More than 800 local Bayside residents have to leave the local government area to play competitive basketball due to a lack of competition facilities for the sport, according to figures from Basketball NSW.
St George Basketball Association director Kate Joveski told Bayside Council last month there was an urgent need for young people to have more access to local basketball courts.
“The association has 1,000 playing members but we have to turn teams away due to lack of competition facilities,” she said.
Ms. Joveski was encouraging councilors to support a notice of motion from councilor Paul Sedrak calling on council to investigate potential sites for indoor and outdoor basketball courts in the local government area.
“Basketball is Australia’s second fastest growing sport, and with the success of the Australian men’s team at the Tokyo Olympics, and with the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup taking place in Sydney in September of this year, growth is expected to increase further,” Ms Joveski said.
“Watching the young players in our association struggle over the past two years with not being able to play competitively or even practice their skills, it has highlighted the need for more basketball spaces in our community. , both indoors and outdoors.
“There are over 14 football pitches in the region, and only three Council half pitches and one full pitch in the entire LGA.
“These are Garnet Reserve (half court), Grace Campbell Reserve (half court), Booralee Park (full court), L’Estrange Park (half court shooting circle).
“As part of St George’s basketball development programs, we actively encourage young players to take every opportunity to train, wherever they can. But without local spaces to do so, they cannot practice as often or as thoroughly as they would like.”
Cr Sedrak said current basketball facilities in the area are limited but include St George PCYC with limited space, indoor court, outdoor half court.
“Arncliffe Youth Center is a new facility, two indoor courts with Pulastic 2000 synthetic sports flooring on both courts with a ‘Curry Court’ overlay on one,” he said.
“Unfortunately, the preferred surfaces for competitive basketball are also not and serve a multi-sport function rather than sport-specific needs.
“The Hogben Park outdoor half-pitch in Kogarah within the Georges River Council LGA is a full outdoor concrete pitch and given that it is always overflowing with players, it is obvious that more space is needed.
“As a first step in creating a recreational footprint for basketball at Bayside, this Notice of Motion will propose to initially focus on outdoor facilities with the intent that this early work then inform future investigations of indoor facilities. potential.”
Cr Sedrak said that a basketball court would cost much less than a football court.
“When the council builds a football pitch, why doesn’t it also have a half basketball pitch at the end?” he said.
“We have to go to Botany or Kogarah to play basketball. We should be able to play it here as well.”
Cr Sedrak’s motion, seconded by the Deputy Mayor, Cr Scott Morrissey and seconded by Council, asked:
– the board re-presents the map identifying all existing and proposed basketball venues in the LGA;
– provide a non-site specific cost estimate for full and half size outdoor basketball courts in the LGA for future reference;
– identify potential new sites for full-size and half-size outdoor basketball courts, to support the prioritization of new facilities when funding sources are available;
– identify future funding opportunities.
The council must provide a report by July on the results of the investigations.