The West Adelaide Basketball Club has been granted a 2021-22 State Government Infrastructure project grant to increase basketball training facilities and build a 3×3 show court.
The State Government announced the recent round of Community Recreation and Sports Facilities Program Infrastructure funding awarding the West Adelaide Basketball Club $89,400. The grant will be used to covert three squash to create a 3×3 basketball court and training facilities at the Port Adelaide Recreation Centre.
The new training space will have fully sprung floors and five backboards and will also be able to be used as a full-sized 3×3 court, complete with game clock and score bench.
The project will almost double the number of hoops within the stadium (from 6 to 11) allowing the club to conduct more training in-house instead of at external venues, and also increase and improve their program offerings including:
- accelerating development of a 3×3 basketball program (Commonwealth/Olympic sport)
- conducting more regular come and try and other ‘starter’ sessions at the club
- conducting intensive shooting training for existing players with immediate video review
- providing fitness and participation opportunities for parents and pre-school aged children on weekday mornings, school sports, and birthday parties and other events on weekend afternoons/evenings.
“The Club would like to thank Corey Wingard and the State Government for their support, which will cover half the cost of the conversion and help take it from dream to reality.
“We now look forward to engaging with local business partners to deliver the project, which we hope to have completed by the end of 2022,” said West Adelaide Basketball Club President, Geoff Dodd.
“We’re thrilled that the State Government continues to support the development of grassroots basketball in SA. The West Adelaide grant is a huge opportunity to develop the club’s offerings and grow our sport in the west.
“With the support of the State Government, coupled with continued growth in community facilities ensures that basketball continues to be strong in SA,” said Basketball SA CEO, Phil Sinnott.
Other recent State Government funding:
- Willunga Recreation Park – sprung floor $150k
- PAFC – 2 basketball courts $1.5M
- Murray Bridge Council – 3x basketball courts $1.5M
- Blackwood Rec Centre – resurface 2x basketball courts $21,700
- City West Torrens 3×3 outdoor courts $45,000
- Reynella East College (LED scoreboards for new stadium) $40,200
- Berri Barmera Council – air conditioning Berri stadium $142,600