we’re raising ambition in the next phase of our partnership – to build the capacity of people with disability to provide greater access to sporting and employment opportunities and cultivate stronger connections to community.”
For more information or to express your interest in the Sportswork Program, please click here.