West Adelaide Bearcats and Western Magic
The West Adelaide Bearcats Basketball Club and the Western Magic District Basketball Club are pleased to announce they have recently commenced formal discussions with a focus on working together to develop a new Basketball Association based at the St Clair and Port Adelaide Recreation Centres. A working group comprising representatives of both clubs and Basketball SA has been appointed to determine how the Association will be structured to benefit both clubs and the western suburbs community. Once the Working Group has finalized a model structure for the Association each club will present the recommendations to their members for consideration.
The Working Group is aiming for the Association to be formed in 2010, which would provide members a strong pathway including Aussie Hoops, domestic basketball through to District and CABL. The basis of the Association concept is to develop strong grassroots growth in the region and provide greater development opportunities for players, officials, coaches and administrators.
The main aim of the association is to maintain club identities in the District division 3 to 5 competition with the elite Division 1 and 2 teams becoming representative teams selected from players within the association, providing stronger teams across all division and age grades.
West Adelaide Bearcats and Western Magic will utilise their current training facilities at St Clair and Port Adelaide with association teams potentially training at both venues.
The two clubs are working closely with Basketball SA in this exciting initiative, which is in line with Basketball SA's strategic plan to develop local associations offering convenient access to the entire playing and development pathway throughout the metropolitan area.
A sign of the progress and commitment to the creation of the new Association is the collaboration of the two clubs to build in the future a new Junior Domestic League while developing and expanding existing after school competitions at both venues.
These competitions will remain a stepping-stone for players to move towards the district competition by developing player skills.
The aim of the junior domestic competition is to provide an accessible community based competition open to all ages and skill levels. It is an opportunity for children to get involved in the sport within a fun and friendly atmosphere.
The competition will provide a link to district club basketball with a pathway from Aussie Hoops. Alternatively it acts as starting point for those interested in playing basketball for the first time.
As well as offering a pathway for players, the Junior Domestic League will provide development opportunities for officials.
This is an exciting development for grassroots and elite level basketball in the western suburbs and Club Presidents Ian Walsh and Jodie Bell encourage all to give it their full support.
Club members who wish to obtain more information or offer their assistance should contact their Club Secretary.
An information forum for Bearcats members will be held on Sunday 25th July at 12:30pm at St. Ives Recreation Centre 50 Vincent Street, Port Adelaide.