McKinnon unlocks ‘The Cage’

McKinnon Basketball Association has unveiled its next venture ‘The Cage’ ahead of Victoria’s highly-anticipated easing of restrictions.

The association announced the launch of The Cage on Tuesday, a temporary four-ring outdoor basketball facility in Moorabbinpartnering with 3x3Hustle and Morris Moor. 

This facility will be exclusive to McKinnon’s basketball community and will house two 3×3 halfcourts and four basketball ringsThe Cage can host up to 40 people per session to participate in various development programs and competitions while indoor sport is not currently available.

McKinnon’s General Manager Anita Ledger said with the current environment constantly changing, her primary focus for the return of sport is to ensure there is something on offer to engage everyone within the association.

“2020 has certainly been a challenging year for McKinnon Basketball Association and all sporting communities,” Ledger saidMcKinnon’s priority during lockdown was to prepare and be ready to launch the right plan to coincide with the State Government’s evolving roadmap.

“With no ‘facility to call home’McKinnon Basketball has always been at a disadvantage, grappling to find court space for this ever-growing sport, however COVID-19 has enabled us to re-focus turning a negative into a positive, developing a creative and innovative return to sport plan.

McKinnon outlined their Return to Play Plan back in October. The Premier’s announcements this weekend now allows McKinnon to move forward with this planProvided Victoria’s COVID-19 case average stays low, McKinnon will commence activities at this new facility from November.

‘The Cage’ will offer a range of exciting programs that align with the Victorian Government’s Third Step in the roadmap, focusing on participation, fun, flexibility, cost-effectiveness and a safe return to the court.

Representative training, Aussie Hoops, All Abilities and shoot-around sessions for those 19 years and over, are just some of the programs to be offered at ‘The Cage’.   

We are acutely aware of the impact the extended break from sport has had on many of our members over the eight-month break – inactivity due to limited access to space, equipment and the self-motivation to do ‘another zoom’ session,” Ledger said. 

“McKinnon’s COVID-safe training sessions and academies will focus on low intensity, fitness, strength and conditioning and basketball movement, while 3x3Hustle will be the perfect format to ease back into basketball safely while also providing a return to basketball for our many referees.”

One event the basketball association is hopeful to run is their first-ever 3×3 Street Hustle at ‘The Cage’, with McKinnon planning to host this event over four weekends commencing 7 November.  

“A carnival atmosphere is planned, with music and prizes at all sessions making ‘The Cage’ concept more than just a space to train and play,” Ledger said. “It will be an entire experience to reconnect our basketball community and something for them to be proud to come back to after so many months away”. 

All sessions will require registration and will be capped according to McKinnon Basketball Association’s COVIDSAFE Return to Play plans. 

For further updates and information about McKinnon Basketball’s Return to Play Plan, you can visit their website.  

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