Hungry Jack's NBL
Funding boost for Basketball in Victoria
The NBL welcomes the announcement this week that new indoor sports stadiums will be built across suburban Melbourne and regional Victoria, and others upgraded, as part of a $22 million budget boost. NBL General Manager Jeremy Loeliger said the announcement highlighted the growth and popularity of basketball in Victoria, and across Australia, and the ever increasing need for better infrastructure to support the grassroots development of the sport. “We work closely with Basketball Australia and Basketball Victoria in relation to the grassroots development of basketball and we will continue to strengthen our support of their programs and initiatives moving forward.” “This announcement is fantastic news for basketball and we thank Minister Eren and his Government for their support of basketball. The more facilities we have and better facilities we have, the more kids and adults can enjoy our great sport and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.” Victoria is the sporting capital of Australia, with the highest sports participation rates in the country. Indoor stadiums are at the heart of our suburbs and towns, with nearly 450,000 Victorians participating in sports like netball or basketball every week. Minister for Sport, John Eren said “There’s not enough court space in Victoria for the record numbers playing basketball and netball, but we’re changing that. We don’t want young players having to take to the court late at night just so they can have a game.” “Indoor stadiums aren’t just a hive of activity at weekends, they’re where Victorians of all ages and all abilities get together after school or work to keep fit.” “We’re Australia’s sporting capital, and it’s no accident. Community sport is the heart of our suburbs and towns, and we’re upgrading our facilities to help our clubs and our players grow.” Basketball Victoria’s CEO, Nick Honey was also delighted with the announcement. “Grass roots Basketball in Victoria is booming. The growth is fantastic but we have been faced with a glass ceiling that has proven a huge barrier for the sport. Growth has resulted in a lack of courts for people to play on within pockets of metro Melbourne and regional Victoria. It is not an uncommon practice for Victorian Basketball Associations to place teams or players on waiting lists for competitions. Current infrastructure simply cannot keep up with the demand for the sport at local level and players are being put on waiting lists.” Nick said. The State Government’s announcement said regional Victoria was home to some of the state’s top football and netball leagues – and our biggest stars – and they deserve top class facilities. Further investment into grassroots sport and sporting infrastructure will be included in the Budget next week. The 2016/17 Victorian Budget includes:
- $22 million for the Better Indoor Stadiums Fund to build and upgrade multi-use stadiums, meaning more basketball, netball and volleyball players will be able to take to the court where they want – and when they want.
- $8 million to continue the popular Country Football Netball Program, which will help regional clubs build new facilities, install lights and complete ground or court resurfacing.