Glenorchy Spartans score with new sporting gear

3 December 2019|Sport| Off Comments off on Glenorchy Spartans score with new sporting gear|

THE Glenorchy Spartans are slam dunking a whole new set of basketballs after receiving almost $2,500 in funding through the Tasmanian Government’s Sport and Recreation Minor Grants Program.

Glenorchy Spartan president Rodney Graham said the much-needed funds had been used to purchase new basketballs, cones, bump bags and other training and coaching equipment for the growing club.

“We now have just under 800 members and run Tasmania’s longest running and largest social basketball competition on a Sunday with around 70 teams playing at Moonah Sports Stadium and Claremont College,” he said.

“Basketball is one of the fastest growing sports across Tasmania, including Glenorchy, and we are achieving junior growth above 10 per cent, year on year.”

Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer visited the Moonah Sports Centre recently to catch up with some of the players and coaches and see first-hand the Spartans’ new sporting gear.

“The Tasmanian Government recognises the power of sport and the role that local clubs play in engaging people from all parts of the community and fostering community and social connections,” Ms Archer said.

“I am delighted that the Glenorchy Spartans, a growing club based here in the heart of my electorate, has been successful in receiving funding through the Sport and Recreation Minor Grants Program, which aims to assist clubs in providing equipment and to undertake facility upgrades.”

Now in its second year, the Glenorchy Spartans is the amalgamation of three northern suburbs groups – the Breakers and Revellers basketball clubs and the Moonah Basketball Association.

But Mr Graham said the new club was not just about basketball.

“Playing basketball gives people the opportunity to grow as individuals and be part of a community,” he said.

“We really want to provide our members with opportunities to be treated with respect and given a fair go, develop lifetime skills to help make them valuable members of the community, make lifelong friends, and provide younger members with mentors and role models.

“Glenorchy Spartans is really pleased to have received this grant from the State Government and we thank our local member Elise Archer for all her support and look forward to continuing our valued relationship in 2020.”

Caption: From left, Glenorchy Spartans coach Danny Saville, U/22 player Joseph Woolcock, Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer, U/22 player Dominic Woolcock, club president Rodney Graham and senior women’s player Jess Direen.

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