Putting the bounce in Friday

Friday, 23rd April, 2010

* Midnight Basketball Organiser Erin Seward with Broken Hill Basketball Association President Grahame Semmens. * Midnight Basketball Organiser Erin Seward with Broken Hill Basketball Association President Grahame Semmens.

The BH Basketball Association (BHBA) has thrown its support behind a new competition - Midnight Basketball.

The free Midnight Basketball program enables youngsters to take part in the popular sport, while also providing lifeskills workshops and dinner. The program has been a huge success in other centres around Australia, and will begin locally at the Sanderson Stadium on April 30. BHBA President Grahame Semmens said he had high hopes for Midnight Basketball, and predicted the program would offer another fun, sporting option for the city's youth. "We just wanted the public to know that the BHBA is right behind Midnight Basketball, and we hope all of Broken Hill gets behind this concept," he said. "It is great for the youth of Broken Hill and will have a fantastic mentor in our own Erin Seward. "We wish Erin and all involved with Midnight Basketball all the success in the future." Ms Seward, who will take on the role of tournament organiser for the program, said Midnight Basketball was open to all kids, regardless of their previous basketball experience. "It's for any kids who might be bored on a Friday night. It's a very social night and they can bring their friends along. "Local registered players are also welcome to come along. Some kids might like to play an extra game on Friday night to get their skills up and they're encouraged to come along." Teams will be organised on the night, and players can request to be placed in a team with their friends. Aside from keeping the kids entertained, Ms Seward said the program can also give parents some welcome time to themselves on a Friday night - at no cost. "We really want to emphasise that it's totally free, and parents don't really have to do anything. "We'll pick the kids up from their doorstep, feed them, give them a few games of basketball then drop them home again. "And all the kids will be fully supervised by our group of volunteers." Midnight Basketball is a drug and alcohol free event, and is being run in partnership with the Drink Safe Initiative. Sessions will run from 7.30pm until midnight on Friday nights, and are open to boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18 years. Anyone interested in participating or volunteering to help run the program can visit http://www.midnightbasketball.org.au/Locations/BROKEN HILL/ or contact Ms Seward on 0447 141 970.