Midnight Basketball starts on the Coffs Coast at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus.
Midnight Basketball starts on the Coffs Coast at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus.

Basketball to combat problems

IDLE hands and boredom are said to be big factors contributing to vandalism and anti-social crime involving youth in our community.

Coffs Harbour solicitor Bryony Barber knows all too well how thoughtless acts can easily send a young person on a life of crime. But with support, guidance and something to do on a Saturday night she says this outcome can easily be avoided, which is why she’s helped to bring Midnight Basketball to Coffs Harbour.

Starting tomorrow night at the Coffs Harbour Education Campus from 7.30pm, young people are urged to turn out and get involved.

“What we expect from all of this is we’ll be able to help young people who have lost their way or have never found their way to understand they can control their future,” said Ms Barber, a spokeswoman for the Coffs Harbour steering committee.

Midnight Basketball is open to youth aged 12 to 18 and aims to combat troublesome incidents.

In Kempsey, police figures show that Midnight Basketball on Friday nights has helped to cut youth crime in the Macleay by 57 per cent.



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