Newcastle Middle School

“Newcastle Middle School is a specialised school catering for students with intellectual and physical disability. Our students have participated enthusiastically in basketball skills sessions through the Sporting Schools program. These sessions have been delivered by Newcastle Basketball and have focused on the development of basketball-specific skills. Each week the coaches provide sessions that are challenging yet accessible for our students, as well as providing individual support and coaching. We love our partnership with Newcastle Basketball and look forward to continuing this partnership in the future.”

Jess Stoddard

Classroom Teacher


Soldiers Point Public School

“Just wanted to say thanks to Newcastle Basketball and the coaches that came up to Soldiers Point for the great work. The kids, and teachers, really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. It’s been great to see the number of students playing with the basketballs at lunchtime. I’m sure we’ll be looking to get you back at another time. Thanks to all the coaches, and thanks for the drink bottles for the kids. I walked by many times and was very impressed.”

Peter Nix

Classroom Teacher


St Laurence Flexible Learning Centre

“Just wanted to say the session went great yesterday both Jasmin and Ryan were excellent facilitators so please pass on my thanks to them and we look forward to our next session.”

Dion Reed

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School

“We were very happy with the coaches and the program … Definitely will recommend the program to other schools.”

Danny Antonini
Primary Co-ordinator

Jesmond Public School

“Thank you very much for providing Jesmond Public School with the opportunity to participate in such a fantastic program. The teachers have all been telling me how much their students have loved participating. I know my class has had an absolute ball and when I remind them each Tuesday morning that basketball is on, they always cheer.

“I also wanted to provide feedback on your fantastic instructors, Aneeka and Lewis. They have been professional, knowledgeable and most of all, fantastic with the students.

“It is wonderful to see our students playing basketball during their lunchtime (using our netball hoops) and we are currently in the process of procuring 2 portable basketball hoops for them to continue developing their skills.

“Newcastle Basketball Association should be very proud of the program they have in place.

“Hopefully we will start to see some of our students enrol in some basketball programs at the Stadium in the future.”

David Conway
Classroom Teacher

Hamilton South Public School

“Thanks for the basketball program. All teachers have reported that it was fantastic. The kids have learnt a great deal and enjoyed it all. The coaches were great at not only delivering the program but managing behaviour also.”

Robbie True
Class Teacher/Sports Coordinator


“It is with great pleasure that we write this testimonial for Cassidy McLean. We’d like to simply state that without her guidance, support and nurture, our son, Xander Thorne, would not be the boy he is today.

“Xander is an 8 Year old boy who has Autism. To look at him, no-one would know, and this sometimes makes life even tougher. Xander has tried many team and individual sports but due to his low processing speeds and lack of social understanding he has not had many successes. Xander wanted to try basketball as several of his peers were playing. As a family we decided to give Aussie Hoops a try. Within minutes on the first day, Xander had left the court and attempted to flee the stadium; noise and too many people being the main causes. Cassidy saw this happening and spoke to Xander and his mother on their return to the court, encouraging Xander to give it another go. Little did we know this was the start of a special relationship that would give a young boy courage and a tired family a new and exciting way to enjoy each other’s company.

“Xander now plays in a team, something that as parents we always wanted for him. Words cannot express our gratitude for what Cassidy has given our boy and our family.  Her willingness and capacity to share her skills in a nurturing and friendly way have seen him overcome adversity to build his confidence and understanding of the game.”

Teleah and Steven Thorne