VICTORIAN Sports Minister Martin Pakula opened the Broadmeadows High Performance Hub on Friday morning at Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium.
Part of Basketball Victoria’s expanded High Performance program, the Broadmeadows High Performance Hub will become one of seven key development centres under the Andrews Labor Government’s $101 million investment in Victoria’s basketball future.
The other six High Performance Hubs established by a $5 million contribution in the 2019/20 Victorian Budget are at Geelong’s Arena, Werribee’s Eagle Stadium, Ballarat’s Sports and Entertainment Centre, the Bendigo Stadium, Shepparton Basketball Stadium and Traralgon Basketball Stadium.
Basketball Victoria will also independently establish three hubs at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South, the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre at Albert Park and Casey Stadium in Cranbourne.
Athletes at each Hub will be coached by Basketball Victoria appointed head coaches to develop the necessary skills to play in elite leagues around Australia, throughout the world and to earn scholarships to American collegiate basketball.
Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said the Hubs will provide local residents the best opportunity to rise through the ranks and pursue their elite basketball ambitions.
“With record numbers of Victorians signing up to play basketball we’re making sure communities like Broadmeadows have the best facilities and programs to develop the next Ben Simmons and Liz Cambage,” Pakula said. “These new hubs will be real winners for their local areas, working side by side with local competitions that are so important in promoting health and fitness across the community.”
Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said each Hub will enable the local basketball high performance athletes to gain further elite training right in their own region.
“The High Performance Hubs will be a major boost to the region’s junior basketball stars,” Honey said. “With the Victorian Government’s support, the hubs will provide the necessary elite training to enable the region’s elite basketballers to star at any level.
“The Victorian Government has been an incredible champion of basketball in recent years, including a number of newly built and renovated stadiums, especially our home at the State Basketball Centre.
“Basketball Victoria would like to congratulate the Victorian Government on its $5 million commitment to our high performance programs and we’re eager to see the Broadmeadows High Performance Hub, amongst our 10 High Performance Hubs throughout Victoria, start developing the Victorian basketball’s latest generation of champions.”