Victoria is the heart of basketball in Australia with more than 50 per cent of participants registered in our state.
With close to 8,000 people hitting the basketball courts each week in the Hume area, growing areas like Broadmeadows are leading the charge and are the perfect place to nurture future champions.
Broadmeadows is one of seven locations set to host Basketball Victoria’s high-performance hubs around the state, along with Geelong’s Arena, Werribee’s Eagle Stadium, Ballarat’s Sports and Entertainment Centre, the Bendigo Schweppes Centre, Shepparton Basketball Stadium, and Traralgon Basketball Stadium.
Over the coming months, each hub will deliver a comprehensive, innovative and elite development program for talented basketballers, a platform to prepare athletes to represent Australia and gain selection to play in the NBL, WNBL and USA college basketball and a holistic program aimed at producing better people, as well as better athletes.
Basketball Victoria will also independently establish an additional three hubs at the State Basketball Centre, Melbourne Sport and Aquatic Centre, and Casey Stadium.
Basketball Victoria’s Intensive Training Program will operate out of each of the hubs with a full-time high-performance coach overseeing the program and a full-time coach appointed to each of the hubs.
The investment is part of the Government’s commitment to the Victoria: The Basketball Capital of Australia package.
The Victorian Government’s $101 million commitment to basketball also includes:
- $82 million to redevelop the State Basketball Centre
- $13 million for upgrades to Melbourne Arena
- $1 million to build a business case for the construction of a new arena at the State Basketball Centre.
This investment in basketball comes off the announcement last week of a $13 million Rugby League Centre of Excellence for Broadmeadow’s Seabrook Reserve.