WITH role models including the Cockburn Cougars women and Perth Lynx, young girls choosing to play basketball can really reach for the stars in the increasingly popular sport.
As a new season gets underway this week, the Cockburn Basketball Association (CBA) are eager to dispel the myth that basketball is for boys, urging more young local girls to give the fun, energetic sport a go.
CBA junior competition director Melanie Van Lit said there was never a better time for girls to play basketball, especially with some great role models hanging around the Hamilton Hill stadium.
“We engage with the Perth Lynx, they train at CBA, do clinics for us and we’ve had domestic teams play at half time of their WNBL games,” she said.
“Our SBL women’s team is always looking to engage with our junior players and most of our team grew up playing basketball in our junior competition.
“Girls need to feel they belong and team sports can allow them to feel this, there are social benefits, it keeps them active and teaches them, commitment, loyalty and how to work in a team.”
Operations manager Graeme Pratt said there was a range of programs on offer for girls ranging in age from three up to adults.
“We have just employed a new community development officer to conduct clinics in local schools, we offer free clinics on Tuesday for under 10 girls and the Perth Lynx train at Wally Hagan Stadium and invite members of the public to watch,” he said.
“We have the Cougar Cubs program for three to five year olds, Aussie Hoops for five to 10 year olds and the junior competition for under-10s through to under 18s.
“We encourage anyone interested to come down and have a go.”
For more information, call Cockburn Basketball Association on 9335 9101 or email email@example.com.
CBA’s local Aussie Hoops programs
Attadale PS: Fridays from 3.20pm
Bibra Lake PS: Wednesdays from 2.40pm
Caralee Community School: Thursdays from 3pm
Richmond PS: Tuesdays from 3.10pm
Wally Hagan Stadium: Mondays from 4pm, Saturdays from 10am
Free under-10 girls’ clinic
Wally Hagan Stadium: Tuesdays from 3.30pm