Vital volunteers sought

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

All Hedland Basketball Association is sending a call-out to basketball lovers and parents in the community to become coaches and referees to keep the sport running.

Association president Fred Nortje said the program had proven popular with youth throughout the town, but committee numbers had dropped.

“Unfortunately we’ve lost our main coaches to the footy club and we don’t have a committee to help out,” he said.

“we depend on coaches for the program.

“My contract in my job is about to run out and I will be heading back over east so I won’t be around anymore to coach teams.

“While I’ll still be doing all the admin work from afar, we do need someone to be there at the games.” The association is seeking Aussie Hoops head coaches and assistant coaches to guide night sessions, a program administrator to sign players in each night and referees for the under-12 competition.

With massive turn-outs to the programs, Mr Nortje said it would be unfortunate if the program had to end.

“Children in Hedland have showed a really high appetite for basketball,” he said.

“It’s a really beneficial sport as it runs during summer when there’s very little available to keep these young kids occupied.”

As the competition stands, the program running is an eight-week trial competition for nine to 12-year-olds and an Aussie Hoops competition for five to eight-year-olds.

To volunteer, phone Mr Nortje on 0421 473 489 or email hedlandbasketball@mail.tidy hq.com.

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