As part of the City of Armadale’s long-term vision for the at-risk youth program, the team have now become part of the mainstream.
Ignite’s second competitive team, the Ignite Tigers, are now also competing in the domestic league.
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said the young people had earned the right to be in Ignite and its success showed the initiative’s value.
‘Aside from the fitness benefits, the program has embedded skills such as team work, leadership and conflict resolution, which these young people will use in their daily lives,’ he said.
Ignite Basketball gets at-risk youth involved in sport and personal development in a safe and positive environment and provides opportunities for them to gain qualifications in coaching, refereeing and administration.
It began as a weekly program but funding problems mean it is now operating once a month on Saturday nights with interim funding through the Department of Sport and Recreation.
For more information on Ignite call 9399 0462 or visit www.face book.com/ignite basketball