Vic Country basketball increases investment in young athletes and the Echuca Moama Region
Feature Image – From left, Campaspe Shire Mayor Leigh Wilson, BVC Basketball Development Officer Megan Moody and BVC Participation Officer Craig Hockley. Photo: McPherson Media Group.
Manager of Basketball Victoria Country, David Huxtable joined with the Mayor of Campaspe, Leigh Wilson, to officially launch the 2016 BVC Echuca Jamboree on Tuesday at the Campaspe Shire Offices.
The Jamboree is a basketball development program operated by BVC that focuses attention on the U12 athlete, young coaches and up-and-coming young referees.
“The Jamboree concept was originally developed in Europe bringing young emerging basketballers together for a program of on court and off court activities.” David said. “The Jamboree is all about enjoyment and BVC work hard to provide each athlete with a great basketball experience.”
Craig Hockley, BVC’s Participation Coordinator said. “240 young male and female athletes will be chosen from the 2016 U12 Skills Days to attend this major event. This is a significant increase from previous years and another example of BVC’s investment in developing young basketballers.”
The BVC Skills Days are conducted in 8 Regional Centres on the 23 and 24 July and will see nearly 1,000 U12 athletes put through the skills program developed by BVC.
Also present at the launch were Echuca Basketball Association President, Felicity Hutton and BVC Basketball Development Officer, Megan Moody. “This event is an important event for the Stadium, Association and the town.” Megan stated. “The Echuca Stadium and Echuca Basketball Association have had a long-term partnership with BVC and we are delighted that they have chosen to further develop that partnership and increase the numbers that attend this event.” President of the Association, Felicity Hutton added.
The Echuca Basketball Association also benefits from a partnership with BVC and provides important assistance in running this event.
BVC’s Referee Development Officer, Karin Berrysmith was also on hand at the launch and said that the Echuca event was an important pathway for developing the next elite level referees.
“Victorian Basketball is recognised for our pathways and our commitment to developing referees.” Karin said. “We have a significant plan to continue to develop grass roots basketball and that includes the recruitment, retention and development of referees as well as providing opportunities to enter the elite referee pathways.”
With more players, more coaches and more games, the event will provide more opportunities for referees to expand on their knowledge and experience.
“BVC has again made a financial contribution to providing referee scholarships for this event and the referees will receive on court and off court education from experienced Vic Country Referee Educators.
The event has a positive economic benefit to the Echuca Moama area with all areas such as accommodation, catering, retails shops and tourist attractions receiving that benefit.
“BVC strongly believe in developing partnerships with Local Government and both Campaspe Shire and the newly amalgamated Murray River Shire have been supporters of basketball in this area and this event.” David concluded.
Craig Hockley also recognised the sponsorship support provided to BVC. “This event is not possible without the support of BVC’s Commercial Partners, Molten and Champion Apparel.”
All athletes, team staff, officials and BVC staff will be accommodated locally with the event to be conducted over 4 days from Saturday 17 September to Tuesday 20 September 2016.
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