Remy Bordignon assists new coach St Augustines' Donna Mayer with her Funball team.
Remy Bordignon assists new coach St Augustines' Donna Mayer with her Funball team.

Basketball clubs within schools

TWO local primary schools in St Augustine’s and Kororo Public have long and proud histories of basketball excellence.

Between them they have brought home gold medals at NSW school championships and have had players represent to the highest honour in association basketball.

It is no coincidence that this on-court success is built on a very strong administrative base, with both schools having developed an in-school “basketball club” involving parents and teachers.

St Augustine’s was the first Coffs Harbour school to set up a school basketball club thanks to the vision of Geraldine Goodenough a number of years ago.

The club consists of the principal, the sports co-ordinator and parents working together and ensures those students who wanted to play basketball are given that opportunity. Today the basketball club has around 150 players in the Saturday primary and funball competition.

With the arrival of new principal Jake Madden some years ago, the club was strengthened and the school’s P & F Association became involved in developing the basketball facilities at the school.

The multi-purpose court was instigated by Madden and David Tarrant and is a project of the school’s P & F Association.

Last year four low height hoops were installed for the funball and Year 3/4 players to use.

Current co-ordinator of the basketball club Barbra Symons is full of praise for the work of the parents and teachers.

“The committee meets throughout the year with coaches and managers to address any concerns that may arise,” Symons said.

“We have an end of year presentation barbecue at the Jetty Foreshores to thank our coaches, managers and parents.

“All players receive a medal from the sports co-ordinator and there’s a free sausage sizzle.

“All playing equipment is supplied by the school and the children pay a small levy each year to assist with costs. We have regular features and updates in our fortnightly school newsletter letting the school community know of our player’s achievements.

“We hold school registration days at the end of Term 4 each year and again at the beginning of Term 1 for any new students to the school. This attracts a lot of interest as groups of friends sign up together. Students are placed into teams and we ask parents to offer assistance to coach or manage and families know that we can only enter teams into the competition if we have enough volunteers.

“When we have a new coach, we roster their training day with another team who has a more experienced coach so they can assist them.

“Having experienced representative players like Remy Bordignon, Joe Madden, Allyson Willmott and Annabel Tonks helping out is great for the younger players.

“We have a wonderful team of parents and siblings who volunteer their time and as you can see, they are well supported by our principal Jake Madden and our sports co-ordinator Dan Hammond.”

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