Basketball plans roll on

An initiative to start a community basketball league in Tumbarumba is still simmering, despite hurdles generated by the recent Covid-19 lockdowns.

The group of parents organising the league have been continuing to work on administrative tasks during the lockdown, setting up a committee, working on a website with Basketball NSW, looking at grants, and undertaking referee and coaching training online.

One of the mothers involved, Fiona Klavins, said momentum is still carrying the project forward, with plans for some introductory ‘activation’ events once the state reaches the Premier’s goal of 80 per cent double dose vaccination and community sports can restart.

“We will be having a meeting in October to vote in the new board,” she said, outlining their progress.

“We have insurance for a couple of locations in town.”

Mrs Klavins and another local woman recently completed an online referee course online, making sure the competitions will be ready to run later this year.

“Unfortunately the two boys who were in for the coaching course – that was that Sunday, the first day we got locked down here,” she said, disappointed that the event had to be cancelled just as it was poised to go ahead.

“They were going to do an online course, but we decided to postpone it to next year when there’s a face to face course.

“We’re trying to get people trained and skilled while we’re waiting to start.”

The group’s Basketball NSW contacts in Wagga have also been waiting for the magic “80 per cent” number before restarting any games or competitions, so no events have currently been scheduled.

“At this stage, we’re not planning events and locking in dates until that 80 per cent is reached, because we don’t want to plan something and then postpone it,” said Mrs Klavins.

She’s hopeful the first events will be held before Christmas.

“In the meantime, we’re getting the admin sorted,” she said, “We’ll have our own website through Basketball NSW and we’re registered for active kids vouchers.”

The group is still welcoming interest from anyone who’d like to be involved, either in a team or in the behind-the-scenes efforts.

They’re also researching possible grants and opportunities to purchase portable equipment which will belong to the league. 

Eventually, Mrs Klavins said it’s likely that Monday nights will become basketball night in Tumbarumba, with invitations extended to residents from nearby towns such as Rosewood and Batlow. 

“We just want everyone to be included,” she said.

Anyone looking for more information about the league – or who would like to help – should email [email protected]