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36ers new training home
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5 August 2019
The Adelaide 36ers' squad will assemble for the first time today to launch the 2019-20 pre-season at their new training home, the Port Adelaide Recreation Centre.
The move comes thanks to a partnership with Basketball South Australia (BSA) that is set to strengthen the club’s connection to grassroots basketball.
One initiative in planning that is sure to excite young fans is the introduction of an ambassador program that will align each 36ers player with a Premier League club. The club’s ambassador will attend club events, presentations, games and assist at trainings.
As part of a collaborative agreement, Basketball SA’s affiliate members including District Clubs, SA Country and SA Church will enjoy discounted tickets to 36ers’ home games.
Sixers’ CEO Ben Kavenagh said the partnership allows the club to build greater engagement with the basketball community.
"The community is at the heart of what we do and we are excited to work with Basketball South Australia to strengthen the relationship between grassroots and the elite," he said.
Basketball SA’s CEO Phil Sinnott is thrilled to work with the 36ers and provide a rejuvenated venue for their training.
“We are also looking forward to working with the Adelaide 36ers to promote basketball in this state, as well as connecting our juniors with their basketball idols on the courts of Adelaide.
“We’ve been really fortunate with the support of State Government, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and the West Adelaide Basketball Club, to enhance the facilities available at Port Adelaide to include new score tables, and improved amenities, in addition to the installation of three new basketball floors,” he said.
Kavenagh said the club was spoilt for choice when selecting from BSA’s premium stadium facilities.
“We are extremely impressed with the high-quality stadium facilities Basketball SA manages.
“After thorough inspections, Joey and the team have chosen to train predominately at Port Adelaide, thanks to the exceptional court surface upgrade.
“We will also use BSA’s facilities at Wayville and Marion sporadically throughout the season,” he said.
Amidst the move to the new training venue, Kavenagh acknowledged the support from Titanium Security Arena during the last 27 years.
“I would like to thank Titanium Security Arena for being our training home for almost three decades. While we had every intention to continue to train and be administered from our former home venue, unfortunately due to a clash with Adelaide Lightning’s training times it is no longer possible.
“We recognise that Adelaide Lightning is Titanium Security Arena’s number one priority and we completely understand the reasoning behind giving them precedent over the training schedule,” Kavenagh said.
Later this month the 36ers will move their administration to an office on Port Road next door to their new home, the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.