Continued support

Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron promised $150,000 over three years to keep a reduced version of Ignite afloat.

Every Saturday night for a year, the free program let at-risk teenagers gain formal coaching qualifications, access mentors and compete.

It won the WA Government Child Safety Award and launched a team in the Perth Redbacks domestic under-14s league.

After it lost Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) funding in May, the City of Armadale proposed an interim plan to DSR and other sponsor Healthway for a smaller program.

The department gave $10,000 for Ignite to run monthly until December.

However, Healthway withdrew its offer of $99,000 over three years.

Mr Waldron said in Parliament he had now chosen to continue funding Ignite through DSR, which would keep working with the City to secure more funding.

‘Ignite Basketball is actually brilliant’