IT was a slam dunk for schools and community groups around Tasmania following news of a new $250,000 State Government funding agreement with Basketball Tasmania.
The funding will be provided to each of Tasmania’s South-East Australian Basketball League clubs to assist them with continuing or establishing clinics to inspire young people to get out on their school and community courts and be active.
The clubs involved across Tasmania are the Hobart Chargers, the Launceston Tornadoes and the North West Thunder.
Hobart Chargers president David Bartlett said the announcement represented a major milestone in the club’s operations and confirmed a solid and sustainable future for the Telstra Hobart Chargers.
“This support from the State Government will mean that in 2017 alone, more than 8000 southern Tasmanian school aged children will get to attend a clinic with top flight professional basketball players and coaches from the Hobart Chargers,” he said.
“This funding not only secures the future of our extensive community programs, but also effectively secures the future of the club.
“With all these additional children getting exposed to basketball every year, we believe we will see that flow through to a massive fan base for the future, which in turn will significantly boost our claims to a Tasmanian spot in the National Basketball League.”
Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer made the announcement at New Town Primary School, where she joined with students shooting hoops against Hobart Chargers players and coach Anthony Stewart.
“Basketball is a high participation sport in Tasmania, with more than 10,300 registered players and this agreement will further increase grassroots participation for local schools and community groups, as well as promote healthier communities,” Ms Archer said.
Mr Bartlett said Ms Archer had been “instrumental” in helping the club navigate government to secure the funding.
“The club wished to gratefully acknowledge her hard work and ongoing support,” he said.
Caption: Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer with Hobart Charger’s president David Bartlett, second from right, coach Anthony Stewart, Rex the Rhino and New Town Primary students, from left, Shanayah Tonner, Anisah Johnson, William Hickey and Solomon Sisay.