STADIUM SNIPPETS with Neil Goffet

STADIUM SNIPPETS with Neil Goffet

  • Our Basketball Community Foundation has begun assisting kids with access to this great sport by approving the first allocation of funding grants.
  • The McDonald’s Winter Junior Club Competition has reached record numbers following a 40% increase in participation after we lowered the cost by up to $100 per child.
  • This significant cost reduction was achieved courtesy of a new funding model where the association manages the revenue, the same as almost every basketball association in NSW.
  • A huge THANK YOU to Hunter Sports High School for allowing us to play competition matches on their courts.
  • Our Mini Hoops, Aussie Hoops and Sporting Schools programs are developing the sport at record levels in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens.
  • Unfortunately, we are not offering a second Academy program in 2021 as we take time to reset and provide a better model in 2022.
  • Our new stadium is forging ahead despite being hit with a significant roadblock in the form of a traffic issue surrounding the Newcastle Inner-City By-Pass at Hillsborough.
  • Thank you to directors Dave Shanley and Greg Fenwick for volunteering their time to assist me on the new $25 million stadium.
  • It is with great pleasure that we welcome former professional player and long-serving Newcastle junior coach Chris Brown to the Board of Directors of the association.
  • We all wish our home-grown superstar Katie-Rae Ebzery the very best of luck in her second Olympic Games campaign in Tokyo.
  • Katie is the 15th Novocastrian to play basketball for Australia and joins an elite list of Suzy Batkovic (three), Jennifer Screen (two) and the late John Gardiner (two) as a multiple Olympian.