THE specialist basketball program at Kennedy Baptist College received a big boost when the school officially unveiled its brand new $3.6 million sports centre on Wednesday.
Boasting two full size indoor basketball courts, complete with NBL standard sprung flooring, the centre also includes a gymnasium, showers and changing rooms and office space for the physical education department.
Half of the cost was met by a Federal Government grant and a low-rate loan from the State Government, with the school paying the remainder.
Kennedy Baptist College principal Mark Ashby said there were more than 120 students in the specialist basketball program from years 7 to 12.
“Prior to this we didn’t have any indoor courts, so the new sports centre will complement the basketball program hugely,” he said.
“We’ll also be able to use the courts for interschool volleyball and netball and we’re looking at offering fitness programs for staff and students in the new gym, which has treadmills, spin bikes, rowing machines and cross trainers among other equipment.”
Mr Ashby said the school’s strong basketball culture stemmed partly from the nearby Lakeside Recreation Centre, home of State Basketball League side Lakeside Lightning.
“Basketball has always been a popular sport because a lot of our students are also involved with Lakeside but we also offer a specialist cricket program as well,” he said.