Businesses help pull off massive project

Thursday, 28th February, 2013

under 12 players trained on the newly-resurfaced courts this week. under 12 players trained on the newly-resurfaced courts this week.

By Darrin Manuel

The city's basketball courts now boast a world-class surface thanks to the generosity of local businesses.

All three courts at the Sanderson Stadium have been resurfaced to International Basketball Federation (FIBA) standards at a cost of around $20,000.

The work was spearheaded by major sponsor Broken Hill Community Credit Union, with assistance from McDonalds, Totally Workwear, Sumtin Electrical and Broken Hill Tourist Park.

"The Broken Hill Basketball Association is extremely grateful to our local businesses who have supported us in this huge, expensive project," said BHBA President, Grahame Semmens.

"We're very pleased with how the courts have come up after the refurbishment and would like to invite any businesses who may wish to become a sponsor of our facility to come onboard as this is how we are able to make improvements - with the support of our sponsors."

The three courts have been re-sanded and painted in the Broken Hill Broncos' colours of royal blue and gold.

A new three-point line has also been added which extends an extra 500mm further out, and the keyway lines are now straight instead of angled.

"This was all decided by FIBA to make three-point shooting even more difficult and rebounding after foul shots more competitive," said Mr Semmens.

"Throughout the season all players can look forward to a much-improved court surface and will find a much better grip on the floors now when they are playing social basketball or training."

Mr Semmens said he wished to thank Anthony Harman for his work in coordinating the BHBA's sponsorship, and congratulated everyone involved in making the court refurbishment a success.