Gippsland Participation and Elite Pathways Plan announced

Basketball Victoria and GippSport have completed the Gippsland Participation and Elite Pathways Plan (GPEPP), funded by the Latrobe Valley Authority. 

The plan, created in coordination with the Latrobe Valley Authority and GippSport, aims to nurture basketballers, their families and volunteers to stay in Gippsland and participate in the high-quality range of programs, events and coaching on offer at local associations and clubs. This will create economic benefit for Gippsland and reduces travel and burn out to increase the retention of players and volunteers. 

Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said the GPEPP enables Gippsland basketball associations and clubs to work together to ensure their future and maintain participation number throughout the region. 

“Gippsland has produced a number of incredible basketball athletes over the years and we want to ensure the next generation has the same chance to shine at the highest level,” Honey said. “It is critical to have pathways to strive for in grassroots basketball and we need to ensure this can happen in Gippsland for the region’s 10,000 basketball players of all ages. 

“This proactive plan will help address critical issues within the Gippsland sporting landscape to help administrators and volunteers achieve more with their time and resources for best practice outcomes. 

“We’d like to thank the Latrobe Valley Authority and GippSport for supporting the development of this plan and helping to safeguard the future of Gippsland basketball.” 

Basketball Victoria General Manager – Member and Community Services David Huxtable said the project was bought into by the entire region and will help deliver elite pathways and opportunities for all Gippsland baskeball associations, clubs and players. 

“This is one of the more comprehensive reviews of an elite team pathway that I have seen, the consultation with the local community was excellent along with the buy in by the passionate basketball community,” Huxtable said. “The next step is to work through the implementation plan and bring all associations together to deliver the outcomes.” 

Latrobe Valley Authority CEO Karen Cain said the partnership with Basketball Victoria was an exciting one and will help to further enhance the region’s basketball community and ability for players to compete at all levels of competition. 

“We’re extremely pleased to partner with Basketball Victoria to develop a strategic plan for the future of basketball in our region – supporting the development of elite pathways for our local talent right here in Gippsland,” Cain said. “This partnership further complements our work with both local and professional sporting organisations, as well as major infrastructure projects such as the new Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium which is helping to attract major events and associated community activations. 

“The culmination of all this work is creating improved opportunities for our local basketballers.” 

The purpose of the final report is to document the Strategic Vision and key actions to drive implementation for the Gippsland Basketball Participation and Elite Pathways Plan. The Issues and Opportunities Paper and supporting documentation are available below outlining all of the previous work undertaken.  

The plan recommends the formation of an independent Gippsland Basketball Board. The current Combined Gippsland Basketball Incorporation could be updated to reflect the broader vision for the organisation in the future. 

Critical elements include: 

  • Ensuring that all of Gippsland is considered as part of planning, programs and support services offered 
  • Efficiency in the sharing of resources, expertise, funding opportunities, new program offerings and administration services 
  • Negotiating corporate partners across the region as well as contract negotiations for services can also be delivered 

The Senior State Representative League – Big V, has previously been the identified pathway for Gippsland with varying degrees of success over the years. This strategy has established strong community support for a return to this level of competition with a clear financial strategy and development program needed to ensure Gippsland players are ready for these teams and the program ensures success. There are also opportunities to be explored in regards to a corporate partnership with national level, Melbourne-based, elite clubs that connect with Gippsland. 

For more information on the project contact Project Manager and Basketball Victoria Development Officer – Jodie Harlow at 

Please click the links below to read the main report as well as the appendixes to support the report.

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