LAST June, a sporting dream was realised.
The newly formed Byford Basketball Association burst onto the scene through the hard work of a group of local residents, giving one of the fastest growing corridors in Australia another option for sport.
Initially getting off the ground with weekly skills sessions attended by 50 players, the new competition grew quickly, expanding to 12 teams catering for under 10s through to under 18s.
The growth didn’t slow and by the end of the 2017 season they had 130 players and 18 teams.
Byford Basketball Association president Trevor Holmes said they were hoping the expansion would continue as they prepared for the start of a new season next month.
“Going into 2018, our Season 1 will run from February 12 to June 30 and Byford Basketball has increased the team numbers to 26 so far,” he said.
“We are working on affiliating Byford Basketball with Basketball WA which will allow us to create pathways for players, referees and coaches while also working with the Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire Sport Recreation representatives to build basketball in Byford.
“The game of basketball is the only game in the world that can be played all year round indoors and it is played on a confined space where all players can be involved.
“Byford Basketball aims to teach players to play, regardless of their ability, and include all members of the community while providing a safe friendly environment that is affordable for all to enjoy.”
The Byford Basketball Association will be holding a registration day on February 5 at the Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Recreation Centre.
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Club: Byford Basketball Association
Location: Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Recreation Centre
Ages: 5 to 18 (born between 2000 and 2010)