Youth get head start in game of life

Brad Robbins and staff from the City of Swan and Jetstar with players selected for the program’s Singapore competition.
Brad Robbins and staff from the City of Swan and Jetstar with players selected for the program’s Singapore competition.

It also provides young people with opportunities to learn valuable life skills through nightly workshops, to establish connections with local volunteers, police and other service providers to enjoy a safe, structured atmosphere where positive behaviour is rewarded.

Night Hoops tournament participants are also given a meal and provided with transport to and from games.

Night Hoops organisers believe every young person should have access to safe, positive, and fun options on weekend nights.

The Night Hoops program is being developed by a working group including Nature Play CEO and experienced basketball program manager Griffin Longley, former Perth Wildcat captain and manager of the Fremantle PCYC Streetball program Brad Robbins, City of Swan Youth Worker John Mogridge, and WA Football Commission district manager Isaac Stewart, supported by the WA Police, volunteers and professionals offering their time on a pro-bono basis.

The players come from many backgrounds, including those who are at risk and significantly disadvantaged.

The Perth-based charity was awarded a Flying Start grant made up of $15,000 in cash and $15,000 in Jetstar sponsorship for a six-day cultural tour of Singapore for 10 of the program�s most promising Aboriginal players.

There were five players selected from Midland for their ball skills, leadership qualities, resilience and overall enthusiasm.

The Night Hoops team will go head-to-head in a series of basketball games against some of the best teams in South-East Asia.

Night Hoops Tournament manager and former Perth Wildcats captain Brad Robbins said the trip would be a life-changing opportunity for the young men.

�There is something absolutely transformative about experiencing the world beyond your doorstep,� Robbins said.