Community funds take a slam dunk
The Selwyn Hawks Basketball club is taking flight thanks to the Selwyn Community Fund.
This fund supports local community groups and organisations holding events and activities that promote participation in physical activity across all ages and connecting members of the community.
Basketball participation has risen over the last few years resulting in the need for a basketball club in Selwyn.
The Selwyn Hawks launched in 2018 and in their first year, four Selwyn teams played in the Canterbury Basketball Association winter competition, in which the Under 15 A team took home a winning title.
The club grew rapidly entering nine teams in the 2019 CBA winter competition.
The fund has allowed the Selwyn Hawks to continue their passion for basketball offering basketball skill development programmes and tournaments for Selwyn youth with over 630 children taking part in 2019.
"This funding has enabled us to secure the services of a very experienced programmes co-ordinator, Aled Jones,” Selwyn Hawks programmes manager Shanon Cummings said.
Mr Jones has been involved with playing and coaching basketball to a national level and is running several programmes and tournaments for the Selwyn Hawks.
“The community has benefitted by The Selwyn Hawks being able to find and retain a highly skilled, knowledgeable and passionate basketballer,” Mr Cummings said.
The skills development programme ‘Hoops’ runs for eight weeks during the school term and is held at three Selwyn venues; Rolleston Community Centre, Lincoln Events Centre and West Melton Community Centre.
This after-school programme enables beginners to improve their basketball skills and since it started, there has been a high number of re-enrolments.
Last year, the Selwyn Hawks organised an inter-school tournament supported by the fund.
The tournament had children in year three and four put into 16 different school teams that competed in term one and four, and during term two and three, 32 teams competed in a tournament for children year five and six, seven and eight.