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Camp provides youngsters hours of basketball fun

THE Basketball Tasmania (BTAS) Macca’s On Your Team Basketball Camp was held throughout the school holidays, with young basketballers getting the opportunity to develop new skills and participate in a team environment.

Held at the Elizabeth College gymnasium in late January, girls and boys were taught the fundamentals of basketball through a number of fun activities and drills.

Basketball Tasmania southern development officer Nic Martin said it was the association’s biggest camp yet, with 75 kids attending.

“It was a fantastic turn out and the feedback we received was really positive,” he said.

“We use the camps as an entry point into our development pathway, so we hope to get a lot of people to them who haven’t played before.

“We hope they come along, have a really good time and then choose to play basketball in the long term.”

Mr Martin said the main themes of the camp were teamwork and enjoyment.

“There’s a lot of teamwork and team building stuff that happens where the kids get to know other kids and make new friends and have a really good time,” he said.

“It’s also about teaching the fundamental side of the game where we go through the basics of dribbling, passing and shooting, which we teach in a fun game-based environment.”

For this camp, Tasmanian basketball legend Anthony Stewart acted as head coach, with Basketball Tasmania high performance athletes Chloe Kitto and Luke Brown also helping the boys and girls develop their skills.

“The kids absolutely loved having [Anthony Stewart] there and having those older junior athletes there who they can look up to as role models – it was definitely a really fun aspect of the camp,” Mr Martin said.

Mr Martin said he was proud of the growth and development of the camps since its inaugural year in 2019 and was excited to build on the success in 2020.

“The kids had a really fun time and all left with massive smiles on their faces,” he said.

“We saw a lot of kids from 2019 come back, which is a really good indicator that they have a fun time at these camps and want to come back.”

Basketball has emerged as one of the highest participated and fastest growing sports in the state.

Further BTAS Macca’s On Your Team Basketball Camps will be held in April, July and October.

For more information, visit www.basketballtasmania.com.au/play.

Caption: School students got the chance to develop new skills at Basketball Tasmania’s Macca’s On Your Team Basketball Camp.

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